(Delmarvanow) -- The Orchestra of the Eastern Shore will honor two local musicians with concerts Oct. 27 at Onancock’s historic Cokesbury United Methodist Church and Oct. 29 at Hungars Episcopal Church in Bridgetown.
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor will be the centerpiece of the free, hour-and-a-half-long shows memorializing pianist and organist Stefan Dulcie and historian, author and longtime Methodist minister Kirk Mariner.
“It is a gorgeous work, full of hope and beauty,” said the orchestra’s musical director, Paul Kim, of the seven-movement piece focused on eternal rest and consolation.
A longtime performer of classical, sacred and popular music on the Eastern Shore, Dulcie died in March after many years playing at Hungars Episcopal Church in Bridgetown and Christ Church in Eastville.
Mariner died in June after a long illness, leaving behind dozens of books and articles on the history of the Shore and six congregations he had pastored in Northern Virginia and Williamsburg before retiring to Onancock.
He performed frequently for charitable events and composed many songs — mostly humorous — about life in and out of church.
Both donated pianos to the churches, said Maron Naar, chair of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore.
“Our orchestra wanted to remember him (Mariner) not just for his musical contributions as a pianist and composer, but also for all he has given the Eastern Shore as an avid historian of this very region,” Kim said. “It seemed fitting to dedicate our Onancock performance to his memory.”
“Stefan also gave the Eastern Shore such hope and beauty through the music he shared with us for so many years.
“'Faure's Requiem', with its beautiful and essential organ part, seemed the perfect choice” for the Hungars Church performance in his memory.
The Orchestra will also perform Schubert's “Salve Regina” and “It is Enough” from Mendelssohn's oratorio “Elijah” during the show, which will feature about 20 singers from across the peninsula.
Both performances free, but donations will be accepted. No tickets are required.
“The Orchestra of the Eastern Shore has been performing at Cokesbury and Hungars for as long as I have been involved as music director,” Kim said. “We have an enthusiastic following at both venues and appreciate having multiple locations to serve the entire community across the Eastern Shore.
“It has been the orchestra's mission since its founding in 1999 to make beautiful and high-quality classical music easily accessible to people right here at home.”
Visit www.orchestraes.org to learn more about the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore.