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From: James E Kaufman <>
Subject: Re: [NYALBANY] A Memorial to my Parents
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 22:48:46 -0700
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there is no such thing as an ordinary person.

what you have done is extraordinary

Cliff Lamere wrote:

> A genealogist's perspective:
> I got interested in my family's genealogy about two or three years
> before my mother died in 1999. In 2000, I put my genealogy website
> online (Albany & Eastern New York Genealogy). Over time I learned how
> difficult it was to find even the slightest reference to some of the
> people who lived in the past. About 2004, I commissioned a Requiem for
> chorus and orchestra to be composed to honor my parents, but also to
> make sure that their names have a chance of being remembered in the
> future.
> "For Us the Living: Requiem in Memory of William and Ethel Lamere" was
> composed by Alfred V. Fedak and will be performed April 22, 2007 at 7
> p.m. at the Union College Memorial Chapel in Schenectady, NY. There
> will be advertising and perhaps an article or review in some local
> newspapers. I requested that their names be part of the title so that,
> hopefully, a distant greatgrandchild of my parents will locate some of
> this information on the internet decades from now. I requested that the
> requiem be beautiful rather than modern. That will make it more likely
> that the composition may be performed in the future and that its name
> may appear on a CD or in a music publisher's catalog.
> I was told that what I have done is unusual because ordinary people
> don't have music composed for ordinary parents. It is true that my
> parents made no important contributions to society, but they struggled
> to raise a family during the Great Depression and World War II. They
> provided for me, and they taught me lasting values. I love and miss
> them, and I want them to be remembered.
> Somehow my interest in genealogy, my interest in helping people (my
> website) and my interest in music all led to this single act.
> Before commissioning the Requiem, I tried to get the Saint-Saƫns
> Requiem, my favorite choral work, performed in their honor. However,
> the orchestra for that piece was too large. Rand Reeves, conductor of
> the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and Alfred Fedak, composer of the
> memorial to my parents, were able to reduce the the number of
> instruments in the orchestra, making it possible for that requiem to
> also be performed at the concert.
> It is not my intention to advertise the concert here, but I thought that
> this genealogical act might be of interest to some members of the
> mailing list.
> Cliff Lamere
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