A bold new interpretation of the traditional mass for the dead for amplified chamber ensemble and chorus by Fireworks director Brian Coughlin.
“Gregorian chant meets indie rock combined with the lush choral sounds of Arvo Pärt and Carl Orff to create an original sound world that bridges the old and the new.” —Torrington Register Citizen
Using the traditional structure of the Requiem mass and styles ranging from plainchant and organum to neoromanticism and minimalism, Brian Coughlin’s dramatic, eclectic work pays homage to the long, venerable tradition of the mass as a vehicle for musical expression. By pairing the chorus with the amplified instruments of Fireworks Ensemble and juxtaposing the ancient Latin texts with rock-style settings of original poetry, however, Requiem also offers a fresh perspective on the timeless themes of loss, sacrifice, and the fragility of the human experience. Over the course of the evening-length performance, Requiem transforms the lament for the dead into a celebration of life, renewal, and hope.