Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms was composed between 1865 and 1868 and it signaled a turning point in the career of the young composer, born in Hamburg in 1833. The text is extracted by Brahms from the Bible (Luther Bible) but unlike other noteworthy Requiems, which are Christian-based, Brahms's Requiem takes on a humanistic approach that deliberately avoids any reference to Christianity. Brahms's intent in this composition is to create an inclusive work with a humanistic point of view that carries themes of pain and comfort, sorrow and consolation. These elements, aided by a masterfully crafted and unified structure, make listening to a live performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem an unforgettably moving experience.
The Westmoreland Festival Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra will be presenting this masterpiece. The concert is free of charge but a freewill offering will be collected to benefit Bethesda Cares, which mission is to care for the homeless in the community. This will be the last concert performance of Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez as Director of Music of Westmoreland Congregational, UCC. We hope to see you there!