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UC Davis University and Alumni Choruses

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Mary Wilson, Soprano

Christian Baldini, Orchestra Conductor

Jeffrey Thomas, Chorus Conductor

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

Hubert Parry (1848–1918) is an oft overlooked English composer of the Romantic era. Parry absorbed musical influence from both Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner, and managed to filter a distinctly English style through these influences. In Blest Pair of Sirens, a choral setting of John Milton’s At a solemn Musick. Through careful word painting, Parry musically highlights salient emotional moments of the poem. Blest Pair of Sirens is the quintessential ode to heavenly ascension, as a result of pairing Parry’s stately and solemn musical setting with Milton’s heartfelt, triumphant poetry.

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
 with Mary Wilson, soprano

Johannes Brahms (1833–97) composed the Requiem between 1865 and 1868, almost certainly in the wake of his mother’s death. As with the requiems of Mozart and Verdi, the Brahms Requiem stands on its own in concert (though still a sacred piece). Brahms chose the text on his own, using Luther’s German bible texts rather than Latin texts. Not only is the work a testament to Brahms’s sense of meticulous craftsmanship—which is reflected, for example, in the first movement’s lack of violins—but also, a testament to the notion that the living need comfort in the midst of the dead or dying.

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults



Event Info

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Jackson Hall