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  • Date Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Time 7:30 pm
  • Venue Second Baptist Church
  • Conductor Erin R. Freeman
  • Tickets: Adult: $20
    Child: $10
    Student: $10 (with valid ID)
  • BRAHMS Selections from German Requiem
    I. Selig Sind, die da Lied tragen
    IV. Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
    VII. Selig sind die Toten
  • LASSO / ed. Erb Two works on “Dessus le Marche d’Arras”
    Chanson on “Dessus le Marche d’Arras”
    Magnificat in the First Tone on “Dessus le Marche d’Arra”
  • ERB Little Lamb
  • SCHUMANN / ed. Erb John Anderson
  • Irish / arr. Erb My Lagan Love
  • Welsh / arr. Erb Suo Gan
  • Traditional / arr. Erb Amazing Grace
  • American / arr. Erb Colorado Trail
  • American / arr. Erb Now is the Cool…
  • American / arr. Erb Shenandoah

Join the Richmond Symphony Chorus as they pay homage to founder James Erb. Most well-known for his stirring arrangement of Shenandoah, Erb also composed and arranged several other works, including Amazing Grace, Now is the Cool of the Day, and the Colorado Trail.  We will perform several of these lesser-known, but equally beautiful selections, and pair them with music of Orlando Lassus, curated and edited by Dr. Erb, and three movements from the Brahms’ Requiem, the final full work that Erb prepared with the Richmond Symphony Chorus.

Erin R. Freeman, Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus & James Erb Choral Chair

About the Richmond Symphony Chorus

James Erb organized the all-volunteer Richmond Symphony Chorus in 1971 for a December performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, under guest conductor Robert Shaw. For 36 years, Erb continued to direct and build the Chorus to reflect the Symphony’s high standards. Erin Freeman assumed leadership of the Chorus at the start of its 2007–08 season. The repertoire for its selected volunteer membership has included most of the standard repertoire for chorus and orchestra: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion and Mass in B Minor, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Choral Fantasy, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Requiem settings by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi and Faure, Mahler’s Symphony No.2, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and all of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, in addition to a number of shorter choral-orchestral works. Special projects have included a performance and recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of JoAnn Falletta, a performance with the Richmond Symphony in the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and a re-creation of the Chorus’s inaugural performance of Missa Solemnis, under the direction of Erin Freeman. In February 2017, members of the Chorus will perform Poulenc’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, with Erin Freeman conducting. On April 28th and in honor of its 45th anniversary, the Chorus will present an all-choral concert in tribute to its founder, James Erb, at Second Baptist Church.