Fauré Requiem and Gounod Requiem in Paris - June 7 to 17, 2018
Fourteen members of the WVC performed in a concert of Fauré's Requiem in Gabriel Fauré's home church, L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, where he composed his Requiem and premiered it in 1888. Also in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod, the WVC singers performed Gounod's Requiem in the same concert. MidAmerica International (the group that sponsors the choral concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) organized the concerts, tours, lodging, and local transportation. The trip which spanned nine days of work (rehearsals and performances) and play (tours of the sites in and around Paris) was amazing!
Members of the WVC who performed in the concert at La Madeleine in Paris on June 12, 2018.
Videos of the perfomances of the two Requiems.
Peter Tiboris, the Director of MidAmerica, relayed this historical tidbit: Charles Gounod was the music director at La Madeleine prior to Fauré. On Gounod’s death, his requiem was performed at La Madeleine with Fauré conducting, Camille Saint-Saens playing the organ and Giuseppe Verdi in the audience!
L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, outside & inside.
For more info about and photos of this venue see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Madeleine,_Paris
For photos and videos taken by the WVC travelers go to WVC's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/warwickvalleychorale
Check out these web pages that captured some of our experiences on previous MidAm singing tours: