From WCLV Radio: David Rothenberg is chair of the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music. He’s giving the free concert previews in Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Hall prior to both performances. You can listen to the entire preview here; http://wclv.ideastream.org/wclv/david-rothenberg-previews-dvoraks-stabat-mater-at-the-cleveland-orchestra
Seeking solace, a grief-stricken Dvořák wrote his Stabat Mater, the Latin text describing Mary’s anguish as she stood before the cross, after he suffered the loss of three of his children in rapid and tragic succession. A profound, masterful setting of the expression of loss and sorrow, Dvořák’s work conveys his sense of deepest emptiness, and documents his personal inner struggle and hard-won hope regained through devotional music.