Saturday, April 2, 10am-1pm
About Max Bragado-Darman
Max Bragado-Darman has served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Monterey Symphony for the past 12 years. Born in Madrid, Spain, he has conducted extensively in Europe and the U.S. He has been guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during its tour of Spain. In addition, he has conducted orchestras in Spain, Portugal, Germany, England and Argentina. In the U.S. he has been guest conductor with the Indianapolis, Nashville, Cleveland, San Diego, Honolulu, West Virginia, Savannah, and Cedar Rapids orchestras, to name but a few. More recently he has appeared on the podium of orchestras in Monterrey, Mexico and in Mexico City.
Max says of the Fauré Requiem: "It is a piece of exquisite beauty. This is a piece of exquisite beauty. As a requiem, it is unconventional in many ways. While it has a foundation in the Latin Roman Catholic tradition, Fauré freely altered the usual requiem text. In describing the work, Fauré said, 'I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I wanted to write something different.' He omitted the Dies Irae (fear of judgment) and added the final In Paradisum section. Fauré intended that the serenity conveyed by this movement would depict his personal vision of the sweetness of eternal rest. He described his requiem 'as gentle as I am myself.'
"Fauré was an inspired composer, basically traditional and with a great mastery of this form, but also incorporating modernistic elements that directly engage all our musical sensitivity. Just like what happens with Mozart, with the smallest amount of ingredients, Fauré reaches the sublime.”
Workshop will be in the Choir Room, MU 119, first building north of the Theater (TH) on the map below. Closest parking is Lot B. Parking fee not necessary on weekends.