- May 9, 2020
- 8:00 pm
- Bailey Performance Center
May 8th - 9th, 1945 marked the final surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. After years of vicious battles, the conflict in Europe was finally over. In the years to come, the full impact of the tragic toll on humanity began to be realized.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, the Georgia Symphony presents A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. This colossal work in seven movements is scored for orchestra, chorus, and soloists. Opening with the text Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted, Brahms guides his requiem not towards the deceased, but for those who mourn them.
In his approach to presenting a different type of requiem, Brahms utilized German texts as opposed to traditional Latin. In correspondence, Brahms wrote "As far as the text is concerned, I will confess that I would very gladly omit the ‘German’ [from the title] as well, and simply put ‘of Mankind’... making this a Human Requiem.”
Joining the Georgia Symphony for this special performance is Russian guest conductor Anton Shaburov, soprano Wanda Yang Temko, and bass-baritone Oral Moses.
Online program notes are typically available 2 weeks before the performance