It is now in its seventh season and each spring the American Festival Chorus has presented a choral masterwork under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop, Dean of the Utah State University Caine College of the Arts. Jessop is also the founding director of the chorus which is comprised of more than 200 mostly-local voices.
The 2015 concert is coming up Friday, March 27 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theater. Jessop says he has emphasized the best in English, American, Italian and German music before, and this year the choral works will feature two of the most outstanding composers in French musical history.
The chorus will perform Poulenc’s Gloria and Fauré’s Messe de Requiem, Op. 48.
“These are two of the most outstanding composers in French musical history. The works of Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré. No two could be more completely opposite in their viewpoint in musical language but both are uniquely French in their sound and in their output. I think it will be an incredible opportunity for our community to experience these beautiful choral master works, of these two French masters.”
Jessop says concert-goers will find the music inspiring, comforting and elevating.