BRATTLEBORO >> Susan Dedell, director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir, announced the start of the 2016-2017 season, with rehearsals of Johannes Brahms' magnificent "Ein Deutches Requiem," (A German Requiem) beginning in September.
Brahms focused his humanistic Requiem on the living rather than the dead, musically offering an abundance of warmth as well as glorious power. The Requiem, like many other vocal works of Brahms, deals with the transience of life, the need for comfort, the hope of a final resolution, and the rewards of effort. As he himself said of it, "As far as the text is concerned, I will admit that I would gladly give up the 'German' and simply put 'human.'"
Dedell first directed this work in 1999.
"Returning to great masterworks at various times in a career is deeply fulfilling. It is at once an old friend, and a brand new acquaintance — full of surprises and revelations as well as history, " said Dedell. "It is a piece of music I intensely love."
Performances of Ein Deutches Requiem, with full orchestra and soloists will take place at the Latchis Theatre on Jan. 14 and 15, 2017. Interested singers who have not sung with the choir, or returning singers who have not sung with the choir for the past year are encouraged to contact Dedell at the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-254-4523.