"Street Requiem" Choral Work

...to anchor April 14 Good Friday Observance

The centerpiece of this solemn observance will be a new choral and orchestral work titled “Street Requiem.” Composed in 2014 by a trio of international musicians, the work premiered in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past few years the growing number of performances have already had a major emotional impact on people around the world.

According to its creators, “Street Requiem” was conceived with the aim of bringing peace, remembrance, and hope to communities like ours that are struggling to come to terms with homelessness and a loss of feeling safe in parts of our city. However, the piece is more about empowerment and hope for the future than it is about fear, mortality, and death. It nonetheless challenges the listener to do something about the situation of people suffering and dying in the shadows or out of sight. Though the tone of “Street Requiem” can often be confronting, it more importantly encourages listeners to examine their own attitudes and beliefs about homelessness.

"As part of the human race, we must find compassion for those we never knew who’ve died senselessly while living on the street, whether they were young or old, in violence or in illness. Through remembering them, we are reminded to value all life…lest we forget.” 

 This is not a concert; it is a Good Friday religious observance, interwoven with sacred texts and prayers generally focused on Jesus’ death, as well as on all people who have died--especially the homeless. The “offering” to be collected will be donated to charitable organizations such as Catholic Charities and the Sonoma County Task Force on the Homeless—organizations that struggle daily to provide services to some of our most needy local citizens. Bring a friend to this Good Friday observance and join us for an evening of solemn reflection.

- Composers Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch