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Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:00 am

Tucson Chamber Artists (TCA) will bring together 90 musicians to perform the Brahms Requiem in a series of three concerts in Southern Arizona venues this weekend.

TCA’s season of Harmonic Coexistence celebrates rich and diverse music that has the power to enrich lives and transcend boundaries, races and creeds. When describing the upcoming concerts TCA Music Director Eric Holtan shared his belief, “Music is the universal language that unifies the human family, heals conflict and misunderstanding, and elevates our individual and collective spirits. This year’s programming represents TCA’s overall commitment to perform music that reflects the cultural diversity of our community.”

 Brahms’s Requiem for humanity is one of the most inspiring musical works ever written as well as one of the best-known sacred works of the Romantic era.  Ein Deutsches Requiem or A German Requiem, was inspired by the death of Brahms’s close friend Robert Schumann. Brahms chose not to use the traditional Requiem text with its emphasis on God’s wrath and judgment.  Instead he selected Biblical texts that are meant to comfort the living.  Brahms stated later in life that he would have preferred to replace the word “German” with “Human” in the title— reflective of his Universalist religious views. TCA will perform the work in the original German language.

The Green Valley audience is critical to sustainable support for classical music in the Southern Arizona. TCA returns to Green Valley twice this spring following a successful B-Minor Mass performance that garnered a capacity audience. The first of the three Brahms concerts will be Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 South Camino del Sol in Green Valley.

Saturday, Feb. 18, the performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 East Sunrise Dr, Tucson. 

The final presentation is set for 2 p.m. at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 East Speedway Blvd, Tucson.

Tickets for the Green Valley concert are $25, with a $5 discount for advance purchase. 

Tickets for Tucson concerts are $25, and $35, with a $5 discount for advance purchase. 

Tickets are available though the TCA website, www.tucsonchamberartists, or by calling 451-2651 in Tucson, and 520-399-9874 in Green Valley. 

Students are admitted free.

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