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JUNEAU - On April 4 and 5 the Juneau Symphony will present the Brahms German Requiem, their spring concert series, at the JDHS Auditorium. The concerts will feature soloists Tiffany Hanson and Philippe Damerval singing with over 70 chorus members from Juneau Symphony Chorus. The orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett. One hour prior to each performance Pickett will give his informal Concert Conversations lectures. The Symphony will also continue to offer pay-as-you-can admission to the Sunday matinee performance. Both performances are sponsored by Holland America and UAS.
Symphony to perform Brahms Requiem 040109 AE 2 For the CCW JUNEAU - On April 4 and 5 the Juneau Symphony will present the Brahms German Requiem, their spring concert series, at the JDHS Auditorium. The concerts will feature soloists Tiffany Hanson and Philippe Damerval singing with over 70 chorus members from Juneau Symphony Chorus. The orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett. One hour prior to each performance Pickett will give his informal Concert Conversations lectures. The Symphony will also continue to offer pay-as-you-can admission to the Sunday matinee performance. Both performances are sponsored by Holland America and UAS.

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Philippe Damerval and Tiffany Hanson are featured as soloists in the Juneau Symphony's performance of the Brahms German Requiem on April 4 and 5.


Photos Courtesy Of Juneau Symphony

Philippe Damerval and Tiffany Hanson are featured as soloists in the Juneau Symphony's performance of the Brahms German Requiem on April 4 and 5.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Story last updated at 4/1/2009 - 11:06 am

Symphony to perform Brahms Requiem

JUNEAU - On April 4 and 5 the Juneau Symphony will present the Brahms German Requiem, their spring concert series, at the JDHS Auditorium. The concerts will feature soloists Tiffany Hanson and Philippe Damerval singing with over 70 chorus members from Juneau Symphony Chorus. The orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett. One hour prior to each performance Pickett will give his informal Concert Conversations lectures. The Symphony will also continue to offer pay-as-you-can admission to the Sunday matinee performance. Both performances are sponsored by Holland America and UAS.

The symphony will perform Ein Deutches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Brahms's German Requiem is not technically a requiem at all. The requiem is actually a liturgical service, known formally as a Mass for the Dead. Other famous requiems, like Mozart's and Verdi's (both performed in recent years by the Juneau Symphony), set the Latin text of that mass to music. The Latin text focuses on the deceased. Brahms's German Requiem differs in several ways. First, Brahms chose his own text from the Lutheran Bible, which is, of course, in the vernacular tongue. Second, the Latin requiem text is usually a prayer for the dead who are facing the fears of judgment, but Brahms chose texts of consolation, trying to reconcile the living with the idea of suffering and death. And finally, Brahms's Requiem is not for any liturgical purpose. In fact, Brahms made clear that this was a work for people, not for God.

Immediately following the Sunday performance, the Juneau Symphony will hold the drawing for their 2009 raffle. The grand prize for the raffle is a 12-day cruise for two, donated by Holland America. Other prizes include two round-trip AlaskaAir tickets anywhere they fly, a glacier trek for two from Northstar Trekking, a helicopter trip for two from Temsco Helicopters, a trip to Haines donated by Wings of Alaska and the Hotel Halsingland, and a premium family tram pass donated by Goldbelt Inc. Tickets are on sale now and will be available until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.

The performances are 8 p.m. on April 4 and 3 p.m. on April 5 in the JDHS Auditorium. Concert Conversations will be held one hour prior to each performance.

Advance tickets available at Hearthside Books, The Juneau Arts and Culture Center, the Symphony office and www.juneausymphony.org. Tickets also available at the door for $2 extra. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. On Sunday, tickets are pay-as-you-can For details, visit www.juneausymphony.org


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