The German language could be heard echoing off the walls of the Hampden Academy Performing Arts center Monday as one of Johannes Brahms greatest works was performed.
"It's based on texts that Brahms himself picked out from biblical sources," Professor Ludlow Hallman, conductor of the concert, says. "He tried very hard in picking biblical sources that didn't have anything dogmatically Christian."
Ein deutsches Requiem is a bit different from other requiems, rather it focuses on the lives of those left behind. The concept fitting perfectly with the tribute of the concert.
"We're honoring those that were affected by the shooting at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, and also for Martin Luther King Jr. today," Justin Zang, the baritone soloist and member of the choir, says.
But it was the local tribute that had dozens come to listen, the retirement of a man who many consider incredible.
"They just have the utmost respect for him," Kelly Scheetz, a soprano soloist and choir member, says. "He is just a wonderful, talented conductor and teacher."
The night's performance was Hallman's last as a full time faculty member for the group, but he plans on being around and conducting until his official day of retirement.