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Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

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April, 2017

Not performed in Santa Barbara in a decade, Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) returns on April 1 and 2, 2017!

Conductor JoAnne Wasserman will lead the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra and two stellar soloists — LA Soprano Tamara Bevard and internationally-acclaimed, NY-based Baritone, Lester Lynch — in performance of this most compassionate and hopeful of requiems, a delight for the ear and a balm to the soul.

Lester Lynch and Tamara Bevard Brahms 2017

Unlike the liturgical text of a traditional Roman Catholic requiem mass that is a prayer for the soul of the dead, A German Requiem offers an abiding message of peace and hope to comfort the living. Brahms labored on the work for over a decade, a period of his life bookended by the deaths of his friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, and his beloved mother, and though never proven, it would be difficult to imagine that these two close losses had no connection to the writing of his magnum opus.

Brahms compiled the text himself from the vernacular Lutheran Bible, focusing on words of comfort and solace for those left behind—blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted—and choosing none of the images of judgment, retribution, or even resurrection found in traditional requiem masses. Though the text is in German, giving rise to its name, the composer himself once remarked that he would have preferred to leave out the word ‘German’ and instead refer to ‘Humanity’.

A German Requiem is Brahms’ longest major work; its seven movements, artfully interwoven for orchestra, chorus, and soprano and baritone soloists, paved the way for the later works of Duruflé and Fauré, setting forth something of a new musical genre – the requiem of consolation or as Brahms himself my have put it “A Requiem for Humanity.”.

Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem
Saturday April 1 at 8 pm
Sunday April 2 at 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church
State and Constance Streets
Santa Barbara, CA

Tickets: $45 Section A and $35 Section B, $7 kids 7 to 17 with adult available AT THE DOOR

Major funding for this concert has been provided by: 

Brooks & Kate Firestone and Diane Dodds Reichert

Media sponsorship provided by:

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