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Westminster to present Good Friday performance

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Westminster Presbyterian Church invites the public to attend a Good Friday performance of selections of Giuseppes Verdi’s “Requiem.” Selections include “Requiem,” “Dies irae,” “Liber scriptus,” “Confutatis,” “Lacrimosa,” “Agnus Dei” and “Libera me.”

The Chancel Choir, directed by Robert Davis, will be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble and featured soloists: AnDrea James (soprano), Jennifer Weydert (mezzo-soprano), Grace Shanks (tenor) and Brian Balika (bass). Members of the DeKalb Festival Chorus also will accompany the Chancel Choir.

AnDrea James, currently a graduate vocal student at Northern Illinois University and member of the St. Charles Singers, has been and adjunct professor at Naugatuck Community College in Connecticut, where she taught private voice and started an opera program. Jennifer Weydert, a longtime member of the chancel choir, plays french horn well and sings with several groups within the church. Grace Shanks, a senior vocal major at NIU, has been a soloist for the Faure “Requiem” and has sung in numerous ensembles. She recently performed a very successful senior recital. Brian Balika is an NIU graduate and member of the NIU ensemble in residence Cor Cantiamo, conducted by Eric Johnson.

The chorus and soloists will be accompanied by a small ensemble of accomplished musicians including Mark Robinson, Greg Heintz, Chris Komos, Merrick Vajgrt and Victoria Young.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is located on 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Good Friday Service begins at 7 p.m. today. All are welcome to attend.

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