Requiem for Victims of the Pandemic

Date(s) - Sun, 11/01/20
4:00 pm


Dear Friends,

Below you will find a press release to a performance you will not want to miss, a Requiem for the Victims of the Pandemic and All Our Beloved Departed. The featured work will be Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem”. For this production, we will use a semi-professional choir singing in a grand circle, 200 feet across, a unique undertaking. You can imagine that a production such as this comes with a steep price tag, in this case about $10,000. We hope that you will consider supporting this performance with a gift to commemorate a loved one. During the last movement of the work, “In paradisum,” the names of all these memorials will be streamed. This will be a fitting tribute to all our dear loved ones who have gone from this earth, and at this time especially those who have died of the coronavirus. The performance will be kept on YouTube for the foreseeable future, so your memorial will be active for a long time to come. Any gifts in excess of production costs will be donated to the Catholic Charities response to the pandemic.

If you would like to help, please visit and choose “Music Program” under <Gift Information>. Also, please send an email with the name of your deceased loved one to, and I will link this name to the donation.

As an added bonus, anyone who is able to donate $100 or more will get an invitation to the dress rehearsal, Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 pm.

If your means will not allow you to make a donation at this time, I would still encourage you to email the name of your loved one, and we will add it to the list as well.

Thanking you in advance for your support,

Christoph Tietze
Music Director/Organist
St. Mary’s Cathedral
San Francisco, CA

Requiem for the Victims of the Pandemic,

and All Our Beloved Departed


Maurice Duruflé

Requiem, op. 9


Sunday, November 1, 2020

4:00 pm

Livestreamed at

Director: Ash Walker

Organ: Christoph Tietze


Olivia Brown, Mezzo-Soprano

Patrick Murray, Baritone

Helena Tietze, Cello


St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, with members of Pacific Edge Voices and The Benedict Sixteen and Friends

The powerful Requiem by Maurice Duruflé will be performed in its organ and choir version by the semi-professional St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, joined by members of Pacific Edge Voices and The Benedict Sixteen, and others. Under the direction of Ash Walker and with Christoph Tietze at the organ, the 27 singers will stand in a grand circle along the inside perimeter of the cathedral, with the distance from singer to singer being 20 feet and the distance across being 200 feet. This surround-sound experience will be spectacular and is not to be missed!

The movement structure of Duruflé’s Requiem is the same as the Fauré’s, and the harmonic and rhythmic texturing is very similar. But that is where the similarities end. Duruflé uses Gregorian chant throughout this work, woven in a Post-Romantic/Impressionistic style which is all his own.

It is our wish that this performance will bring hope and consolation to those mourning the loss of a loved one, especially the victims of the pandemic.