Event Description

Under the baton of renowned Guest Conductor Dante Anzolini, The Symphony Orchestra will perform works by two of our greatest composers! Starting off this afternoon of great music will be Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201, an enchanting composition which has been described as having the perfect Classical balance between grace and energy.
 
Then, an extraordinarily rich body of work which may very well be the most comforting, humane requiem ever written. Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, “A German Requiem.” Brahms was only in his 30’s when he wrote this choral masterwork, inspired by the death of his mother, and it will be brought to life by the full Symphony Orchestra & Chorus under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa,and will feature soprano Devon Guthrie, baritone Adrian Smith; Choral Director Carmen Flórez-Mansi, and the Eastern New Mexico Chamber Choir under the direction of Jason Paulk.

Program:

MOZART   

Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201/186a

BRAHMS   

Ein deutsches Requiem, “A German Requiem”

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Concert Notes

Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K.201
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Born January 27, 1756, Salzburg
Died December 5, 1791. Vienna

In July 1773 Leopold Mozart took his 17-year-old son to Vienna for a ten-week visit that the elder Mozart hoped would gain his son a court position. The visit to Vienna earned no position for the young Mozart, but it did bring him into contact with classical style as it was developing in that city and particularly as it was developing in Haydn’s quartets and symphonies. Mozart returned to Salzburg that fall and soon produced the first three of his symphonies to hold a place in the active repertory: No. 25 in G Minor, No. 28 in C Major, and No. 29 in A Major. All three show features that Mozart had discovered in Vienna. They are in four movements rather than the three of the Italian sinfonia (the extra movement is in all cases a minuet), they employ more fully worked-out sonata forms, and many of their movements conclude with a coda.

Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45
JOHANNES BRAHMS
Born May 7, 1833, Hamburg
Died April 3, 1897, Vienna

In 1896, a year before his death, Brahms spent an evening with Dvořák, and in the course of a long night of talk, the men discussed religion. As the devout Dvořák walked home, a friend reported that he was silent for a long time, then finally burst out: “Such a man, such a fine soul—and he believes in nothing! He believes in nothing!”

By all accounts, Dvořák was right. Brahms was an agnostic, yet he had a profound knowledge of the Bible: he owned five copies of Luther’s German Bible and read from them daily. If Brahms could not accept Christian dogma, he had enormous respect for its teachings, and it was this man—an agnostic with an essentially religious temperament—who composed A German Requiem. This is very personal music, and it appears to have sprung from very personal sources.

 

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