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Tucson Music Hall
Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2pm

Markus Huber, conductor
Heidi Stober, soprano
Andrew Craig Brown, baritone
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director

Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw TSO PREMIERE
Brahms: A German Requiem

A masterpiece for orchestra, chorus and soloists, A German Requiem is the largest piece of music Brahms ever wrote. Johannes Brahms called it a “human” requiem. His intent was to comfort the living with his music and the texts from Scripture he chose to accompany it and he succeeds joyously and brilliantly. Arnold Schoenberg’s work for men’s chorus and orchestra reaffirms the beauty of life as it depicts the story of a survivor from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II and his return to his homeland.

Andrew Craig Brown, Heidi Stober

Maestro Huber has programmed the piece as part of the Brahms Requiem. “We thought the worst times were over,” he explains, “but violence has arrived in our society. It was composed 60 years ago but has never been more relevant. I put this piece in the middle of the requiem, to remember, to be shaken but to be consoled, which is the main idea of Brahms.”

Markus Huber made his TSO debut in 2008 conducting The Lord of the Rings Symphony and has conducted both Classics and SuperPops! programs since then. Last season, Huber conducted the well-received MasterWorks program featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks. Since 2008, Huber has been the Music Director of Opera Pforzheim and been on the podium at many renowned orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

Soprano Heidi Stober made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2010-11 season. Along with return engagements there, she has cultivated a long standing relationship with Deutsche Oper Berlin and performed with top companies around the world including San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dresden, Santa Fe and Philadelphia as well as with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.

Bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown has recently made his debuts with the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Antonio and Boston’s Odyssey Opera.  Other recent engagements have included Angelotti in Tosca with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Brown is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned both his Master’s degree in music and his Artist Diploma.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


In partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival