Brahms’ Requiem Concert March 14th and 16th

Brahms Poster for performance promotionThe Grande Ronde Symphony Association is so very pleased to sponsor a large collaborative concert for chorus, orchestra, a soprano soloist and a baritone soloist. M Zeke Fetrow-2015-biophotoPerformers for this concert hail from Baker, Malheur, Union, and Wallowa counties. The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, along with musicians from Ontario, will be supporting the voices of the EOU Chamber Choir, Grande Ronde Community Choir, Treasure Valley Concert Choir, and Treasure Valley Chorale in the presentation of Brahms’ Requiem, under the baton of GRSO’s Zeke Fetrow, Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 pm MDT in the Meyer-McLean Theater on the TVCC campus in Ontario. The concert will also be presented Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm PDT in McKenzie Theater on the EOU campus in La Grande.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) is one of the most celebrated composers of the Romantic period. The death of Brahms’ close friend, Robert Schumann in 1856, and of Brahms’ mother in 1865, both played a large part in encouraging Brahms to write the Requiem, though he never actually attributed the composition to either person. In each movement of Ein deutsches Requiem Brahms presents the listener with something distressing but he follows it with something comforting. The first and last movements both talk about comfort for the living and the dead, while the fourth movement contemplates heaven.

Rebecca Replogle, director of choirs at Treasure Valley Community College, will be the featured soprano soloist. At TVCC, Ms. Replogle teaches Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Fundamentals, Music Appreciation, History of Rock Music, and Private Voice.  A native of Jonesboro, AR, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Mississippi, before joining Louisiana Tech University faculty as Director of Choirs. Zeke Fetrow, director of Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, will be the conductor for this dynamic, emotional concert. Rebecca Replogle headshot

Peter Wordelman, director of the EOU Chamber Choir, will be the featured baritone soloist. Peter is currently Professor of Music and the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Oregon University.  He is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and received his D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Arizona.  He currently conducts the EOU Chamber Choir, teaches conducting and teaches courses in popular music history.

ContinuinPeter Wordelman photog our new tradition, begun last year, is the FANFARE! FANFARE is a pre-concert event to be held at Ten Depot Street Restaurant, Thursday only, March 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Zeke Fetrow about the musical offering of the evening’s large-scale concert program while enjoying a no-host bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Zeke’s presentation will be 5:30-6:00 pm. This will give everyone time to head to the concert hall to claim a good seat!

Tickets cost $12 at the door for adults or $8 for seniors. College students get in for $2 and students 8th-12th grade get in for $1. Under 8th grade get in free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Direct Music Source at 1206 Adams in La Grande or at Betty’s Books at 1813 Main Street in Baker City. Online purchases can be made here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at each theater in Ontario and La Grande. Inquiries can be made via email at

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