A Spirited Discussion: Requiems and Día de los Muertos


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Join Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Ix-Nic Ireguas, and Scott Tucker for an illuminating discussion about the origins of Día de los Muertos, the compelling history of the Brahms Requiem, and why Maestro Hernandez-Valdez chose this German piece in celebration of this beloved Mexican holiday.

Speakers:
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Artistic Director, New Orchestra of Washington
Ix-Nic Ireguas, Executive Director, Mexican Cultural Institute
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, Choral Arts Society of Washington



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Día de los Muertos: Featuring Brahms’s Requiem


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Co-presented with the New Orchestra of Washington
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor


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The New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) and Choral Arts celebrate Día de los Muertos in a joint presentation featuring Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem.

NOW Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez describes this masterpiece as a universal, human requiem. Johannes Brahms composed this requiem in German instead of traditional Latin, and ventured outside of the liturgy for new texts. Composed while Brahms grieved the deaths of multiple friends and loved ones, the music and text embrace death as a part of our shared destiny. This spirit is inherent in the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos: a spirit of celebrating, not mourning, the lives of those that are lost.

Join us in remembering the lives of those who lost their battle with COVID-19.

Learn more about the history of Día de los Muertos at a A Spirited Discussion: Requiems and Día de los Muertos with the Mexican Cultural Institute on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Complimentary admission is included with ticket purchase.

The Program:
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Featured Artists:
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor
New Orchestra of Washington
Choral Arts Chamber Singers & Symphonic Chorus
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Trevor Scheunemann, baritone
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Brian Mextorf, baritone







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