Johannes Brahms was devastated by the loss of his mother in 1865. In the dark days following her death, he completed a Requiem that was both profound and revolutionary. Because the work was composed, in Brahms’s own words, for the sake of all those whose hearts suffer loss, it is often performed as an act of healing after tragedy. In the wake of the Boston Marathon attack, Boston area singers gathered at MIT to perform the work. “It begins with blessing those who carry the tremendous grief, and it ends with blessing the dead,” explained participant Danica Buckley. “And throughout it’s all about journey and peace and comfort and solace.” Take a journey through grief and into peace and solace with the Symphony; by the work’s climax you will be lifted up as the soprano soloist spirals heavenward, interweaving blissful melodies with the harp.
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