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Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)<br /> Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem


Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem



Click here for a press release (PDF) of information about this concert!


Saturday April 18th 7:30 P.M. @ ECC Church

Tickets are $20 at the door or from any choir member.

Tickets may also be purchased online and picked up at the BCT Box Office on Kirkwood in Bloomington. Click here to purchase online.


Bloomington Chamber Singers presents the Indiana premiere of John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, and Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 PM.  The concert will be presented at the Evangelical Community Church, 503 South High Street, Bloomington, Indiana.  Gerald Sousa, now in his 26th year as Artistic Director of the Chamber Singers, will conduct the choral ensemble, treble chorus, and orchestra.  Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the concert, or in advance from Sunrise Box Office or from any member of the Chamber Singers.

When the New York Philharmonic approached John Adams in January 2002 about creating a work to commemorate the lives lost during the September 11th attacks, the composer remembers saying “yes” without any hesitation.  He had good reason to refuse; normally a commission as large as this would come at least a year in advance but this would need to be completed in less than six months. What emerged was a sound-collage that mixes a large orchestra, mixed choruses, and pre-recorded sounds and spoken phrases recalling those who perished in the attack.   Adams intention was that the work would go beyond the actual event to summon human experience on a universal level.  For that reason he refers to his work as a “memory space,” a soundscape for each listener to go and be alone with thoughts and emotions.    Adams received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in music for the piece.

Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem stands undisputed as one of the most revered works in the choral-orchestral repertoire.  The work’s reputation is based not only on its remarkable musical construction, but also on the inspired text, which Brahms assembled from carefully-selected Biblical passages.  Brahms’ intention was, like Adams’, to create a “universal” expression—a work profoundly spiritual yet non-denominational that reaches beyond the walls of churches to offer solace and hope to those confronting grief and loss.