Music of Maurice Duruflé Celebrated at Church of the Redeemer Sarasota Debut of Conductor Todd Craven

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The music of French composer and organist Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) will be celebrated at the Church of the Redeemer on Sunday, March 18 at 5:15 p.m., in a special concert featuring orchestra and choir under the direction of conductor Todd Craven, formerly principal trumpet of the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Brass Quintet. This concert marks Craven’s conducting debut in Sarasota.

Duruflé’s most famous work, Requiem op. 9, in d minor, will be performed with Redeemer soloists and Redeemer Choirmaster Ann Stephenson-Moe on organ. The performance will include four motets: Notre Père, Ubi Caritas, Tota Pulchra and Tu Es Petrus.

Todd Craven made his conducting debut in January 2012 at the International Conducting Workshop in Macon, George. He has workshopped with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra led by Markand Thakar and currently studies conducting with Dr. William Wiedrich, Director of Orchestras and Conducting Studies at the University of South Florida. Craven held the position of Principal Trumpet in the Sarasota Orchestra and the Florida Brass Quintet for 12 years.

A prizewinner in the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, a finalist in the Young Concert Artist Competitions, as well as First Prize winner of the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, Craven has performed with many orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony. In addition, he has participated in summer festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the A.I.M.S. Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Craven received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree from Indiana University.

The titular organist of St. Etienne-du-Mont in Paris from 1929 through the end of his life, Duruflé was regarded as a perfectionist, and his works, while few, are considered among the best in organ repertoire. He won the Prix Blumenthal in 1936 and was Professor of Harmony at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1943 through 1970.

Complimentary parking will be available between 3:30 and 8 p.m., at the M&I Bank Parking Garage on McAnsh Square. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at www.redeemersarasota.org or in the parish office. Call 941.955.4263 for more information./end

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