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Deutscher Konnekt: Totentanz
Sat, March 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-4$15 – $25
Boston Choral Ensemble’s Deutscher Konnekt: Totentanz explores how German composers through the centuries have considered death and its power to connect all humanity. The ensemble returns to the music of Hugo Distler (whose setting of Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen was heard at our Christmas concert) for the magnificent Totentanz, Op. 12 (1934) for unaccompanied choir, narrator, and flute. The work follows along as Death converses individuals of various ranks, occupations, and ages — these conversations are interspersed with choral verses drawn from the poetry of the 17th century German mystic, Angelus Silesius. The program also includes music by Heinrich Schütz (whose Selig sind die Toten served as inspiration for Totentanz), Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Josef Rheinberger.