The concert will include popular works such as “blue cathedral” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and “A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45 (German: Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift)” by German composer Johannes Brahms.
“‘Blue cathedral’ sets up a unique sonic architectural space in which to experience the timeless beauty and message of the Brahms Requiem,” said Dr. Carole Ott. “We hope the audience will leave with a sense of transformation – a sense of being led into a beautiful space where mourning can be transformed.”
Dr. Kevin Geraldi, associate professor of conducting, and Dr. Ott, associate director of choral activities, are conductors for the concert.
”When we programmed these pieces a year ago, we did so because they both emphasize loss, remembrance and comfort, themes which are globally relevant in a time that seems so fraught with conflict,” said Ott. ”Both pieces commemorate living and depict the transformation of grief into comfort and joy.”
About half of the School of Music will be present for the concert with an 85-member orchestra and 130 singers.
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By Ishan Davis