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A German Requiem By Johannes Brahms
Featuring James and Susan McKeever, Piano

Friday, October 21, 2016, 7 PM
St. Lucy Catholic Church
3101 Drexel Ave, Racine, WI
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3 PM
Frances Bedford Concert Hall
University of Wisconsin Parkside
900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI

The world fell in love with Johannes Brahms through this beautiful requiem. Inspired by feelings of loss for his mother and his mentor Robert Schumann, the young composer transformed the traditional prayer for the dead into a comfort for those left behind. The work was revolutionary for its time because Brahms used German rather than Latin and modified the Requiem form. His skillful handling of the text infused this work with blessing and joy. CAS is honored to welcome the McKeever Duo as guest pianists. The will play Brahms’s own 1871 arrangement for piano – four hands, written for a performance in the London home of Sir Henry Thompson and his wife, pianist Kate Loder (Lady Thompson). This version became known as the “London Version.” Download the program notes here: program-notes-brahms-requiem

James McKeever is Professor of Piano at UW-Parkside. He received the DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician. Susan McKeever is an Associate Lecturer at UW-Parkside. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Redlands and a MM degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  She performs as an accompanist and chamber musician. The McKeever Duo has performed extensively throughout the Midwest and South. http://www.last.fm/music/McKeever+Piano+Duo

nancy-davis-1001-sm tim-rebers-smallTim Rebers, baritone soloist, is a singer, composer, arranger, and conductor. He holds his M.A. in Vocal Performance as well as Music Composition from Truman State University and his B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Wisconsin Lutheran College. Nancy Anne Davis, soprano soloist, holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College. Both artists have performed a wide variety of operatic and solo repertoire, and are frequently guest soloists with CAS. https://www.facebook.com/Tim-Rebers-baritone-217312997264/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info

Tickets: Adults $15 in advance, $17 at the door; Seniors $12 in advance, $14 at the door; Students $5

Tickets for Friday, October 21, 2016, 7 PM, St. Lucy Catholic Church
It’s almost time, so online tickets are no longer available for this performance. Tickets are still available at Personal Touch Florists, and will be sold at the door: Adults $17; Seniors $14; Students $5. Season Flexpasses will also be available at the door. Cash or check made out to “Choral Arts Society.” Thank you!

Tickets for Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3 PM, UW-Parkside
It’s almost time, so online tickets are no longer available for this performance. Tickets are still available at Personal Touch Florists, and will be sold at the door: Adults $17; Seniors $14; Students $5. Season Flexpasses will also be available at the door. Cash or check made out to “Choral Arts Society.” Thank you!