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Brahms Requiem: Requiem of Solace

After the events of 9.11.01, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem was often the musical masterwork substituted in the place of previously scheduled entertainments in locations all over the United States. Americans felt drawn to join together and mourn those who died in the terror attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Then and now, among large works of classical music, Ein Deutsches Requiem singularly possesses both a collective message and ecumenical approach that brings consolation during times of great loss. In the current polarization of ideological extremes and the unleashing of global uncertainty, opportunities must be created to gather together in unity of purpose to ponder the unique universality of the wonders of life and the inevitability of death.

Brahms Requiem: Requiem of Solace captures a particular essence of intimacy and healing through the use of two pianists in duet versus the grandeur of orchestra. Alissa Deeter has written a new translation for the requiem, an elegant and poetic English interpretation in a contemporary and living voice. The masterwork will be preceded by a new companion piece, a commissioned work by Jocelyn Hagen, whose message is of hope, strength and inclusion. The companion piece entitled “Facets” is a revised version of amass, specially redesigned for one piano and chorus and retitled for the Brahms Requiem: Requiem of Solace. It includes soprano and baritone soloists as in the Brahms as well as two additional choral movements. 

CHARLOTTE, NCThe ensemble Sine Nomine remembers the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a message of hope and peace through its performance of Morton Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.

Lauridsen composed Lux Aeterna in 1997, the year his mother died. The consolation for grief offered by this requiem reveals itself through a tapestry of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. The five movements of Lux Aeterna are based on various references to light from sacred Latin texts: perpetual light, light risen in the darkness, Redeemer-born light from light, light of the Holy Spirit, light of hearts, most blessed light, eternal light — all supporting an earthbound spirit seeking not only mercy, understanding, and consolation but also renewal.

This concert pays tribute to those who were lost and to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. “Never forgotten,” Sine Nomine also asserts that “everyone can do something” in steering humanity towards life-affirming grace and unity. 


THE TRAIN: Holocaust Cantata & Civil Rights Songs
January 15, 2016

Sine Nomine honors the ongoing global fight for civil rights with its performance of The Train, a concert featuring “The Holocaust Cantata: Songs From the Camps” by composer Donald McCullough. Based on research of original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, this cantata is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history.

Working from translations of original Polish materials found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and starting with just a single line of melody, McCullough has fashioned a haunting choral tribute to the 6 million Jews who were systematically persecuted and murdered as well as to the millions of other individuals the Nazi Party classified as “undesirables,” including Poles, Romanian gypsies, homosexuals, transsexuals, political opponents, religious dissidents, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. What emerges from the insanity of one of history’s worst examples of man’s inhumanity to man is a sense of music’s life-affirming powers.