Hart House Chorus Presents Brahms’ German Requiem
Under the direction of Daniel Norman, the Hart House Chorus will perform Johannes Brahms’ choral work “Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift” (“A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures”), Op. 45.
Featuring soloists Sara Schabas (soprano) and Michael Robert-Broder (baritone), Tim Francom on percussion, and the Chorus’s own David Eliakis on the piano.
When: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 3-4:15 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Clara Schumann once wrote, in response to the Requiem: “It is a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does.”
New York Times music critic John Rockwell wrote: “The choral passages have a weight and dark urgency that can move one deeply. And the solo portions, especially that for the soprano, are really seraphic.”
Composed between 1865 and 1868, Brahms’ Requiem is distinct from other “masses for the dead” in that it is German instead of Latin, and the text is based on Martin Luther’s Bible translation instead of the Catholic Vulgate — appropriate, considering 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, spurred by Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg.
The Hart House Chorus is a 50-voice choir auditioned from musically talented students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Toronto. Since its inception in 1972, the Chorus has maintained a reputation for the highest standard of performance locally, nationally and abroad. The Chorus is active in the international choral community, having toured in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.