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ASU Chorale to Present Brahms’ ‘Requiem’

November 16, 2011

Angelo State University’s Concert and Community Chorales will perform Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem” for its annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open free to the public.  The singers will be joined by members of the Midland and San Angelo symphonies.  Dr. Scott Raines, ASU associate professor of voice, and Austin soprano Janeene Williams will also perform.  The performance will be directed by Dr. Pamela Lee, professor of music and director of choral activities. 

“A German Requiem” is the central work of Brahms’ career and established him as a composer of major stature.  It differs from most other works of its kind because it is written in German rather than the traditional Latin of the Catholic Church, and the text is drawn from the Lutheran Bible rather than the Roman Catholic liturgy.  At the center of the hour-long masterpiece is its most popular and peaceful chorus, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place.” 

In addition to singing in the concert, Williams will give a masterclass to ASU voice majors at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in Room 295 of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.  The public is invited to sit in on the masterclass. 

For more information, contact the ASU Department of Art and Music at 325-942-2085.