Choral Union To Perform Dan Forrest’s ‘Requiem for the Living’ March 15

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Capital University’s Choral Union will present the regional debut of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living at 8 pm Saturday, March 15, in Mees Hall on Capital’s Bexley campus, 1 College and Main. Forrest, a highly sought-after composer, will rehearse with the ensemble prior to attending the performance, which is free and open to the public.

The performance features Capital students, faculty, alumni and Central Ohio community members as instrumentalists and soloists, including:

  • Luke Peart, boy soprano, Columbus Children's Choir member 
  • Emily Totedo '15, soprano 
  • Richard Spires, tenor 
  • Juan Ortega, violin 
  • Joe Mueller, cello 
  • Yan Ni, harp 
  • Chad Baker, organ 
  • Melissa Stevens, oboe 
  • Lisa Jelle, flute  
  • Heidi Wick, horn  

Established in 1992, the Capital University Choral Union is one of the premier volunteer choirs in Central Ohio, distinguished by its keen musicianship and challenging repertoire. Under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, the group performs literature that spans the history of choral singing, from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.

Choral-Union-252Sixty voices strong, its members are singers from communities throughout the region, including Capital alumni, faculty, staff and students. The Choral Union participates annually in the Capital University Christmas Festival, and presents two other concerts a year, one of which features a work with orchestra.

Past major works have included Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, and the famed Requiem works by Mozart, Verdi, Brahms and Fauré. With Requiem for the Living, the Choral Union will premiere the chamber orchestration of Forrest’s newest and best-known work.

“A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest — traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Requiem for the Living, however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead,” Forrest writes in his program notes for the work.

Requiem for the Living leads listeners along a path — progressive stages of emotion brilliantly expressed through music — from grief, desperation and anger, to surrender, solace flowing from heavenly intervention, relief, hope and, ultimately, peace.

According to his website,, Forrest’s choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, and his commissioned choral works have been premiered in major venues around the world, from the World Choral Symposium (Argentina) to Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan) to Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. His music has been broadcast multiple times on American Public Media’s Performance Today. His new Requiem for the Living is quickly becoming his best-known work, having received overwhelming acclaim since its premiere.

Forrest is highly active in the choral publishing industry, both in concert choral music (maintaining a choral series in his name with Hinshaw Music) and in church choral music (serving as associate editor at Beckenhorst Press), and has published with more than a dozen publishers.

Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.




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