Día de los Muertos featuring Brahms's Requiem

Saturday, October 31, 2020, 7:30pm



The New Orchestra of Washington and Choral Arts Society of Washington
Día de los Muertos
Featuring Brahms’s Requiem

The New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) and Choral Arts celebrate Día de los Muertos in a
joint presentation featuring Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem.
NOW Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez describes this masterpiece as a universal,
human requiem. Johannes Brahms composed this requiem in German instead of traditional
Latin, and ventured outside of the liturgy for new texts. Composed while Brahms grieved the
deaths of multiple friends and loved ones, the music and text embrace death as a part of our
shared destiny. This spirit is inherent in the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos: a spirit of
celebrating, not mourning, the lives of those that are lost.
Join us in remembering the lives of those who lost their battle with COVID-19.
Learn more about the history of Día de los Muertos at a pre-concert conversation with the
Mexican Cultural Institute. Complimentary admission is included with ticket purchase. Date
The Program:
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Featured Artists:
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor
New Orchestra of Washington
Choral Arts Chamber Singers & Symphonic Chorus
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Brian Mextorf, baritone

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