WCS to Tell Brahms' Story with Chappaqua Orchestra

Westchester Choral Society members are actively preparing for a joint performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” with the Chappaqua Orchestra. The piece will be presented to the public Saturday, Dec. 9, at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.


The requiem, Brahms’ longest work, is comprised of seven movements. Wistful and solemn sounds carry throughout the first three movements. The fourth, “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings,” serves as a turning point and is followed by sentiments of comfort in the final three sections.

Brahms compiled the texts himself from both the Old and New Testaments of the Lutheran Bible. It is unique as a requiem because it focuses on the living: it begins with the words, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." Although the idea of the Lord is the source of the comfort, the sympathetic humanism persists throughout the composition.

Plan to attend this moving rendition. Tickets are $25 / $10 for students. You can buy tickets at the door or visit our homepage to buy tickets online, or visit www.chappaquaorchestra.org.

Brahm's concert postcard

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