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Ohlone Chamber Singers perform "The Great French Requiems"

By Margot Abbott.

Friday, March 14, 2008—Reprinted from Contra Costa Times [full article: Opera performances doing well after change of venue].

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF LIVERMORE is sponsoring a Palm Sunday concert March 16 at 4 p.m. The Ohlone Chamber Singers and the Chamber Orchestra, with Dennis Keller conducting, will perform "The Great French Requiems" by Maurice Durufle and Gabriel Faure.

Considered two of the greatest French composers, Durufle and Faure use the ancient formula of the Roman Catholic Church's Requiem Mass to ponder the vagaries of the human condition.

Durufle's work was composed in 1947 while he was mourning the death of his father. Faure composed his Misse de Requiem between 1887 and 1890, and although it is more about his desire to compose new music, it does convey his own personal feelings and attitudes about death.

The Ohlone Chamber Singers are based at Ohlone College. Since 1987, they have performed all over the Bay Area, as well as internationally, and have recorded five CDs. The 32 singers and musical director are preparing for a 2009 concert tour of China.

The Ohlone Chamber Singers and the Chamber Orchestra concert is 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St. in Livermore. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors and students and are available at the door.

For details about the group, Keller and the music, visit

Reach Margot Abbott c/o the Times, P.O. Box 607, Pleasanton, CA 94566 or

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