TVCC, EOU Groups Present Brahms' Requiem

Treasure Valley Community College’s Concert Choir and the Treasure Valley Chorale will combine with the Eastern Oregon University Chamber Choir, the Grande Ronde Community Choir and Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra to present Brahms’ Requiem, March 14 at TVCC in Ontario.

Performers for this large concert hail from all over Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho. Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra conductor Zeke Fetrow, will conduct the performance.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the Meyer-McLean Theater March 14, and at 7:30 p.m. PDT March 16 in the McKenzie Theater on the EOU campus in LaGrande.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) is one of the most celebrated composers of the Romantic period. The death of Brahms’ close friend, Robert Schumann in 1856, and Brahms’ mother in 1865, both played a large part in encouraging Brahms to write the Requiem, though he never actually attributed the composition to either person. In each movement of Ein Deutsches Requiem, Brahms presents the listener with something distressing, but he follows it with something comforting. The first and last movements both talk about comfort for the living and the dead, while the fourth movement contemplates heaven.

Rebecca Replogle, director of choirs at TVCC will be the featured soprano soloist. Peter Wordelman, director of the EOU Chamber Choir, will be the featured baritone soloist.

Because there is another large event at the Cultural Center that evening, please park in the Weese Building/Theater parking lot, and enter through the theater entrance. Thank you for your patience, as large crowds are expected for both events.

Tickets for the performance are $10 and can be purchased at the door. TVCC students who show ID can get in for $1.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 541-881-5960.