Orchestra Amadeus: Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem for Gun Violence Prevention
Gun violence is a major concern in American society. With mass shootings, violent crime, tragic accidents, and suicides, America leads the developed world in gun deaths. As politicians dig in their heels and gun advocates empower the NRA, one thing is clear: while the debate over the 2nd amendment may be intellectual, the culture of violence that allows guns to claim life after life must change, and that change must begin in the heart.
To that end we offer this concert, featuring two works by the great humanist, Johannes Brahms. The Tragic Overture is a succinct yet highly dramatic movement which in which nervous energy is balanced by forceful and confident exclamations.
Ein deutsches Requiem is unique for its non-denominational approach to religious texts. The focus of the music and its texts is not on the day of judgement or death itself, but the pain–and relief of that pain–of the living. Set across 7 movements, the work is deeply moving, expressive, and evocative.
Orchestra Amadeaus will donate all the proceeds from this performance to Sandy Hook Promise. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.