The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The UW Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra will perform Brahms’ “German” Requiem this fall and Robert Kyr’s “Passion” in the spring.

August 8, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Just a quick note to share some information about an event, always much anticipated, at the University of Wisconsin School of Music:

The Ear has just learned that the campus-community group the UW Choral Union and the UW Symphony Orchestra (below), both under the baton of conductor Beverly Taylor, will perform his Numero Uno favorite choral work: the “German” Requiem by Johannes Brahms.

It will be performed in Mills Hall on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

It is a great work to my taste because it more secular and humanist than religious.

And the music is absolutely first-rate, by turns lyrical and dramatic and all simply gorgeous (at bottom.) Music just doesn’t come better than this masterpiece by Brahms (below).

The season brochure for the UW School of Music is at the printer, according to officials. It should be released to the public in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, to check out the season by date you can go to the Events Calendar at

And know that auditions for the Choral Union will be held on Sept. 3 and 4 with the first rehearsal on Monday Sept. 10. More details, including a phone number for questions, can be found at:

During the spring, the UW Choral Union will also perform a work  by  the acclaimed contemporary American composer Robert Kyr (below), “The Passion According to Four Evangelists,” with UW Chamber Orchestra in Mills Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 and 28.

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