BEAVER CREEK - On Feb. 24, the Vilar Performing Arts Center continues its winter classical series by hosting the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Boulder Chorale as they perform Brahms' A German Requiem.
With more than 180 musicians onstage, this performance will feature University of Colorado baritone Patrick Mason and the Boulder Chorale.
The concert is a performance of the Brahms Requiem, which Boulder Philharmonic Music Director Michael Butterman considers one of the greatest works he knows.
"It's often described as a requiem for the living, in that its message is more about hope and God's mercy than it is about judgment," he said. "And it's about comfort for the living - in fact, the very opening line says 'Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.' The piece proceeds to provide that comfort with its message that death is not the end. In several movements, we are first reminded that our days on Earth are numbered but then assured that God's love promises us something beyond."
The Boulder Chorale, under the direction of James Kim, joins the Boulder Phil in the performance of the Brahms Requiem.
"I'm looking forward to working with the Boulder Chorale again, who has joined us for memorable performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and 'Carmina Burana' in recent seasons," Butterman said. "I'm also looking forward to working with both Angela Brown and Patrick Mason (baritone), from the CU College of Music faculty, in their roles as featured soloists for the Requiem."
Under the vision and leadership of Butterman, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 55th season of providing outstanding orchestral music in our community. The group is a critically acclaimed professional orchestra, presenting performances nine months out of the year.
Tickets for the performance are $55 and are available at www.vilarpac.org or by calling the box office at 970-845-TIXS.