Requiem for the Living
3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2023
Chorus Polaris is excited to be part of Edina Chorale’s presentation of Dan Forrest’s choral-orchestral masterpiece, Requiem For the Living. This concert is a collaboration among Edina Chorale, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and Chorus Polaris.
The Mississippi Valley Orchestra (MVO) opens the program with Song for Orchestra by Ruth Gipps. The presentation of Song for Orchestra is part of their season-long exploration of Gipps' music. A trailblazer for women in the arts, Gipps composed this short tone poem in 1948.
Next, Fanya Lin will join the orchestra to perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Described by Musical America and The New York Times as a “striking interpreter” who gives a “committed and heartfelt performance,” Fanya has captivated audiences worldwide with her charismatic and gripping performances.*
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Fanya is a top prizewinner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, the Concours International de Piano France-Amériques, the New York International Piano Competition, and the Seattle International Piano Competition. Fanya earned her Doctoral Degree at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw; her Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School with Professor Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal; and her Bachelor’s Degree at Weber State University with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang. In Fall 2019, Dr. Fanya Lin joined the University of Arizona in Tucson as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano, where she teaches applied lessons in piano and coaches chamber music.**
The concert culminates in a collaborative performance of Requiem for the Living by modern American composer Dan Forrest. This stunning masterwork for full orchestra and large chorus re-imagines the traditional Latin requiem with a combination of new and traditional texts, lush harmonies, and memorable and moving melodies. This work is an exceptional piece incorporating contemporary musical preferences while honoring the great requiems of the past.
* https://fanyalin.com/biography/ (retrieved 10 February 2023)