The Opus Chorale presents Requiem by Kim Andre Arnesen

  • Posted on: 27 March 2015
  • By: Dan Shreve

The Opus Chorale of Charleston, West Virginia will be presenting the American premiere of Requiem by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen on April 12 at 3pm. The Requiem Mass is one of the oldest liturgies of the church with centuries old versions in existence. Arnesen uses traditional musical settings and text while in the third movement seamlessly weaving in the Emily Dickenson poem “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking”. Though out the 50 minute work Kim Arnesen’s passion for composing music that strengthens the soul is heard in a variety of rhythmic and musical techniques.

The Media Center worked with the artistic director and conductor of The Opus Chorale David Donathan to produce this video that gives a sample of the music from a rehearsal along with insights about the composition. The Opus Chorale of Charleston, West Virginia is made up 16 voices that annually preforms a variety of choral music. For this premiere past members have been invited back to expand the number of voices to 24 that will be accompanied by eleven strings, three percussionists, and a solo trumpet.

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