Mozart's Requiem

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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.


Joel Schekman
Enter, Light [World Premiere, GRS Commission]
Charles Davidson
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Mozart/Levin ed.
Requiem - Lacrimosa
Mozart/Levin ed.
Requiem - Dies Irae
Mozart/Levin ed.
Requiem - Confutatis

This concert explores the preciousness of life, and the universal response to loss. It will be a moving concert. There's no getting around that.
— Associate Conductor, John Varineau