Major holidays are, by and large, accompanied by, ah, traditional cultural programming. Old stuff, you might say. Once upon a time, though, the classics weren’t classics—they were instant classics, you might say, like that Gotye song. Anyway, point is it’s interesting that the Pasadena Presbyterian Church is building their Good Friday concert around the work of a living artist—the centerpiece is John Rutter’s “Requiem,” which has become a staple setting of the Catholic funeral mass since its premiere in 1985. Gleaning from the press release, it looks like none of the music is older than 1932 (though of course the words are much older). And the composers are almost all British. Hmm. Also, among the musical organizations performing will be the Kirk Choir, which we mention to you only so that we can point out that we are refraining from making a Star Trek joke. Anyway, beautiful free music. Happy Easter and all that.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church Good Friday Concert
Featuring John Rutter’s Requiem
Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free (donation suggested); ppc.net/music