Santa Barbara Master Chorale sings Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem
On Saturday, November 9, at 7:30, and Sunday, November 10, at 3:00, the Master Chorale will present Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms.
Composed between 1865 and 1868, this requiem is recognized as one of the most extraordinary spiritual compositions ever written. Itís believed that Brahms created this piece as he struggled to overcome his loss at the death of his mentor, Robert Schumann, in 1856, and then of his mother in1865. For text he did not follow the traditional Latin mass, but carefully selected poetic passages from Martin Lutherís German translation of the Bible. He set them to music that sought to offer consolation to those left behind.
The soloists are two well-known Santa Barbara performers: Christine Hollinger, soprano, and Michael Shasberger, baritone.
The performance will be at First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance Ave. Tickets are $22 general admission, $20 seniors and disabled, $12 college students with ID, and free for children in K-12. They can be purchased at Chaucerís Books, Eventbrite.com, www.sbmasterchorale.org, and at the door.
The Choraleís artistic director and conductor, Steven R. Hodson, is past president of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and a professor of music at Westmont College. He holds a doctorate of musical arts in the literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado, Boulder.