U.S. premiere

Human Requiem

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey, conductor

Sunday, October 16, Tuesday, October 18, and Wednesday, October 19
Human Requiem
Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger
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Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem was written not for the dead, but for the living. The composer himself called it the “human” requiem—otherworldly music to accompany those who seek to transcend our human condition. For this unique theatrical event staged by Jochen Sandig and scored gracefully for piano four hands and choir, conductor Simon Halsey and Rundfunkchor Berlin craft an immersive experience of remarkable artistry where the standing audience moves organically with the production, and division between performer and audience, life and death, light and dark all seem to dissolve.

As this is not a typical performance, please note:
• Bags and purses are not permitted in the performance space. There will be a free and mandatory bag check.
• You will be asked to remove your shoes when entering the performance space.
• You are strongly encouraged to read the synopsis and texts prior to coming to the event. Programs will be handed out after the performance.
• There will be no chairs; during the performance you will stand, move, and sit on cushions. Please dress comfortably.

“Incredibly moving…the music flowed over the audience with unusual sensorial clarity.”


Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey, conductor
Marlis Petersen, soprano
Konrad Jarnot, baritone
Angela Gassenhuber, piano
Philip Mayers, piano
Jochen Sandig, concept and scenic realization
  • Brahms (arr. Phillip Moll): Ein deutsches Requiem
  • These performances will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
  • Post-performance discussion with Simon Halsey, Jochen Sandig, and Patrick Castillo on October 18
  • Please note that there is no seating for this performance. The audience is encouraged to move and interact in the performance space.

  • A production of Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Choir) in cooperation with Sasha Waltz & Guests and RADIALSYSTEM V


Sunday, October 16 at 7:30
Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30
Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30


Venue Accessibility

  •  Large-print programs
  •  Braille programs
  •  Wheelchair-accessible seating
  •  Assistive listening devices
  • For more information about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375.