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Helmuth Rilling Conducts Brahms' A German Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and Vocal Soloists


Concerts include a lecture-demonstration led by Helmuth Rilling and a complete performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem

Soprano Letizia Scherrer, baritone Mathias Hausmann and the Minnesota Chorale join the Minnesota Orchestra onstage

In performances April 22 to 24, esteemed German conductor Helmuth Rilling leads the Minnesota Orchestra in Brahms' A German Requiem. The concerts begin with conductor Helmuth Rilling leading a lecture-demonstration that introduces audiences to the music, with Rilling offering insights on this moving work, and demonstrations by the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and vocal soloists Letizia Scherrer and Mathias Hausmann. This special lecture-demonstration is approximately 35 minutes in duration. Following intermission, A German Requiem will be performed in its entirety by the Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and soloists.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $79. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Helmuth Rilling, conductor
German conductor Helmuth Rilling, who last appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2008, is one of the world’s leading interpreters of choral-orchestral music. He has toured internationally, collaborating with the world’s foremost orchestras, and he has founded numerous ensembles and music festivals including the Gächinger Kantorei, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Oregon Bach Festival. The first to record Bach’s complete cantatas, Rilling guided a project to record a 172-disc cycle of Bach’s entire compositional output. His extensive recording repertoire on television, radio and disc has been recognized with a Grammy Award and additional Grammy nominations. In 2015 he published a book about Handel’s Messiah that was co-authored by Kathy Saltzman Romey, choral adviser to the Minnesota Orchestra. Among his many honors, he has been awarded the Staufer Gold Medal, the Herbert von Karajan Music prize and the ECHO Klassik award. More:,

Letizia Scherrer, soprano
Soprano Letizia Scherrer, who debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra in these concerts, has worked extensively with conductor Helmuth Rilling; her Carnegie Hall debut was in a performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem under his leadership. A native of Switzerland, she is known for her outstanding interpretations of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Her concert engagements have included performances around the world with ensembles such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and with institutions including the Salzburg Festival and the International Bach Academy. She can be heard on numerous recordings and has received many awards including the Eliette von Karajan Culture Foundation prize. More:

Mathias Hausmann, baritone
Austrian baritone Mathias Hausmann, making his Minnesota Orchestra debut, has performed in some of the world’s finest musical venues with such ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Stuttgart’s Bach Academy, Symphonieorchester des BR, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Haydn Philharmonie Eisenstadt and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. He has also become widely recognized for a series of recordings from the Salzburg Festival, Teatro alla Scala and Moerbisch Festival. Among the major roles he has sung are Mozart’s Papageno, Guglielmo and Conte Almaviva; Rossini’s Barbiere and Dandini; and Verdi’s Marcello. He was also heard in the Austrian premiere of Nicholas Maw’s opera Sophie’s Choice. More:

Minnesota Chorale
The Minnesota Chorale, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus since 2004, is now in its 21st season under the leadership of Kathy Saltzman Romey, who prepared the Chorale for these performances. Founded in 1972, the Chorale is the state’s preeminent symphonic chorus, performing regularly with both this Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Among the Chorale’s initiatives are the acclaimed Bridges program, the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, Men in Music for high-school boys and InChoir for adults. The Chorale most recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra last December and January, singing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. More:

Brahms: A German Requiem
Brahms chose texts from Luther’s translation of the Bible for this profoundly personal work, one in which he responds to the loss of his mother and of his dear friend Robert Schumann with a message of consolation. Humankind is represented by choral singers; solo soprano and baritone introduce individual viewpoints. Memorable are the muted march “All flesh is as grass,” the pivotal “How lovely is they dwelling place” and the triumphant choral fugues.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Friday, April 22, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Helmuth Rilling
, conductor
Letizia Scherrer, soprano
Mathias Hausmann, baritone
Minnesota Chorale

BRAHMS                    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

Tickets: $25-$79


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All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change. 

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 


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