A Grand Statement

Daniel Kellogg

Daniel Kellogg

Big anniversaries call for expansive celebrations. And the 150th anniversary celebratory concert at Wheaton College (IL) is no exception. The gala event on November 20, 2010, is pulling out all the stops. The concert opens with a rousing, new Daniel Kellogg work commissioned by SDG and Wheaton College especially for this sesquicentennial. O Greening Branch, for chorus and symphonic band, was inspired by the poetry of Hildegard of Bingen.

It is particularly exciting to me,” relates Kellogg, “to bring an ancient text into a modern context. For me, the poetry of Hildegard of Bingen is profoundly beautiful. It’s filled with praise; it’s glorifying God. I love that this ancient voice can speak into our sense of praise right now.  I love the idea of being able to take a text and shape the music to offer a grand statement that I could never make as a single person but only through combining all these forces and inviting all these people to come together to make a piece of music. For me, it has a sense of worship and reverence and celebration.”Daniel Kellogg, composer

SDG Communications Manager Marcia Broucek speaks with composer Daniel Kellogg

If you’re in the Chicago area and can get to this Wheaton concert, you’ll hear not only this lively new commission, but also a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. Conducted by Maestro John Nelson, the Artist Series performance of the Requiem will feature the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Men’s Glee Club, and Women’s Chorale, the Northern Illinois University Concert Choir, as well as the Apollo Chorus of Chicago.

Peter Bannister

Peter Bannister

And it gets better: Ticket holders are invited to a dinner-hour presentation by Peter Bannister on Friday, November 19th and an open rehearsal to follow.

“An Agnostic’s Requiem?”

  • What did Brahms really believe?
  • Why did he write the Requiem?
  • What makes his Requiem so unique?

On Friday evening, November 19, 2010, SDG’s Associate Artistic Director and Composer-in-Residence is offering a personal view of Brahms’ beloved work.

A free event open to all!
Friday, November 19, 2010
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Great works of art take on new meaning when we perceive them through the eyes and ears of people who have spent their lives studying such works. If you plan to attend the Saturday, November 20th performance of the Brahms Requiem, or if you simply love Brahms music, this warm-up event is an opportunity to enhance and deepen your listening experience. Everyone is invited, and the presentation is free, courtesy of Soli Deo Gloria.

Anderson Commons

Anderson Commons

Simply come to Anderson Commons (the highly rated campus dining hall on the Wheaton College campus), buy your own dinner (great food at very reasonable prices), and bring your tray to the South Party Room to join us.

Peter Bannister, who is joining us from Paris for this presentation, is an insightful musician and scholar with an impressive list of achievements as a composer and performer, including commissions, premieres, prizes and performance engagements throughout Europe and abroad. His musical activities can be tracked on his website and his blog, Da stand das Meer | a music and theology weblog.

Mr. Bannister will explore the genesis of Brahms’s masterpiece, its relationship to traditional notions of a musical requiem, as well as the composer’s highly individual (and controversial) adaptation of the biblical texts he used in the work. For all who plan on attending the performance of the Requiem on Saturday evening, this is an excellent opportunity to contemplate some of the underlying, intriguing aspects of Brahms’s magnum opus.

Anderson Commons is located in the Todd M. Beamer Memorial Center at 421 North Chase Street on the campus of Wheaton College (see campus map).

Since the South Party Room has a limited seating capacity, we’d greatly appreciate it if you would notify us that you plan to attend. Contact SDG or call 630-984-4300

John Nelson

John Nelson

All ticket-holders for the Saturday performance are also invited, at no charge, to an open rehearsal conducted by John Nelson in Edman Chapel on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., immediately following Peter Bannister’s presentation.


SAT 11/20
4:00 PM
Blanchard Hall, Rm 339
“In Conversation with Composer Daniel Kellogg”
with Tony Payne, Artist Series Director; Junius Johnson, Yale Divinity School, translator of Hildegard von Bingen’s poetry for Kellogg’s O Greening Branch; and Timothy Yontz, Director of the Wheaton College Symphonic Band, which is performing the premiere of O Greening Branch.

SAT 11/20
6:15 PM
Edman Chapel
“On Whose Shoulders We Stand”
College President Dr. Philip Ryken hosts a retrospective look at the U.S., Leipzig, China, and Wheaton in 1868, the year the complete Requiem was premiered. Guests include Mayor Michael Gresk, Profs. David Maas, Johann Buis and Chuck Webber.

SAT, 11/20
8:00 PM
Edman Chapel
O Greening Branch
by Daniel Kellogg
Ein deutsches Requiem
by Johannes Brahms
John Nelson, conductor

phone 630-752-5010

Post-concert Reception in Adam’s Hall Art Gallery