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Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem

Composed by James Adler
Performed by the AmorArtis Chorale & Orchestra, Victoria Livengood, mezzo, Jane Dutton, soprano, Maire O’Brien, soprano, Steve Huffines, baritone, Neil Farrell, tenor, Johannes Somary, conductor

Memento Mori is an oratorio for soloists, men’s chorus and chamber orchestra; a requiem dedicated to those who have succumbed to AIDS. The work combines traditional English, Hebrew, and Latin texts with original prose and poetry by Quentin Crisp, Philip Justin Smith, Denise Stokes, and Bill Weaver.

Adler writes for both chorus and orchestra with uncommon imagination. — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A unique, well-crafted, emotionally rich piece. — American Record Guide
Affecting, even harrowing, this is one of the most successful large-scale musical works to consider those who have died of AIDS. — Musicmatch