CHORAL FESTIVAL CONCERT #1:
THE ROAD EAST
APRIL 30, 2024 7:30 PM

ORLANDO SINGS SYMPHONIC CHORUS & HARMONIA

DongKyu Lee, guest conductor from South Korea
First United Methodist Church of Orlando

Immerse yourself in a truly enchanting musical journey as Harmonia and the Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus bring to life the rich and captivating choral tradition of South Korea. Delight in the rare privilege of witnessing an esteemed international guest conductor guide our harmonious journey, bringing to life the soul-stirring music of their homeland.

Transport yourself to the vibrant and diverse musical landscape of South Korea, where choral singing is a hugely popular national movement. Be part of this groundbreaking moment as we proudly present many these mesmerizing choral masterpieces for the first time in the United States.

KyungSuk Cheon The Song of Iris Rossii: Requiem for the Comfort Women
MinHyeong Lee Jeongseon Arirang
& more Choral Music from South Korea

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FESTIVAL DINNER
May 3, 2024 6:00 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church

Join us for dinner on Friday May 3 before the Orlando Sings Choral Festival Concert: The Road West.

Meet composers and conductors, dine with our star choir members, enjoy a beautiful catered meal, and relax before the concert knowing the venue is just a few steps away!

Seating is limited so reserve your tickets today. Enjoy food and fun with the vibrant Orlando Sings musical artist and audience community!

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CHORAL FESTIVAL CONCERT #2:
THE ROAD WEST
MAY 3, 2024 8:00 PM

ORLANDO SINGS SYMPHONIC CHORUS
ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Justin Chase & Andrew Minear, conductors

First United Methodist Church of Orlando

On The Road West, find an unmissable encounter of tradition and innovation through the transcendent beauty of Fauré’s Requiem, and the groundbreaking blend of Indian and Western classical styles in Esmail’s Malhaar: A Requiem for Water.


2024 marks 100 years since the death of French composer Gabriel Fauré, one of the most revered composers of the late 19th century. His beautiful Requiem, unlike traditional requiem settings, embraces a serene and contemplative approach, focusing on the themes of rest, peace, and eternal light.


In Hindustani music, Malhaar refers to a family of raags that beckon rain. The work intertwines texts from the traditional Latin Requiem mass alongside the work of Wendell Berry and William O’Daly, along with interspersed Hindi. It traces a trajectory of beauty and awe of water, the fear and devastation around its loss, an answered plea of atonement, and eventually a promise of a new cycle of life.


Both works are full of hope as they guide the listener through a spectrum of feelings – from contemplation to exultation, from reflection to catharsis. In this powerful fusion of west and east, timeless and contemporary, we are reminded of our connection with the earth and our common humanity.


Gabriel Fauré Requiem, Op. 48

Reena Esmail Malhaar: A Requiem for Water

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