It is known as “A German Requiem” because, unlike many choral requiems, it uses lyrics from the Lutheran Bible, rather than the Catholic Mass. The composer said that the work was intended to comfort the living, rather than remember the dead.
This is the first major performance for 2017 for the Macedon Ranges based choir, The Gisborne Singers, following two sold out performances of Handel’s Messiah at the end of 2016.
Musical Director Stephen Brockman said that the Brahms Requiem is a beautiful and intense work which will appeal to audiences in the Macedon Ranges. “Our audience has enthusiastically supported our concerts in recent years, from Handel to Beethoven right through to contemporary composers such as Sir Karl Jenkins. We look forward to sharing this intense, moving and yet very accessible work,” he said.
The choir will be joined by two of their favourite soloists, soprano Lee Abrahmsen and bass Manfred Pohlenz with a full orchestra. The entire work will be sung in English.
The first performance is at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Kyneton at 3pm on Sunday 21 May. The second performance is at Gisborne Church of Christ, at 3pm on Sunday 28 May. Please book online at www.gisbornesingers.org.au or phone 0413003254. Tickets are $40 for adults with discounts for concessions and students.
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