Choral Evensong will perform the “Duruflé Requiem, Op. 9” in gratitude for the life of Donald Teeters, Boston organist and choral director, in a concert next Sunday, March 29, at 5 p.m. at the Parish of Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover.
The piece will be performed by the choirs of Christ Church, Andover and Christ Church, Hamilton-Wenham, conducted by John Russell. Barbara Bruns will serve as organist, with Anney Barrett featured as mezzo-soprano and Kate Jensik on cello.
“Requiem, Op. 9,” commissioned in 1947 by the French music publisher Durand, was written in memory of Maurice Duruflé’s father. At the time of commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the Requiem that uses numerous themes from the Gregorian “Mass for the Dead.” Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant.
Bruns, minister of music at The Parish of Christ Church, Andover and Russell, director of music at Christ Church, Hamilton-Wenham, will lead the choirs of both churches in the performance.
Teeters was one of the longest-serving conductors, music teachers and organists in the Boston area. He was music director of The Boston Cecilia from 1968 to 2012 and All Saints Parish, Brookline from 1967 to 2014. He also was a professor of music at New England Conservatory in Boston from 1971 to 2014.
He led the first U.S. period-instrument performance of J. . Bach’s “St. John Passion” in 1981 and was a pioneer in the modern revival of Handel, performing a 19 oratorios with The Boston Cecilia, one of Boston’s historic choral organizations founded in 1876. He led the U.S. premiere of Benjamin Britten’s “Phaedra” and numerous world premieres.
Bruns, the associate conductor of The Boston Cecilia, has a long association with Teeters.
“Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis” of Herbert Howells will also be performed at the service. For more information, call Christ Church, Andover at 978-475-0529 or visit www.christchurchandover.org.