In times of crisis, humankind has often come together in moments of remembrance and reflection. In Sorrow to the Stars, we seek to explore this quest for memory and the transfiguration the can occur as part of this community ritual.


Arnold Schoenberg wrote Friede auf Erden in 1906, long before he turned to the hard-edge sound world of serialism. Friede auf Erden, with its whisper-to-wail dynamic range, espouses Schoenberg’s belief that “Peace on Earth is possible only if there is the most intense vigilance as to harmony.” Howells’ Requiem is an exquisite and deeply personal expression of loss, written in memory of those killed in the First World War, which was later further developed after the loss of his young son to polio. Paired with other works exploring the concepts of solace, peace, and transcendence, including Arvo Pärt’s Da pacem Domine, this concert is sure to be an evening of remarkable transcendence.


This program is made possible by a generous gift from Clint & Missy Kelly.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020 at 7:30PM - Alexandria, Virginia

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020 at 7:30PM - Downtown Washington, D.C.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020 at 5:00PM - Bethesda, Maryland

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