April 13 @ 8pm
Daniel Meyer conductor
Erie Philharmonic Chorus
Thomas Brooks director
Beethoven String Quartet, 'Serioso', arr. Mahler
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Gustav Mahler was a composer but also a brilliant conductor, and in that role, he sometimes felt compelled to either retouch works by other composers or create new performing editions of works that were not originally intended for a big concert stage. In this orchestration of Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 95, Mahler engages the entire string section to deepen the weight and sonic density of this brilliant chamber music. We will finish our season with the music of Johannes Brahms. His ‘German’ requiem lives and breathes as a human utterance of profound beauty and intimacy. Capitalizing on carefully-selected Scripture passages, Brahms designed an experience not to terrify but to console and offer hope. Its sweeping gestures for the orchestra, rich sonorities for the Philharmonic Chorus, and poignant roles for solo soprano and baritone conspire to reveal a work of sincerity and genius, as only Brahms could perfect.
Single tickets available August 8, 2018