In the spring of 2015, the Opus Chorale had the amazing opportunity to give the American premiere of a new setting of the Requiem Mass composed by Norwegian composer, Kim Andre Arnesen. Since then, Opus has developed a close relationship with Kim and is committed to performing Kim’s music whenever possible.
Because of this relationship, Opus has entered into an agreement with Kim for a new choral work based on Psalm 121. The work will be 5-6 minutes in length and will be a mix of scriptural texts along with modern texts written by Euan Tait. The organ will play a key role in this work, and the choir will be required to divide into 8 vocal parts. The style will be in much the same style of the great Angilcan anthems of Parry and Stanford, but composed in a style unique to Kim. The anthem is contracted to be completed and in our possession by August 1, 2016. It will be premiered in our winter concert in December, 2016.
The anthem is being commissioned in memory of our colleague and friend, Carol Eich, who served as our accompanist a few years ago. Carol was a college professor and church organist in Charleston her entire career before she passed away in 2015 after a short battle with cancer. Carol passed away the same weekend as our Arnesen Requiem premiere in April of 2015.
If you would like to contribute to this memorial commission, please click on the donate tab at the bottom of the screen. In the memo, place this text: “In memory of Carol Eich.”
Here is a picture of Carol Eich at the Fisk organ located in the First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV.