Sno-King’s ‘Requiem’ gives voice to powerful emotions

  • Tue Mar 13th, 2012 7:19pm

<b>PREVIEW | </b>By Dale Burrow For the Weekly Herald

“Subjectivity” is how conductor Frank DeMiero labeled what he was looking for when rehearsing Sno-King Community Chorale for their upcoming Brahms’ “Requiem”: “How you relate to it is what you should be thinking about.”

Bull’s-eye, DeMiero.

Brahms first conceived of a requiem based on texts from the Lutheran Bible and the Apocrypha after the death of his friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, but didn’t get serious about actually composing until the death of his mother eight years later. The year was 1865.

Brahms was inconsolable, and 1865 was smack dab in the middle of the Romantic period. Brahms’ grief and a time that encouraged uninhibited self-expression no doubt figure in a big way into the sheer emotional power of “Requiem.”

This mighty work does touch on the hereafter, with the “Blessed are the dead.” But it begins and ends with the here and now, the living that are left behind, with the “Blessed are they that mourn.”

“Requiem” is about loss in dramatic pursuit of untroubled acceptance. The changes in key, tonality, tempo and texture are a handful to begin with but all the more so here because they require emotional honesty from those performing and those performed for. You can’t sing it and you can’t hear it if you fake it.

Look for soprano Melanie Hingson and baritone Tom Hingson to do a bang-up job with the solo parts. Both sing chorus for Seattle Opera.

Featured also will be the Sno-King Community Orchestra and songs including a commissioned work by John Rutter honoring the late Ed Aliverti.

DeMiero did have to tweak a little here and there during the rehearsal. But Sno-King was sending goose bumps up and down my spine when I left with the “Blessed are they that mourn” ringing in my ears.

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Brahms’ ‘Requiem’

WHEN: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 24

WHAT: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

TICKETS: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, $10 youth, available at 425-673-1242 or