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Brahms: Requiem
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Alumni and University Choruses | Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra | Christian Baldini, music director

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

Hubert Parry (1848–1918) is an oft-overlooked English composer of the Romantic era. Parry absorbed musical influence from both Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner, and managed to filter a distinctly English style through these influences in Blest Pair of Sirens, a choral setting of John Milton’s At a solemn Musick. Through careful word painting, Parry musically highlights salient emotional moments of the poem. The result of pairing his stately and solemn musical setting with Milton’s heartfelt, triumphant poetry is the quintessential ode to heavenly ascension.

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
with Mary Wilson, soprano, and Jesse Blumberg, baritone

Johannes Brahms (1833–97) composed the Requiem between 1865 and 1868, almost certainly in the wake of his mother’s death. As with the requiems of Mozart and Verdi, the Brahms Requiem is a sacred piece that stands on its own in concert. Brahms opted to use Luther’s German bible texts rather than Latin texts. Not only is the work a testament to Brahms’s sense of meticulous, creative craftsmanship—which is reflected, for example, in the first movement’s lack of violins—but it is also a testament to the notion that the living need comfort in the midst of the dead or dying.

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Assigned Seating)

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Photo Gallery

Brahms’ “Requiem” Rehearsals Photo Gallery

Thanks to photographer Nicholas Yoon for documenting the remarkable rehearsal process for the Department of Music performance of Brahms’ “German Requiem,” scheduled for Sunday, March 12. Featuring the University and Alumni Choruses, the Davis Chorale and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the rehearsals and concert are under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Thomas, the Barbara K. Jackson Chair in Choral Conducting.

Rehearsals were photographed by Nicholas Yoon, copyright UC Davis 

 

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