On Sunday afternoon, October 22, The Michael O’Neal Singers will perform A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Boulevard in Historic Roswell, Georgia, 30075.
This well-known choral masterwork was written by Brahms not as a rite for the deceased, like a traditional Latin Requiem, but to comfort the living, especially those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The 160-voice chorus will perform the Requiem in English, to fulfill the desire of Brahms to connect with his audience in offering his musical comfort. The Brahms Requiem is based on texts from the Biblical Old Testament, New Testament, and the Apocryphal writings. Vocal soloists for this performance are Michelle Jarrell, Soprano and Brent Davis, Baritone. Accompaniment will be provided by Tom Alderman, MOS Principal Accompanist on Roswell UMC’s 94-rank Möller pipe organ. The performance will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
Door tickets for the October 22nd performance are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors age 60+. Advance tickets are $20/$15 and may be purchased online at www.mosingers.com; by phone to 770.594.7974; or in person at the MOS office, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell GA 30075. More information may be requested by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the words of Dr. Michael O’Neal:
“The piece… was written with an understanding that we live but a short time on this earth, and we grieve for those who leave this life before us. Brahms knew the sorrow experienced by those who grieve and he selected texts that provide comfort to the living in their time of loss. We have learned that often the individual grief we feel is more completely ‘worked through’ in a community, and…it is imperative that we encounter it in community. Perhaps that is one of the greatest gifts of music; especially live performance of music that is profound in its depth and meaning, for we experience it in community - a community of performers - a community of listeners - and a combined community of people this day, who mourn and remember. The Brahms Requiem offers us a chance to grieve together."