Music to Accompany a Departure


SCHÜTZ          Musikalische Exequien (Music To Accompany A Departure)


Grant Gershon, conductor
Peter Sellars, director 
Alice Goodman
James F. Ingalls, lighting designer
Danielle Domingue Sumi, costume designer
Pamela Salling, stage manager
24 singers, continuo



Following their widely acclaimed collaboration on Lagrime di San Pietro, Peter Sellars, Grant Gershon and singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale reunite with a deeply personal meditation on what it means to say goodbye in times of struggle. The luminous music of the Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz’s serves as the inspiration for this ceremony of remembrance and devotion.

Schütz composed the Musikalische Exequien (Music to Accompany a Departure) during the terrible ravages of the 30 Years War, and it was dedicated to the memory of one of his dearest friends and benefactors. Schütz is widely regarded as the greatest German composer before Bach, and the Musikalische Exequien was the first requiem written in the language of the people rather than Latin. The music speaks with both quiet emotion and enormous depth of feeling. This is a vocal work of soaring purity, with solo voices interacting with a constantly shifting combination of choral forces.

For this performance, we will feature 24 singers accompanied by Baroque organ and viol da gamba to create an intimate ceremony of connection across time and space. As with Lagrime di San Pietro, we expect that this presentation will travel to festivals and venues around the world in the coming years. You can be among the first to experience this extraordinary new collaboration in the transcendent acoustics of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Please note: The content of this concert may be emotionally challenging as it includes themes of death, loss, and grief.

COVID-19 SAFETY: Our COVID-19 policy is available here. We expect our policy to change as advice and guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health change; please check our policy page before attending this concert to ensure you are up to date on our requirements. If you cannot meet them, and have already purchased tickets, we will offer an exchange or refund. 

Sunday, November 20 at 6 pm 
With Alan Chapman, Grant Gershon, and Peter Sellars



Music to Accompany a Departure is made possible by generous support from Lillian Pierson Lovelace, Patrick R. Fitzgerald, and Ron Myrick.

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