The words 'lofty', 'sublime' and 'death' do not normally go hand in hand, but in Darwin Chorale’s forthcoming concert, Fauré Requiem, those themes are seamlessly bridged.
For composer Gabriel Fauré, death is likened to going to sleep, and his outlook is therefore introverted and lullaby-like.
The traditional Catholic mass is caressed in a way that the listener is soothed by what Fauré called the “very human feeling of faith in eternal rest”.
Chorale program manager Annette Gore says the show, under the direction of music director Digby Barrow, will be performed on Palm Sunday in the lead up to Easter.
“We always do an Easter concert of some description and we’ve gone back to Fauré because it suits the time of year,” she says.
“We’ll be singing two pieces - the Fauré Requiem, and one of Bach’s motets - Jesu, meine Freude
Sun 14 Apr | 4pm | Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin | $30 | $10 Child 5-15 | darwinchorale.org.au