Two brothers and their choirs will unite for a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 S.W. West Hills Road in Corvallis.
Dr. Greg Zielke of the music department of Grace University in Omaha, Neb., is bringing the Grace Chorale to perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with the UCC’s Sanctuary Choir — led by his brother, Dr. Steve Zielke, the church’s director of music.
Greg Zielke will direct the combined choirs, while Steve Zielke will sing the baritone solos. Melissa Simpson, a choral major at Oregon State University, will perform the soprano solos. A 13-piece orchestra comprising harp, violas, cellos, bass, solo violin and horns will accompany the choirs. The Grace Chorale also will perform several other pieces.
The Sanctuary Choir, made up of about 35 volunteer singers, sings at most Sunday services at the church.
A Requiem is a Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons. By extension, “Requiem” refers to the music performed in the Mass.
Steve Zielke said it was a stroke of good fortune that his brother and his choir planned to be in the area this Sunday as part of a West Coast tour. “It happened to be the date they’re coming, and it’s Passion Sunday,” he said, referring to the day that begins Holy Week, which commemorates Christ’s death and resurrection.
“(The Requiem) works awfully great in terms of Holy Week,” he said. “It’s a classic piece that’s very well known and beloved by the public. It’s a beautiful piece, and it’s deceptively difficult. The ranges make it difficult for singers, and the tuning is difficult.
“But singers love to sing it,” he continued. “Singers are fed by the experience of performing it, and the solo work is beautiful. That’s the reason why it occupies Level 1 with both singers and audience.”
The Zielke brothers have collaborated before, notably in 2009, when Greg Zielke and his choir came to Oregon to join in the Corvallis Repertory Singers’ holiday concert. Steve Zielke directs the repertory singers, and is OSU’s director of choral activities and coordinator of music.
Admission to the performance is free; a goodwill offering will be taken. Further information is available at 541-757-8122.