The University of Lynchburg Choral Union will be a featured choir in a performance of the Brahms “Requiem” on April 30 at 7 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church. The concert is in collaboration with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra as part of its themed session, “Together We Make Music,” and will include choirs from Longwood University, Liberty University, and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Soloists are soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs, a member of the faculty in the Department of Music at Longwood University, and bass-baritone Wayne Kompelien, a member of the voice faculty at Liberty University.
Tickets are available through the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra’s website, www.lynchburgsymphony.org.
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) composed his “Requiem, Ein deutsches Requiem,” Op. 45, between 1857 and 1868. The work contains seven movements structured symmetrically around one of the composer’s most well-known choral works, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place.” Unlike many of its predecessors, Brahms’ Requiem was written in German, rather than the traditional Latin and uses non-liturgical texts from the Bible as the libretto. This performance will be sung in German.