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Escondido Choral Arts presents Brahms A German Requiem



Which one of these men is Johannes Brahms? The other one is a local conductor who will be leading a performance of Brahms’s famous German Requiem at California Center for the Arts, Escondido on January 29. The conductor has been an admirer of Brahms works for so long that maybe he begins to look like him?

Which one of these men is Johannes Brahms? The other one is a local conductor who will be leading a performance of Brahms’s famous German Requiem at California Center for the Arts, Escondido on January 29. The conductor has been an admirer of Brahms works for so long that maybe he begins to look like him?

The Center Chorale and the Pacific Coast Chorale combine with “Symphony Orchestra” to perform Brahms’s great masterwork, A German Requiem. The ensembles perform the Requiem at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. Soloists are soprano, Caroline Nelms and baritone, Clifford Derix and conductor is long time San Diego musician and educator Dr. Joe Stanford. Tickets are available at 800-988 4253 or online at Artcenter.org

Conductor Stanford has said of the Requiem that “it is rare to be able to hear this great work with 100 voices and full, professional symphony orchestra right here in our own community. The Requiem is serious in that it is about our mortality and mourning coupled with exuberant expressions of faith and hope. Brahms sometimes referred to his work as a ‘human’ requiem. The expression of text and power of the music goes beyond bounds of religious barriers and reaches into our hearts no matter what our religious preference may be.”

Dr. Stanford added, “Many singers in the Center Chorale and the Pacific Coast Chorale have never previously sung the Brahms Requiem. The music is difficult at times and the singers are involved in about eighty percent of the seventy minutes of music, so it takes real vocal stamina and focus to perform the Requiem. I am pleased that this great music is introduced to so many singers for the first time. This concert fits the goal of Escondido Choral Arts to educate and to challenge and expand our musical horizons at the same time we are bringing great music to our community.”

Escondido Choral Arts will welcome the Pacific Coast Chorale to join them for the performance of Brahms Requiem. The Pacific Coast Chorale is conducted by Jim Tompkins-MacLaine and is known for their many performances in the San Diego area. Their home base is the Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church in La Jolla. The Center Chorale is located at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and is in the fifth season of educating children and performing in the community.

The orchestra for the Brahms Requiem was arranged by concertmaster Ulli Reiner of Poway. She has drawn from professional musicians in the San Diego area. The orchestra includes 43 players, a complete orchestra necessary to fill the Concert Hall at CCAE with a rich, romantic instrumental sound for the Requiem.

Further information:

Joe Stanford at 760-805-3945 (cell)
Artistic Director,
Conductor of Center chorale
Escondido Choral Arts Foundation


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