Some 250 musicians will take the stage April 6 at the Moss Arts Center for a performance of the beloved Brahms' Requiem.

The New River Valley Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Tech Choirs, and Blacksburg Master Chorale will join together under the direction of Dwight Bigler for a performance of the classic work.

The piece will feature baritone soloist Mark Diamond and soprano soloist Annamarie Zmolek. Diamond, a graduate of the Studio of Houston Grand Opera, has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival. Zmolek recently sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as a semifinalist in the National Council Auditions.

The Requiem is considered a healing piece and deals with notions of loss and longing. Brahms wrote this personal reflection in German instead of Latin, and it is considered a non-liturgical sacred work. Written between 1865 and 1868 and made up of seven movements, it is regarded as one of Brahms’ most treasured pieces and will engage audiences of all ages.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre and is presented by the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts.

Tickets and parking

Tickets are $15 general, $12 senior, and $7 student and are available through the Center for the Arts box office, online, or by calling 540-231-5300. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Moss Arts Center is located at 190 Alumni Mall on the campus of Virginia Tech. Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Additional parking is available after 5 p.m. on weekdays on Alumni Mall; in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Streets; in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street; and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email Susan Sanders or call her at 540-231-5200 during regular business hours at least 6 business days prior to the event.

Written by Ryan McHugh of Blacksburg, Virginia, a graduate student studying arts leadership in the School of Performing Arts.

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