Requiem For My Mother

Requiem For My Mother

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Pictured: Composer Stephen Edwards at his piano.

 Photo courtesy of South Carolina ETV

Composer Stephen Edwards pays tribute to his mother and musical muse in this hour-long special.

Requiem For My Mother, airing Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10 p.m.m on WXXI-TV, chronicles the creation of the original choral and orchestral composition of the same name, and the journey to its premiere at a prestigious musical festival in Vatican City. Edwards wrote "Requiem" to commemorate his mother Rosalie's influence on him – both personally and professionally – from his first music lessons as a child to his career as a professional film score composer. The hour-long documentary profiles Edwards’ creative process, the behind-the-scenes work of conductor Candace Wicke, the plentiful choral and orchestral rehearsals and the recording studio experience, and includes reflections by musicians and members of the Edwards family. Inspiring and uplifting, Requiem For My Mother showcases the collaborative journey that brought the song to life, and celebrates the power and passion of music to transform grief into healing and hope for the future.

This special repeats on Sunday, May 14 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV.