At the end of “Celebrating French Music, the History Makers, the History Changers” concert, organizers plan something special to honor the 18 people slain in the October 25 mass shooting in Lewiston.

The musical memorial performance will feature French composer Gabriel Fauré’s famed “Requiem” performed by a collaboration among singers connected to Bates College and the University of Southern Maine’s voice program.

It is a piece widely hailed for the beauty of its lament for the dead.

Fauré once said his 25-minute “‘Requiem’ … does not express the fear of death, and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration toward happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.”

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