RequiemThe Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation Chancel Choir will present the premiere of Jeff Prater’s new work entitled Requiem Æternam at both morning services (8:30 & 11:00 a.m.) on Sunday, February 21 in the Sanctuary, 2622 Lincoln Way in Ames. Dr. Prater teaches in the Department of Music at Iowa State University, where he is professor emeritus of music, a past chair of the music theory division, and past director of the ISU Chamber Singers. His musical compositions have been performed throughout the world.

This composition intermixes musical settings of three sections from the original Latin Requiem text with sung verses from three hymns in English. Jeff has dedicated this musical work to all of those now absent friends, their children and/or grandchildren, relatives, colleagues and mentors, and fellow members of C/W who have passed away during the past eleven years, beginning with Jeff’s wife Jane (Jan. 2005), and most recently with his mother Elsie (Jan. 2016).

The Requiem is written for chorus and soloists, and is scored for an orchestra of strings, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two horns, trumpet, trombone, and various percussion instruments. The chamber orchestra will consist of members of the Des Moines Symphony, ISU faculty and students, and townspeople. All soloists are members of the Chancel Choir. The conductor will be Dr. Michael Golemo, chair of the Music Department at ISU.

The public is invited, and there is no charge for the performance.

Click to learn about Jeffrey L. Prater.