SUU Orchestra and Choirs Present Brahms’ German Requiem

Published: April 16, 2019 | Author: Amanda DeBry | Read Time: 2 minutes

Dr. Xun Sun conducting SUU Symphony Orchestra studentsThe SUU Department of Music presents the SUU Symphony Orchestra, the SUU Concert Choir, and the Opus Chamber Choir in a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem (also known as Ein deutsches Requiem), on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Southern Utah University faculty, staff, and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert or online at

This performance will conclude the 2018-2019 Music Masterworks Series. Featured soloists are Claire Robinson, SUU student, soprano, and Robert Brandt, Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance from BYU, baritone. Dr. Xun Sun, Director of Orchestral Activities at SUU, will be conducting the performance, and Dr. Krystal McCoy, Director of Choral Activities at SUU, will be preparing the choirs. Dr. Douglas Ipson will provide some insights and remarks about Brahms and his famous German Requiem.

Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Chair of the Department of Music at SUU, shares, “Ein deutsches Requiem is truly a masterpiece by the beloved German composer, Johannes Brahms. Unlike other requiems that were based on the Latin text of the Catholic Requiem Mass, Brahms employed texts from the German Luther bible and focused not so much on the hereafter, but more on the living who are left behind after the death of a loved one.” 

Johnson continues, “Brahms’ German Requiem genuinely established the composer as one of the great pillars of music. With his signature soaring melodies and lush harmonies, he creates some of the most beautiful music of all time. The orchestra and choirs of the SUU Department of Music are proud to bring this historic masterpiece to life in order to share Brahms’ genius with all those who enjoy oratorios of the highest caliber”. 

Experience the final concert of the Music Masterworks Series and enjoy beautiful music by Johannes Brahms, April 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Heritage Center Theater. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

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The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM) degrees in art, design, dance, music and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 700 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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