Down East Singers will present a concert titled Memorial Day Blessings Monday, May 27, at 5 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

The concert’s featured work is renowned Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ 2005 “Requiem.” The Mozart Mentors Orchestra, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) virtuoso Elizabeth Brown, harpist Suki Flanagan, several percussionists and other instrumentalists will provide accompaniment.

This highly acclaimed “Requiem” melds the traditional Latin mass for the souls of the dead with five Japanese haiku, carefully constructed poems of 17 syllables. There is interplay throughout the piece between East and West, life and death, transience and permanence. Anthony Antolini, Down East Singers’ artistic director, said “Requiem” defies easy description.

“Some movements are in minimalist style, others are influenced by 20th-century vocal jazz, others pay homage to other famous requiems like those of Fauré, Duruflé and Verdi, and other movements are inspired by pop music,” he said.

One of the soprano soloists, Annie Brady, called “Requiem” a soundtrack for life. She and Gintaré McCurdy solo and blend passionately in the evocative “Pie Jesu” movement. Most of the haiku movements are sung by upper voices, but two of them combine both Japanese and Latin, the lower voices intoning in a monastic style as a counterpoint to the Japanese text sung by sopranos and altos. Brady suggested the percussive “Dies Irae” movement, with its hip-hop rhythm, would be the perfect background music if the world should ever come to an end.

Jenkins was born in 1944 and made his first significant musical marks with the oboe and with the jazz/rock group Nucleus, which won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970. A self-described musical wanderer, he draws from many cultures and musical genres. He has won acclaim and awards for his advertising themes, an opera and several oratorios and concertos.

Mozart Mentors Orchestra, in its third year, pairs professional musicians with their most promising students. Antolini, co-founder of the group, has led this orchestra in many performances, including the Maine premiere of “Requiem” with the Bowdoin Chorus last year at Bowdoin College. Some of the musicians are young teenagers.

Rounding out the concert program are three spirituals by William L. Dawson (1899-1990), who led the Tuskegee Institute Choir for 25 years. Antolini studied with Dawson in a master class for white choral directors two years before Dawson’s death. Down East Singers’ piano accompanist Jennifer McIvor is featured, and tenor David Myers Jr. is soloist in one of the selections, “I Wan’ to be Ready.”

The concert will begin with inspirational words about Memorial Day from Bob Rheault of Owls Head, retired U.S. Army colonel. The audience will be invited to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” along with the chorus.

Down East Singers was founded by Marion Gray in 1979. Antolini has been artistic director since 1991. Although professional soloists are occasionally hired, the soloists in this concert are chorus members.

Tickets are $20, free to students younger than 18. Tickets are available at Thomaston Café, The Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden, Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Bellabooks in Belfast. They also may be purchased from members of Down East Singers; at; or by calling 619-0413. If tickets remain, they will be sold at the box office beginning an hour before the concert.