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Manchester Choral Society has ‘Requiem’ premiere by NH composer

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MANCHESTER – At 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, the Manchester Choral Society will present Maurice Durufle's ethereal, Gregorian chant-inspired “Requiem” and the world premiere of “Requiem: Learning to Fall” by award-winning New Hampshire composer Jonathan Santore, at Ste. Marie Parish, 378 Notre Dame Ave.

Commissioned by the Yeoman's Fund for the Arts, Santore's choral-
orchestral work uses texts by poet Peggy Johnson, inspired by Philip Simmons' book “Learning to Fall,” a reflection on the art of living and his experiences with Lou Gehrig's disease.

“'Requiem: Learning to Fall' is a powerful combination of text and music, which reminds listener and performer how to deal with adversity with dignity, resilience and grace,” said singer Kirsten Mohring.

The Manchester Choral Society is committed to sharing and promoting the best choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant performances, collaboration, and educational and community outreach. Established in 1961, MCS is a nonprofit, auditioned community choir and continues to be one of the region's most respected choral organizations.

Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors/youth, and free for students in grades K-12. To purchase tickets in advance or for further information about Manchester Choral Society, call 472-6627 or visit

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