Susquehanna Valley Chorale to present Brahms’ ‘Requiem’

SUNBURY — The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) will present “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” the well-loved and brilliant work by Johannes Brahms 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, at Zion Lutheran Church, Market Street.

This vocal and orchestral favorite will feature the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Orchestra and nationally-recognized soloists, soprano, Lynn Eustis, and Williamsport native, baritone, Brian Mextorf. The concert is under the direction of music director and conductor, William Payn.

There will be a pre-concert lecture with Gary Boerckel before each performance, at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Based on Biblical passages chosen by the composer, “Ein Deutsches Requiem” is not at all a traditional requiem. Brahms himself seems to have been somewhat ambivalent about the title. Brahms’ texts are concerned with the living more than the dead.

The first words sung by the chorus are, “Blessed are those who mourn and the later movements offer consolation to the living in the face of life’s shortness and sorrow. The dead are blessed, as the final movement proclaims, and at peace.”

SVC will welcome back Lynn Eustis as the soprano soloist. Audiences will remember her from the well-received performance of Elijah in the fall of 2015. Brian Mextorf quickly became an audience favorite when he made his SVC debut at the sold-out performance of Voices of Light last spring.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 570-547-0455, or at the door.