The crowning conclusion of Mozart's celebrated life, his Requiem
is one of classical music's most intriguing stories. Five months before
his death, Mozart was commissioned by an anonymous stranger to write a
Requiem Mass. Delirious with fever and convinced he was writing his own
funeral music, Mozart died before his Requiem was complete. The Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra for a powerful performance of Mozart's final musical statement.
Watch Mozart's Requiem in Amadeus
You'll also experience two works which channel hope in the face of darkness: the world premiere of “Enter, Light” composed by GRS Clarinetist Joel Schekman and Charles Davidson’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” which was inspired by the artwork and poetry of Jewish children imprisoned at Terezin, a concentration camp, during World War II.
In the summer of 2013, The Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus visited Terezin and performed “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” The trip was documented with photos and video, which will be projected during these performances.