Local concerts feature music of Bernstein, Brahms

  • Thu Mar 22nd, 2012 10:57am
  • Life

If you are a Brahms buff, or maybe you prefer a little Bernstein, check out these two concert offerings.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra continues its 50th “Golden Jubilee” season with a Monday concert featuring a variety of familiar melodies.

The orchestra will open the concert with the popular “Overture to West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.

Then British violinist Emma McGrath, who is associate concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

McGrath made her London debut at age 10. At age 14, she performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the recipient of many awards for solo and chamber music performance and has played with many professional ensembles and orchestras around the world, according to her biography.

The concert concludes with the orchestra performing Brahms’ dramatic Fourth Symphony.

The Brahms’ Fourth concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The concert will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a lecture by KUOW’s Dave Beck.

Tickets are $25, $20, $15 and $10. Call 425-275-9595 or online at www.ec4arts.org. For more information, go to the Cascade Symphony website at www.cascadesymphony.org.

“A German Requiem”: Johannes Brahms’ master work and one of his greatest choral compositions, “A German Requiem,” will be sung in English by the Sno-King Community Chorale on Saturday.

Brahms composed the piece at age 33, in part as a memorial to his mother. But the work has also been called a message of hope.

Reviewers have said the seven-movement work might be called a “requiem of consolation” with Brahms offering peace and hope to human kind. In fact, the work has been characterized as a humanistic rather than a Christian work as Brahms was on the fence when it came to Christian beliefs.

The chorale will also present a selection of songs, including a commissioned work by John Rutter honoring the late Ed Aliverti, founder of the Sno-King Chorale and well-known wrestling announcer. In Edmonds, Sept. 22 was declared Ed Aliverti Day by proclamation in 2011.

The concert also features the Sno-King Community Orchestra.

The Brahms’ Requiem concert begins at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood.

Tickets are $20, $15 and $10. Call 425-673-1242 or go to www.sno-kingchorale.org.

Herald staff