Everyone who follows “classical music” in Hamilton knows that Central Presbyterian Church is an important venue. They offer the Sundays at Three Concert series during Lent each year. The Hamilton Philharmonic and McMaster Choirs have chosen the church as a site for concerts.
There is an excellent church choir which sings interesting and challenging repertoire at services and in the concert series. There’s also a big and impressive organ and an organist who can show it off.
That organist, Paul Grimwood, and his choir and soloists are offering concert goers a unique experience this Good Friday evening (April 14, 2017).
They will be performing the Requiem for Louis XV by French Baroque composer François Giroust and the well-known Duruflé Requiem,
Music in the French court was an elaborate business with soloists, an 80 voice choir and orchestra, all on staff. Giroust received the job as Maître de Chapelle in 1775, and later became the Surintendant for all the music in the palace. He stayed on at Versailles as concièrge after the revolution, keeping bees and playing revolutionary songs on the palace organ until he died in 1799.
Jack Eby, the head of music at Bishop’s University, is a friend of Paul Grimwood. Eby did his doctorate in Paris on Giroust. He prepared the performing addition of the Requiem, score and parts, from the original, handwritten manuscript. It is that version of the work that will be performed on Friday night when Dr. Eby will be in attendance.
This piece was first performed on May 10, 1775, a year to the day after the death of Louis XV, at St Denis, the Royal Abbey north of Paris where all the Royal family was buried.
It was performed each year until shortly after the French Revolution and never since then. Not once. Not in France, not anywhere else.
So this Hamilton performance will be the first in 225 years.
A unique opportunity for music lovers of all kinds.
8:00 pm – Good Friday Concert.
Central Presbyterian Church,
165 Charlton Ave. West,
8:00 pm – Friday, April 14, 2017
REQUIEM: Maurice Duruflé
REQUIEM for LOUIS XV (1775):François Giroust
Tickets at the door or online.