Brahms: A German Requiem

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Symphony of the Mountains presents Brahms: A German Requiem Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8 PM at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. Join the SOTM Music Director, soloists and musicians of the orchestra for an informal pre-concert discussion at 7 PM.

Symphony of the Mountains, under the direction of Cornelia Laemmli Orth, will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” and “Ein deutsches Requiem”. A German Requiem will feature the Symphony of the Mountains orchestra, and a choir of 200 voices comprised of Voices of the Mountains, directed by Dr. W. Patrick Flannagan, Civic Chorale, directed by Dr. David Hendrickson, Highland Chorale, directed by Dr. David Volk, Milligan Concert Choir, directed by Doug Grove-DeJarnett and the University of Virginia-Wise Concert Choir, directed by Michael Cox. World-renowned vocalists Cecily Nall and Andrew Wentzel will be the featured soloists. Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” is a highly emotional piece, expressing dread of impending catastrophe and fitful gleams of hope, representing two contending forces in the human struggle, and the ultimate victory over fate rather than any singular tragedy. Conversely, “Ein deutsches Requiem” focuses on the living and transition from anxiety to comfort. This inspiring collaboration between the SOTM orchestra and a united choir of 200 voices will be a memorable event with superior artistry, masterworks and camaraderie.

Symphony of the Mountains is dedicating this performance of A German Requiem to Jessie McClanahan, a dear friend and supporter of SOTM who recently passed away.

Tickets for the March 19th concert are $21-$25 and available for purchase at the Symphony office at Kingsport Renaissance Center. As with all Symphony of the Mountains concerts, students are admitted free of charge. For more information, call (423) 392-8423, visit www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org or, join us on Facebook.

Audience members are invited to a post-concert “Brahms, Bier, and Bratwurst” party at The Bus Pit, in downtown Kingsport, TN. Tickets for the party are $10 and include admission to The Bus Pit for live music and one bratwurst. Tickets can be purchased on our website www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org, or through the Symphony office.

Brahms: A German Requiem is sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company, John & Joan Gregory, Marvin & Marcia Gilliam Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Olin & Muriel Prather Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission and Women’s Symphony Committee.