The Choral Society of the Hamptons presents a three-concert series on the East End of Long Island — December, March/April, and June/July — and also performs at special events. Both single-concert and season-subscription tickets are available. Upcoming concerts include:
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Parish Hall, Most Holy Trinity Church, East Hampton
Mark Mangini, Conductor
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
From this message, Johannes Brahms created his Requiem — one man’s musical testament to the power of hope to provide consolation in times of darkness and despair. The Requiem is one of the best-loved choral masterworks among singers, who respond to its lyrical beauty and powerful message. In creating the largest work of his career, Brahms avoided the Latin texts usually associated with the Requiem, and instead set words from the German Bible that he himself had selected. The result is a deeply personal, non-liturgical work about mortality that focuses on comforting the living. Brahms had a musical idea for every word that he set, creating a work of remarkable unity, with moments of great musical power. The unusually large number of performances of the Ein Deutsches Requiem around the New York region this season suggests that Brahms’s masterpiece is indeed a work for our troubled times.