April 14 | 7pm
Good Friday’s evening service will be Requiem mass composed by Mack Wilberg. The Requiem is written for chorus, baritone, soprano and string orchestestra with horns, flutes and harp. It uses two traditional texts – “Requiem aeternam” (Latin for “eternal rest”) and “Kyrie eleison” (Greek for “Lord have mercy”) – along with another Latin liturgical text, “O nata lux” (O Jesus Born of Light). The remainder is in English and includes psalms such as “I will lift up mine eyes,” “How lovely is thy dwelling place” and “The Lord is my shepherd.” A passage from the Gospel of John is also used: “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Mack Wilberg said, “A Requiem does not have to do with any specific church’s dogma, I think it’s associated with consolation and solace.” Craig Jessop, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who premiered the work, describes the Requiem as “hauntingly beautiful and serene. In some ways, it compels you to leave this hustle-bustle world and lulls you into deep serenity, introspection and consolation.”
All are welcome to this free event.