Cantata Singers Present Choral Works of Celebrated Local Composer Dan Forrest
February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Dan Forrest, born in Breesport, NY, in 1978, is counted among the greatest choral composers of our time.
The Cantata Singers will present a concert entitled “The Music of Breesport Native Dan Forrest” on Sunday, February 25, at Grace Episcopal Church, Elmira, at 4 p.m. The program will be repeated on Sunday, March 4, at The Church of the Redeemer in Sayre, PA, at 3 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.
Dan Forrest began his musical education locally. studying piano with Frances McLaren, who is currently the accompanist for the Cantata Singers. Forrest is a graduate of the Twin Tiers Christian School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music as well as a master’s degree of music in piano performance from Bob Jones University, and a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas.
Forrest’s compositions include choral, instrumental, and orchestral works. His choral works have received the ASCAP Morton Guild Young Composer’s Award, among many others, and have been performed in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and on NPR’s Performance Today.
“We believe that this concert is of special significance to our region,” said Will Wickham, Cantata Singers Director. “It is important to expose local audiences to Forrest’s music not only because it will be counted among the greatest choral music ever written but also because they should know the talent that comes from our area and the quality of music education available here.”
The Cantata Singers will perform Forrest’s Te Deum and Words from Paradise in the first part of the program, with the Requiem for the Living comprising the second half. Requiem for the Living, introduced in 2013, was performed more than one hundred times in the U.S. Canada, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia in its first year.
In addition to the 42 Cantata Singers, the performance will include instrumentalists affiliated with Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Houghton College, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton Philharmonic and Crane School of Music.
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