February 22, 2019 / Joint concert will feature VU and area performers
VINCENNES, Ind. - Selections from Brahms’ “A German Requiem,” will be performed March 3, 4 p.m. (EST), at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
The performance will feature a combined ensemble of Vincennes University choirs, local high school students, and community singers, with a chamber orchestra, all under the direction of VU Juliet Gilchrist, choral director.
Brahms composed the Requiem in reaction to his grief over his mother’s death in February 1865. He assembled the libretto himself. In contrast to the Latin requiem, he used text from the Bible, focusing on the living rather than the dead. The Requiem begins with the text “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted,” derived directly from the Beatitudes. This theme of comfort for the living continues throughout the work.
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