Commemorating the Dead with Brahms' Requiem and a Boston Premiere

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Chorus pro Musica's 70th anniversary season, under the leadership of Music Director Jamie Kirsch, continues on March 16 at 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Newton Centre. The performance offers three distinct views of death and our relationship to it through Brahms' "Requiem," Diana Syrse's "La Muerte Sonriente" and Purcell's "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary."

For 70 years, CpM, Boston's Grammy award-winning all-volunteer chorus, has earned a superb reputation for its professional-level musical standard and innovative programming. This season's program embodies the chorus' mission to commission and perform new works and present masterworks in new ways, and the March 16 concert, Commemorating the Dead, will be no exception.

"Our March 16 concert will traverse a wide musical landscape, fully embrace our mission, and focus on what truly inspires us," said Kirsch. The evening will begin with a four-hand piano version of Brahms' "Requiem," sung in German and featuring Kristen Watson, soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; and pianists Edith Auner and Thomas Stumpf.

In its first performance of a Purcell work since the 1960 season, CpM will also take on a new challenge with "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary." New to the CpM repertoire, the choral movements will be complemented by instrumental movements featuring baroque instruments and critically acclaimed organist Ian Watson, whom the Times of London calls "a keyboard performer with virtuosic panache and brilliantly articulate playing."

The concert concludes with the Boston premiere of Mexican composer Syrse's "La Muerte Sonriente" (2013). Anchored in the Mexican folk tradition, yet featuring virtuoso, lyrical, dynamic choral writing, it incorporates pre-Columbian percussion instruments played by chorus members (including ayoyote, tabor tarahumara, Aztec death flute and ocarina).

Artists: Kristen Watson, soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Edith Auner, piano; Thomas Stumpf, piano.

First Baptist Church in Newton
848 Beacon Street
Newton, MA 02459

Sponsor(s): Chorus pro Musica
Time(s): 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $10.00 - $55.00

Date Added: Thursday, February 07, 2019
All information is subject to change.

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