The Tampa Oratorio Singers’ (TOS) 50th anniversary concert season continues with a performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem (“A German Requiem”) by Johannes Brahms, on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose Street, Tampa, Florida. The work will be sung in English and performed with orchestra.
Brahms was likely inspired by the death of his mentor and friend, Robert Schumann, to write a work that was accessible to modern audiences. Using German in place of the traditional Latin, Brahms intended to speak directly to the living. “Indeed, during rehearsals Brahms asserted a desire for even more openness: "I would happily omit the 'German' and simply say 'human.'" (Peter Gutmann on ClassicalNotes.net)
Professional, local soloists Todd Donovan and Susan Hellman Spatafora will be featured during the concert. A free 15-minute pre-concert lecture will share highlights of Brahms’ life and musical legacy.
Tickets are $20 general admission; $10 senior citizens, available at the door or in advance, on the chorus website (www.tostampa.org).
The final performance of the 2017-18 season is the 50th Anniversary celebration, “Reflections,” on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4 p.m., which will feature favorite highlights from works performed over the last 50 years.
For more information about the Brahms or other performances, call (813) 666-5942 or go to TOSTampa.org.
The Tampa Oratorio Singers has more than 70 auditioned volunteer singers. TOS is a non-profit organization funded through ticket sales, donations, and the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.