Comfort & Embrace: Brahms' Human Requiem: UMD Chamber Singers and The Thirteen

Comfort & Embrace: Brahms' Human Requiem • IN-PERSON

UMD Chamber Singers and The Thirteen
Friday, April 1, 2022 . 7:30PM
Principal People: 
Edward Maclary, music director
Derrick Goff and Rachelle Jonck, piano
Timothy Nelson, stage director
Corinne Hayes, associate stage director

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Estimated Length: 
This performance will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this event will not be livestreamed.

Often known as a Requiem for the living, Brahms’ masterpiece has touched concertgoers for over 150 years. In Comfort & Embrace, the UMD Chamber Singers join forces with the Washington, D.C.-based professional choir The Thirteen to remake this beloved work into a fully staged theatrical production designed to move each and every member of the audience. This production will feature the audience interspersed among the performers, creating a new relationship between audience, musicians and this touching work. Featuring exceptional pianists Derrick Goff and Rachelle Jonck, this production will be performed with its original and intimate orchestration—piano for four hands.

About his Ein Deutsches Requiem Brahms wrote: “as regards the text, I must confess that I would gladly leave off the ‘German’ and replace it simply with ‘human.’” Join the UMD Chamber Singers and The Thirteen for this concert which explores human connection.


UMD Chamber Singers:
Led by Edward Maclary, the UMD Chamber Singers have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. The ensemble has appeared by invitation at major professional music conferences and won top prizes at international choral competitions. Alumni from its ranks are now singing and conducting professionally throughout the United States.

The Thirteen:
Praised for performing with “striking color and richness” (The Washington Post) and “a tight and attractive vocal blend and excellent choral discipline” (American Record Guide), The Thirteen is an all-star professional ensemble known for reimagining the potential of vocal music. Since its founding in 2012, the choir has been at the forefront of invigorating performances of choral masterworks ranging from early chant to world premieres and the centuries in between.

Health & Safety for In-Person Attendance:

There may be COVID-19 safety policies, such as mask requirements, in place when you attend this event. Please see our health and safety page for the most up-to-date information about attendance.

This program is made possible by an anonymous donor and is funded in part by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.