Choral Arts Society of Washington: Schumann: Requiem, Op. 148

Sun May 3, 2020, 5pm
Presented by: Choral Arts Society of Washington
Venue: The Kennedy Center
Tickets · $15-69
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From the wonder of creation, to the heart-ache of loss, to the deep peace that derives from the honest acceptance of our mortality, Artistic Director Scott Tucker brings a sense of timelessness to the concert hall in a program that takes listeners on a journey from the beginning to the end. The sound painting depicting acts of creation in Copland’s In the Beginning and the innocence and wonder of youth felt in Corigliano’s Fern Hill are contrasted by the grief-stricken wanderings for lost love in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody. The program concludes with Schumann’s hauntingly beautiful and neglected Requiem, Op. 148. Schumann once said “One writes a requiem for oneself.” Tragically, Schumann completed this requiem after committing himself to the asylum where he would spend the remainder of his life. His requiem story is an eerie parallel to Mozart’s who also believed he was writing a requiem for his own funeral. 

The Program:

Robert Schumann: Requiem, Op. 148

Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody

Aaron Copland: In the Beginning

John Corigliano: Fern Hill



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Music Music: Classical

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