MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Symphony and the Kenyon Community Choir will join forces on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m., in Rosse Hall Auditorium for a presentation of two masterworks: “Nänie (Elegy)” by Johannes Brahms, and “Requiem in D Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concert will be directed by Benjamin Locke, conductor of the Symphony and Professor of Music at Kenyon College. The soloists for the “Requiem” will be soprano Gracie Potter of Midland, Michigan, mezzo-soprano Ellie Jorling of Bethesday, Maryland, tenor James Wojtal of Oberlin, and baritone Henry Quillian of Atlanta, Georgia.
The Kenyon Community Choir is a 110-voice ensemble whose membership includes Kenyon students, faculty, and staff, as well as singers from the greater Knox County area. Patricia Pelfrey is the rehearsal accompanist for the choir.
Johannes Brahms’s “Nänie” was completed in the summer of 1881, one of the last compositions he would write for chorus and orchestra. It was written in commemoration of the death of his friend Anselm Feuerbach, a neoclassicist painter. The text by Schiller is a re-creation of an ancient Roman funeral dirge (noenia) that was sung by the parents upon the death of a child.
Many myths surround the composition of the “Requiem in D Minor” by Mozart, but all that is known as certain is that Mozart died on Dec. 5, 1791, after working on the project for about three months. Only the first movement is entirely in Mozart’s hand. The “Requiem” was first performed in Vienna in 1792.
Tickets are available at the door, or by calling Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.