Brahms' `German Requiem' to be presented Saturday

Pro Cantare to perform at Jim Rouse Theatre

Howard Live

October 28, 2004|By Phil Greenfield

Great music will ring out in Columbia again this weekend when conductor Frances Motyca Dawson and her Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus present Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

The singers and Festival Orchestra will be joined by soprano April-Joy Gutierrez, a Metropolitan Opera Competition winner, and baritone Lester Lynch, who performs regularly at such distinguished houses as the Houston Grand Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Milan's La Scala.

The Brahms Requiem, a work of tremendous power and consolation that was one of the first nonliturgical remembrances of the dead to enter the choral repertoire, will be augmented by three of the "Biblical Songs" by Antonin Dvorak, the Czech master who admired Brahms intensely.

A lecture at 7 p.m. will precede the performance.

Tickets: 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107.

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