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Brahms' Requiem is labor of love

The Phipps Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Dahle, will perform Brahms' German Requiem on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St. The performance, sung in English, will feature soloists Marie Jette, soprano, and James Bohn, baritone.

Brahms' German Requiem is one of the most loved large choral works, second only to Handel's "Messiah." A German Requiem is a message of hope. Brahms took great pains putting together his text, piecing together fragments from throughout the Bible to create a musical quilt of solace. His requiem opened the door to a new genre, which could be called the "requiem of consolation."

Members of The Phipps Oratorio Society come to The Phipps Center for the Arts weekly to rehearse for the performance. From over a dozen communities (Hudson, Stillwater, River Falls, Shoreview, Baldwin, New Richmond, Somerset, St. Paul, Spring Valley, Ellsworth, Woodbury, Woodville, Lake St. Croix Beach and Prescott), the nearly 60 members have been rehearsing since Jan. 10 in preparation for the performance.

General admission tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for all students. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or