This morning on KALW’s Artery program — the weekly arts segment that plays at the end of “Morning Edition” every Thursday at about 8:51 a.m. — reporter Nathaniel Johnson had a lovely story about the presentation of the Fauré Requiem at Grace Cathedral this Sunday.
You can listen to Johnson’s radio piece here.
The piece called attention to the suitability of the Requiem — a choral and orchestral setting of the Christian funeral mass, a project which most major composers tackle sooner or later — being sung on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, in a time of war. Alan Jones, the Dean of the cathedral, had some things to say about how funerals ask us to look at death instead of just ignoring that inevitability, and how it’s particularly necessary to do so when our country is involved in a war.
Pictured: Composer Gabriel Fauré