New Jersey Symphony to Present Fauré’s Requiem & George Walker’s “Lilacs”

By Chris Ruel

The New Jersey Symphony will present Fauré’s Requiem, featuring soprano Tiffany Townsend and baritone Reginald Smith Jr. Heather Buchanan will direct the Montclair State University Chorale. Eric Jacobsen conducts.

Also on the program is former Montclair, New Jersey resident George Walker‘s (1922-2018) “Lilacs

Walker was the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He earned the award in 1996 for “Lilacs,” originally dedicated to Black tenor Roland Hayes. The piece is a setting of four stanzas from Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” a poem inspired by Whitman’s elegy to President Abraham Lincoln, written in 1865.

Performance Date:  Mar. 30 – 31 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and Apr. 2-3 at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick