A hero, a parent and a kindred spirit inspire this deeply moving and uplifting concert. Anchoring this program that features our splendid Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus is Johannes Brahms’ most ambitious and thoughtful composition - his German Requiem. It was written to honor the passing of his mother. While not a requiem mass in the liturgical sense, Brahms chose his texts from scripture with great care, emphasizing the solace we all seek when a loved one dies. Though serious, this music is not somber. It is a hymn to a love that never dies. Sibelius wrote his stirring march-like memorial to honor a Finnish patriot who killed one of the Russian oppressor generals in a time of great unrest in Finland’s troubled history with Imperial Russia. Arvo Pärt’s most popular work- his ‘Cantus’ was created to show his respect shortly after the death of Benjamin Britten in 1976. Pärt felt Britten’s music was born of a similar desire as his own; that is to create music that goes straight from heart to heart.

Brahms' German Requiem

11/20/2015, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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A hero, a parent and a kindred spirit inspire this deeply moving and uplifting concert. Anchoring this program that features our splendid Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus is Johannes Brahms’ most ambitious and thoughtful composition: his German Requiem. It was written to honor the passing of his mother. While not a requiem mass in the liturgical sense, Brahms chose his texts from scripture with great care, emphasizing the solace we all seek when a loved one dies. Though serious, this music is not somber. It is a hymn to a love that never dies. Sibelius wrote his stirring march-like memorial to honor a Finnish patriot who killed one of the Russian oppressor generals in a time of great unrest in Finland’s troubled history with Imperial Russia. Arvo Pärt’s most popular work, his "Cantus," was created to show his respect shortly after the death of Benjamin Britten in 1976. Pärt felt Britten’s music was born of a similar desire as his own; that is to create music that goes straight from heart to heart.

Tickets start at just $18, $5 for students! 

Sibelius In Memoriam
Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Brahms German Requiem

Program Notes

Rune Bergmann, Guest Conductor
Jeanine De Bique, Soprano
Norman Garrett, Baritone
GR Symphony Chorus, Pearl Shangkuan, Director

Learn more! Join us for Upbeat, FREE pre-concert conversations beginning at 7 pm in DeVos Recital Hall, sponsored by BDO. These informal talks provide insight in to the featured music, composers and/or guest artist. Music Director Candidate Rune Bergmann and GRS musician Diane McElfish Helle will be the guest lecturers. This program's Upbeat will take place place in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B in DeVos Place.

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Series Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos  |  Guest Artist Sponsored by Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artis Fund

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