The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, (GMCW) will be joined by a live orchestra and special guest, transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclairé for the world premiere of the tenor bass adaptation of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem on Saturday, March 3rd at 8 pm at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington.

GMCW’s artistic director, Dr. Thea Kano, wrote (with the permission of the Duruflé estate) this arrangement of the piece specifically for GMCW. “Audiences can expect extraordinary tenor and bass singing of one of the world’s most beautiful choral pieces, accompanied by a stellar orchestra of musicians from around the DC area,” Kano explained. “In addition to the Requiem, the chorus will sing Duruflè’s ‘Messe Cum Jubilo,’ which the composer wrote for unison tenor and bass voices.”

The acoustics in the Church of the Epiphany are perfect for this piece and experiencing it for the first time in its history will be exciting, and the concert will be recorded live. “It is a milestone for GMCW, in that we are presenting a piece that has for many years been a staple in the SATB chorus world. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate that we are an arts organization that can sing the classical repertoire, and we just happen to be LGBT – it’s a statement for equality. And it is always exciting to present a premiere of a new adaptation.”

The Duruflé Requiem is an extraordinarily beautiful piece. The arc paints a picture of calm and serenity, and is not by any means a downer or grave. It is hopeful and there are beautiful harmonic progressions and huge, dramatic climaxes throughout the work, so it is interesting and captivating. The special guest performance of Baltimore-native Breanna Sinclairé is expected to open up the eyes and ears of audiences. “We are very proud to have Breanna part of this project. She’ll bring the ‘wow’ factor. She is a phenomenal singer and musician. Her performance is powerful, the audience is in for a treat.”

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Frankie Kujawa
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Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.