TRIUMPH – Bethlehem Senior Choir performing Brahms’ Requiem

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Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4:00 PM

Bethlehem Senior Choir, conductor Dr. David Mennicke, performing Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, with Dr. Nathan Kennedy and Dr. Oleg Levin, Concordia University St. Paul, piano faculty

Brahms’ Requiem was premiered in 1868 with six movements, marking the first great triumph of his career. The final version of seven movements (adding a movement for soprano solo and chorus) was presented in 1869 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The following year, the Requiem was performed 20 times, and has since become a beloved standard of the choral/orchestra repertoire. The work propelled Brahms to the pinnacle of his career and his reputation as a leading composer was never again doubted. Our concert will use Brahms’ own transcription of the work for four-hand piano accompaniment, an arrangement he wrote in 1866 for a home performance in England, referred to as the “London Version.” The concert will also feature baritone and soprano soloists.

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