February 24 & 26, 2012 | Detroit Symphony Orchestra | Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls & Brahms: Requiem

February 24 & 26, 2012 | Detroit Symphony Orchestra | Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls & Brahms: Requiem

Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls & Brahms: Requiem

Friday, February 24, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

On the Transmigration of Souls is an amazing commemorative to a tragic event in this country, and an example of brilliantly written American music of the 21st century employing a large orchestra with choruses. It is a moving work and also uplifting as it speaks to the greatness of the human spirit as does the second piece on the program, the Brahms’s Requiem.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI

John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls
For orchestra, chorus, children’s choir and pre-recorded soundtrack (2002)
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem

Kerstin Allvin, Harp II
Leonard Slatkin Conductor
Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Andriana Chuchman, soprano
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
UMS Choral Union, chorus
Michigan State University Children’s Choir, children’s choir


On the Transmigration of Souls was requested by the New York Philharmonic as the opening work of its 2002/2003 season and to commemorate the lives of those killed on the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

For this work Adams assembled a text comprised of three main sources: brief fragments taken from missing person signs that had been posted by friends and family members in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy; personal reminiscences (principally drawn from interviews appearing in the “Portraits of Grief” series in The New York Times); and a randomly chosen list of names of the victims.

The work also employs a “soundscape” designed in collaboration with Mark Grey that surrounds the audience with prerecorded city sounds (quiet traffic, voices, footsteps, etc.) and the reading by many different voices of the names of the victims.

For information regarding The Transmigration of Souls and John Adams go to: www.earbox.com.

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