The music of Johannes Brahms, with its warmth and rich harmonies, goes perfectly with a summer night. Saturday, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, is singing a comforting Brahms masterpiece, the "German Requiem." There is nothing forbidding about this music, nothing frightening. It is a set of Scriptures drawn from the Christian and Jewish traditions and set to ravishing music.
Conducting the production will be Robert Duerr, who led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus earlier this year in a beautiful performance of Faure's Requiem. Duerr, a North Tonawanda native, has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and other venues all over the world.
The soloists for the Brahms are soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, who recently distinguished herself in Britain in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess"; and baritone Tyler Duncan, shortly to star in Boston's Early Music Festival.
Duerr conducts Brahms at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Chautauqua Amphitheatre. General admission evening gate/performance tickets are $40. Call 357-6250 for information.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman