As part of its 132nd season, the Handel Oratorio Society will presentJohannes Brahms' "A German Requiem" with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at8 p.m. in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island.
Two area natives, soprano Claire Kuttler and baritone Saul Nache, will perform assoloists for the concert. Ms. Kuttler, originally from Davenport (who earned her bachelor's degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., and a master's from the University of Maryland) has sung many operatic roles, includingMimíin "La Bohème," Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni" and Michaela in "Carmen."
She also hassung for former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Ms. Kuttler lives in New YorkCity and will complete her professional studies diploma at the Mannes College of Music this spring.
Mr. Nache,originally of Silvis, won the Bravo Award in the 2007 Bel Canto FoundationCompetition in Chicago. He was a vocal fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in 2009.Some of his favorite roles include Schaunard in "La Bohème," Guglielmo in "Cosí fan tutte" and Papagenoin "Die Zauberflöte." He earned his master's degree from the University of Illinois andcurrently is a member of the voice faculty at Augustana.
Brahms' Requiem (written between 1865-68) adapts Bible excerpts that speak toand comfort the living. It's been done locally last fall by Nova Singers, in 2009 at St. Ambrose and 2006 by the Quad City Symphony. Saturday's concert ticketsare $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 forstudents and Augustana faculty and staff. Free tickets are available for middle and high schoolstudents and their families because of a grant from the Meredith Foundation.
To purchase tickets, visit augustana.edu/tickets or call 309-794-7306.
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