Edmonton’s premier symphonic choir, Richard Eaton Singers, accompanied by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, will present three major choral works written by two of the leading composers of the 19th Century - Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. The concert, conducted by RES Music Director Leonard Ratzlaff, will also feature soloists soprano Sherry Steele, mezzo-soprano Sara Staples, tenor John Tessier and bass Paul Grindlay.
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
The concert will open with two absolutely stunning works for chorus and orchestra by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), his Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) and Nänie. Classical music fans know Brahms for his incomparable German Requiem, a work Richard Eaton Singers have presented to Edmonton audiences on several occasions over the past few decades. Followed by the Edmonton premiere of Schubert’s Mass Nr. 5 in A-Flat Major, a 45 minute setting of the Roman Catholic mass text.
Both Brahms and Schubert could rightly be labeled polyglot composers, as their prolific compositional output spanned the entire spectrum of instrumental and vocal music, from large scale symphonic works to the most intimate art songs for solo voice and piano. With this concert RES will explore some outstanding repertoire that employs large forces in both the instrumental and choral realms – repertoire that is not that well known but is nevertheless highly dramatic as well as lyrical in its expressive qualities.
Purchase tickets from the Winspear Box Office: Adult $50; Student $25