Spring Concert, Saturday May 28, 2016, 3 PM and UH Choral Scholarship Presentation

Spring 2016 Poster2Chorus to Perform Two Requiems

The Hilo Community Chorus will present Luigi Cherubini’s “Requiem in C minor” and Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” in concert on Saturday, May 28, at 3:00 pm at First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Hawaii 96720.  Click here to see location at Google Maps.

The Cherubini, which will be accompanied by Walter Greenwood, premiered January 21, 1816 at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the twenty-third anniversary of his beheading during the French Revolution. It was admired by Beethoven and performed at his funeral. Schumann praised it as being “without equal in the world.”

The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, (2013) form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. It will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble and will be conducted by Dr. Daniel Mahraun, who first conducted HCC last spring at the Palace Theater. Rachel Edwards, last year’s recipient of the Hawaii Concert Society’s scholarship, will be the guest soprano soloist.

Moriah Mathson, student at UH-Hilo, will be the recipient of the third annual Hilo Community Chorus Tom McAlexander Choral Music Scholarship award for 2016. According to her instructor, Amy Horst, “ Moriah is a Senior Psychology major with a 3.96 GPA. She has been an extremely dedicated alto singer in the University Chorus this past semester, and I look forward to her continuing with University Chorus in the Fall, and then joining the Kapili Choir in the Spring, next school year.”

Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased from chorus members or at the door. For more information, call HCC choral director Tom McAlexander (985-7192) or email tommac@hawaii.rr.com.

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Dr. Daniel Mahraun to Guest Conduct “Requiem for the Living” at Spring Concert

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Daniel Mahraun will conduct “Requiem for the Living” at the Hilo Community Chorus upcoming Spring Concert.

Hilo Community Chorus Music Director Tom McAlexander will conduct the Cherubini requiem. While Mr Mahraun is conducting the Forrest requiem, Mr McAlexander will join the tenor section to sing in the chorus.  While Mr McAlexander is conducting the Cherubini requiem, Mr Mahraun will join the baritone section to sing in the chorus.

Daniel A. Mahraun is a choral conductor and editor/arranger of music for choirs. As a lyric baritone, he devotes his time to oratorio, art song, and choral singing, especially of early music. He currently serves as choir director at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.

In his most recent academic appointment, he served as Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In that capacity, he conducted the Concert Choir, Festival Women’s Choir and Draco Voces Men’s Choir, and taught voice and conducting. Previously, Dr. Mahraun spent two seasons as a full-time member of the St. Paul-based, early music group The Rose Ensemble. He can be heard on the Rose’s 2014 CD, A Toast To Prohibition.

For ten years prior, Dr. Mahraun was Director of Choral Activities at Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.) and held the Elmer F. Pierson Distinguished Professorship in Music. During that same time, he served as Music Director of the Bethany Oratorio Society, conducting the renowned Society’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah on Palm Sunday and Easter, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on Good Friday. Inspired in part by that work, his article “What Language Shall I Borrow?: Singing in Translation” appeared in the May 2016 issue of the Choral Journal, the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association.

Mahraun holds a BME from Wartburg College (Waverly, Ia.), master’s degrees in conducting and performance from the University of Northern Iowa, and a DMA in the literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.