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Experience Brahms' mighty romantic masterpiece as a powerful chamber work in this version for an ensemble of soloists and two pianos in the superb acoustics of City Recital Hall.

The Song Company, the talented voices of its Apprentice Program and legendary pianist Gerard Willems AM collaborate with Artistic Director Antony Pitts in what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of beauty, clarity and pathos.

Dedicated to humankind, Brahms’ Requiem is unlike any other that came before. Written in his native German, rather than Latin, it rejects the traditional requiem mass’ focus on divine justice, rather offering hope and solace for those left behind. While the music evokes that of Schumann, Beethoven and Bach, it is also influenced by the intricate polyphony of the 16th Century yet is unmistakably Brahmsian in architecture and scale.

The program also features his major work for two pianos, the Variations on a Theme of Haydn, with Willems joined by Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep, and some of the most hauntingly beautiful a-cappella music in the repertoire.

This performance heralds the return of choral works to the main stage and is sure to be the vocal event of the year.

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