Brahms' German Requiem to be presented Sunday

November 1, 2012

Peoria, IL (October 22, 2012) The combined voices of the Bradley Community Chorus and the Bradley Chorale, aided by the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, will present the stirring German Requiem by Johannes Brahms on Sunday, November 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, located at 607 N.E. Madison in Peoria.

Brahms wrote the German Requiem as a response to the deaths of several people close to him, including his mother.  He compiled the text himself, choosing Biblical passages of comfort and promise: his intention was to write a “Requiem for the living” rather than a lament for the dead.  The music is extraordinarily moving, and the work propelled Brahms to fame.

Soloists will be Kerry Walters, soprano, of the Bradley Music Department, and Gerard Sundburg from the Wheaton College Conservatory.  Sundburg appeared frequently as a soloist for Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony.  John Jost, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bradley, will conduct.

General admission is $10; students $5.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.