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Sheepscot Chorus to Sing "Requiem for the Living" on April 29 and 30 3:00 PM Second Congregational Church of Newcastle UCC , Newcastle

Sheepscot Chorus invites you to a concert featuring "Requiem for the Living," and soprano Mary Sullivan, on Saturday, April 29 at 3:00 PM, and Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 PM, at the Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St., Newcastle. A chorister said this when we last performed the "Requiem": "It was such an incredible joy to be a part of yesterday's extraordinary concert. My family members were stunned by the beauty of the "Requiem" which has left most of us profoundly moved."

"Requiem for the Living" by Dan Forrest, composed in 2013, is scored for mixed choir and orchestra with solos for soprano and tenor. Combining both liturgical and non-liturgical texts, this powerful five-movement work projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light. The work has received more than a hundred performances world-wide within a year of its composition, including performances in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.

Sheepscot Valley Chorus is also delighted to announce the winners of our 2023 Student Music Awards, given annually to one student from each of the three local high schools. The students are selected by their high school music teachers, chosen for their commitment to and leadership in music. Award winners receive a stipend from the chorus and perform at the spring concerts. The 2023 Student Music Award winners are Grace Campbell from Boothbay Region High School, Matthew Long from Lincoln Academy, and Elizabeth Chase from Wiscasset High School.

Pieces based on the beautiful poetry of the Song of Solomon, and Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In will round out the second half of the program. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students, and may be purchased at Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta, at the door, and at For more information, please visit,, email, or call 207-380-2768.

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