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Interfaith Choral Society to celebrate 50th year with ‘German Requiem’

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 13:11

After preparing for almost two months, Lamar’s A Capella Choir, Beaumont’s Interfaith Choral Society, and the Lamar orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutches Requiem,” known as the “German Requiem,” 3 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Julie Rogers Theatre. Admission is free.

“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” James Han, director of choral activities and conductor of the A Capella Choir, said. 
The concert will celebrate the Interfaith Choral Society’s 50th anniversary. Randy Babin, the former director of choral activities, will conduct the piece, which features 100 members of the combined choirs, and forty orchestra members. 
“Brahms’s requiem is more focused on the people who are left, who experienced (the passing of a loved one), who (are) suffering and sad,” Han said. “It’s all about comforting those who’ve lost their beloved ones, and also promising eternal life — that someday we’ll meet you there. 
“Anyone who is so stressed and does not see the future, I really hope they are going to come and start a journey with us. They will be healed and hopefully they can see hope again. That is the whole point of the ‘German Requiem.’”
For information, call the music department at 880-8144.

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