Chora Nova: German Romantics

Laura Louis

Date(s) - Sat, 05/28/22
7:30 pm

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way (at Dana)


“Die Erde Schweight. Es leuchten die Sterne.
Sie grüßen klar aus himmlischer Ferne.”
The world is silent. The stars shine.
With clarity they greet us from the distant heavens.
Dear Friends and Family,
These lines by Fanny von Hoffnaaß begin both “Erwartung” (“Expectation”) by Rheinberger, and our spring program, and offer the peacefulness and grounding that a return to nature can offer, a bit of solace from the turmoils of the world. Our second song, “Nänie,” by Brahms as a lament for painter Anselm Feuerbach, whose art inspired Brahms’ own compositions, is set to words by Schiller:
“Auch das Schöne muss sterben!”
Even the beautiful must perish.
that ends with a reiteration of the penultimate line:
“Auch ein Klaglied zu sein im Mund der Geliebten,
ist herrlich.”
But the lament on the lips of the beloved is splendid.
Deeply moving music, necessary now more than ever.
Four truly splendid soloists join us for Schubert’s Mass in A Flat Major, rich, musically complex, interactive with the chorus, with an orchestra’s offering compressed into the two hands of our wonderful accompanist, Daniel Lockert.
This is German Romanticism at its best. You are warmly invited.
All best for spring,
German Romantics
Schubert: Mass in A-flat
Brahms: Nänie
Rheinberger: “Erwartung”
From Der Stern von Bethlehem
Saturday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Corner of Dana and Durant, BerkeleyTickets: $25 general;  $10 student with ID;  $20 senior or under age 35
Tickets available from any chorister, through, or at the door.

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