The Los Angeles Master Chorale pairs Brahms’ sublime Ein Deutsches Requiem and the West Coast premiere of The World in Flower, composed by Peter Lieberson.
Lieberson's piece is a lyrical and moving message of tolerance written in memory of his wife and muse, famed mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, the performance is presented in a special matinee performance on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 2 pm, repeating on Sunday, January 27, 2013, 7 pm.
Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in ListenUp!, the pre-concert talk two hours prior to each performance.
The soloists for the Lieberson piece are Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano, and Brian Mulligan, baritone. Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem features soloists Yulia Van Doren, soprano with baritone, Brian Mulligan.
“Both works are truly universal, embracing and reflecting humanity in profound ways,” notes Gershon. Brahms’ magnum opus, Ein Deutsches Requiem, has been called “a requiem for the living,” giving comfort and hope for those in mourning.
Lieberson’s The World in Flower, praised by the New York Times as “serene, sincere (and) radiant” was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. It is set to the text of 11 different sources, among them a Navajo poem, a poem from an Inuit Shaman, the Bible, works by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and American poet, Walt Whitman. Lieberson, a Buddhist, also tragically succumbed to cancer as did his wife, completing this work in the hospital while fighting lymphoma.
Tickets range from $29 - $134. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org.
(Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.