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'The Road Home' with Harmonia

Buffalo's Harmonia Chamber Singers have two ambitious events planned. Led by Rev. Robert Duerr, guest conductor, the choir is reaching for the next level with music ranging from the medieval era to modern times.

"The Road Home" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and is described as "a requiem for those we love." The concert, without intermission, is designed to unfold seamlessly. It includes medieval chant; music by Bach and Palestrina, Elgar's "Lux Aeterna" and  Paulus' "The Road Home." Two bright songs by contemporary composer Shawn Kirchner, "Hallelujah" and "Unclouded Day."T he concert takes place at Saints Peter and Paul Church (5480 Main St., Williamsville). A $15 donation is requested for this concert.

At 4 p.m. on Nov. 5 at St. Louis Church (35 Edward St.), Harmonia is singing at a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass for All Souls Day, the ancient feast that calls on the living to pray for the dead. The Mass, according to tradition, will be complete with a catafalque -- a kind of casket surrounded by candles, standing for all the departed souls. The celebrant is the Rev. Jeffrey Nowak. Duerr will be directing Harmonia in music mostly from the medieval and Renaissance eras. All are welcome and there is no admission charge.

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