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Sat, May 13


E.J. Thomas Hall

Brahms Requiem

Akron Symphony Orchestra Valerie Coleman Umoja: Anthem of Unity Johannes Brahms A German Requiem Christopher Wilkins, conductor Brianna Robinson, soprano Brian Keith Johnson, baritone Akron Symphony Chorus

Time & Location

May 13, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St, Akron, OH 44325, USA

About the event

Valerie Coleman’s Umoja expresses the joy of community, through a single irresistibly catchy tune. Not since Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy has a composer created such memorably euphoric music. Deep joy lies also at the heart of Brahms’ Requiem. It is his most personal work, composed as a response to the death of his mother. Its focus is not on the past, but on the present. The work’s majestic harmonies and soaring melodic lines are for us: they are comfort for the living.


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