Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
St. Luke's United Methodist Church, April
Brahms Requiem is the most hopeful,
uplifting piece in the requiem canon, speaking to us about the ability to mourn
and rise up with renewed spirit to honor the life of the deceased. The
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Butler University Chorale and Choir, Indianapolis
Symphonic Choir Festival Orchestra with soloists Angelique Zuluaga and
Christopher Bolduc delivered the heart of Brahms in this masterful performance.
At a time in our collective national mourning for the seeming loss of "the
American Dream," we are jolted into action by Brahms' embrace of "humanity" and
his emboldening call to get up and get on with the good, the ennobling work to
connect ourselves with caring deeds. Based on Martin Luther's translation of
the Bible, the text is embedded in a seven-movement musical arc that appeals
intellectually and emotionally. Blessings, conveyed as in winds on wing anchor
the first and seventh movements, stormy darkness pushes the second and sixth.
Soloists in meditation first seek hope in the third and then receive it in the
sixth. But it is the gorgeous fifth movement, offering tranquility, that is the
whack on the side of the head, the way out of "the sky is falling" mentality.
"How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" –is this rhetorical for us at this
time and place? The genius of the work was met by the meticulously unified
convergence of the choral and instrumental. The message in the medium is ours