Music as Heaven and Hell

This is the big one. Gloriously dark, at turns sublime and brutal, Mozart's final piece of music serves as a sweeping eschatological assault on death and dying. Aberrantly expressive, sometimes uncomfortably so, The Requiem is a triumphant monument to Mozart's impossible skill-set. Although arguably one of the most affecting pieces of music ever written –– with an infamous, although largely fabricated, backstory only deepening its mystique –– The Requiem's content somehow manages to surpass its reputation. The question: Is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra up for the challenge? The U.S. premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Triple Concerto opens the program. This event has all the makings to be one of the absolute highlights of the DFW classical season. Performances take place at 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and at 2:30 Sunday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets start at just $19. More information at
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 2:30 p.m. Starts: April 17. Continues through April 18, 2015
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Jonathan Patrick