The newly formed Peabody Square Choral Artists will present their debut concert this Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Parish of All Saints in Ashmont. The group will perform two choral selections from 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé: the Messe ‘Cum jubilo’ and the Requiem.
The two choral works are among the select few pieces of music completed by the composer, who was famous for his perfectionism and for being critical of his own work. Conductor Michael Raleigh pointed to Duruflé’s unique use of medieval Gregorian chants in his music as a feature rarely heard by audiences.
“He was known for his use of the Gregorian chant--he takes old chants from the 10th century and adds some complex 19th and 20th century harmony, but in fact his works are completely based around the chant,” he explained.
Raleigh said the choral group is comprised of a collection of “friends, colleagues, and students,” including professional musicians, music students, and skilled avocational musicians. The concert will also feature organists Andrew Sheranian and Ross Wood.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Raleigh at PeabodySquareChoralArtists@gmail.com.