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Alexandria Choral Society Performs Requiem by Gabriel Fauré March 9

The Alexandria Choral Society in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy Alexandria Choral Society)

Alexandria, VA – In collaboration with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and American University
Symphony, the Alexandria Choral Society will perform the gently captivating Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.
Fauré’s requiem portrays death as, “a happy deliverance, [and] an aspiration towards happiness above,
rather than as a painful experience.” The soothing beauty has made it a favorite piece around the world,
and a tender tribute to its composer. Featured soloists include Fotina Naumenko, soprano, and Karl
Hempel, bass.

Paired with Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, the Bell Song from Lakme, and the masterful Symphony
No. 2 in A-Minor by Fauré’s teacher and friend, Camille Saint-Saëns, patrons are sure to have a magical
evening honoring one of France’s most widely-admired and influential composers. Join us as we honor
this legendary composer on the 100th anniversary of his death in Remembering Fauré on Saturday,
March 9, at 8pm at Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA. Tickets, more information, and a discount code are
available now at

Our 54th season holds much more in store! In April, our chamber ensemble, Pro Coro Alexandria, will
sing about nostalgic trips to the beach in our concert entitled To the Sea. Join us for a variety of songs
from choral classics such as Shenandoah and What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? to sea shanties
and gospel favorites. We will close the season in May with a concert filled with music of love, healing, and
growth entitled Just As I Am featuring the winners of our annual Sing Off Grant, the Alexandria City High
School Advanced Choir. From the masters to magical storytelling, our season has something for

About the Alexandria Choral Society:

Since its founding in 1970, the Alexandria Choral Society has delighted audiences year in and year out.
For half a century, ACS has enriched the Alexandria community with a broad spectrum of choral works,
from the Renaissance to modern American composers, from small chamber pieces to major works for
chorus and orchestra, and from a great variety of musical cultures. With thoughtful programming,
including several world premieres under Artistic Director Emeritus Brian Fontaine-Isaac, who served as
Artistic Director from 2017-2023, ACS is expanding the choral repertoire in the city of Alexandria and greater Washington region. We are excited to welcome Interim Artistic Director Kathryn Harsha this

For more information visit Follow ACS on Facebook and Instagram.
Our season is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the
Arts, and The Ross Roberts Fund for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

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