ISU Music to perform Brahms Requiem at Masterworks concert

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Iowa State University’s Department of Music and Theatre will present Masterworks on Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. This final concert of the season features the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem and other choruses by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Haydn.

Lyrica, Cantamus, Statesmen, and Iowa State Singers will combine with orchestral accompaniment from Iowa State music faculty and students under the direction of James Rodde, professor of music, and Jennifer Rodgers, assistant teaching professor of music.

“One of my very favorite compositions, the Brahms Requiem is a challenging yet highly rewarding experience for all who perform it,” Rodde said. “Often called a ‘Requiem for the Living,’ it has its place as one of the most beloved choral-orchestral masterworks in western music. It’s an honor to approach it.”

Kim Garcia (’23 music) is a member of the Iowa State Singers and is looking forward to sharing such a well-known composition with audiences.

“The piece we are performing is challenging, but I love being pushed to become better at my craft. Being able to see improvement and success is so rewarding,” Garcia said.

Masterworks will also feature the Des Moines Choral Society and soloists Beth Deutmeyer and Joseph Leon.

Admission is $10 general admission or $5 for children 18 and under, Iowa State students, and seniors ages 65 and older. Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to the performance or ahead of time through the Stephens Auditorium ticket office.

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