The Grande Ronde Symphony Association presents Brahms’ Requiem – a large collaborative concert for chorus, orchestra, a soprano soloist and a baritone soloist. It is a March 16 performance, at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenzie Theater on the EOU campus in LaGrande,
Performers for this concert hail from Wallowa, Baker, Malheur and Union Counties. The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, along with musicians from Ontario, will be supporting the voices of the EOU Chamber Choir, Grande Ronde Community Choir, Treasure Valley Concert Choir, and Treasure Valley Chorale in the presentation of Brahms’ Requiem, under the baton of GRSO’s Zeke Fetrow.
Rebecca Replogle, director of choirs at Treasure Valley Community College, will be the featured soprano soloist.
Peter Wordelman, director of the EOU Chamber Choir, will be the featured baritone soloist.
The death of Brahms’ close friend, Robert Schumann in 1856,and of Brahms’ mother in 1865, both played a large part in encouraging Brahms to write the Requiem, though he never actually attributed the composition to either person. In each movement of Ein deutsches Requiem
Brahms presents the listener with something distressing but he follows it with something comforting. The first and last movements both talk about comfort for the living and the dead, while the fourth movement contemplates heaven.
Continuing the Orchestra’s new tradition, begun last year, FANFARE a pre-concert event will be held at Ten Depot Street Restaurant, in La Grande, Thursday only, March 16, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Zeke Fetrowabout the musical offering of the evening’s large-scale concert program while enjoying a no-host bar and light hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets cost $12 at the door for adults or $8 for seniors. College students get in for $2 and students 8th to 12thgrade get in for $1. Under 8th grade get in free.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Direct Music Source at 1010 Adams in La Grande or on our website atgranderondesymphony.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.