Ein deutsches Requiem

Music Director & Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres

Artistic Director Michael Austin Miller

The Program

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Bainbridge Chorale join forces to perform one of Brahms’ most intensely spiritual works, A German Requiem. Its humanistic vision distinguishes this unique work from other more typical settings of the Requiem. Instead of following the standard liturgical meditations on death, Brahms included biblical text of his own choosing to comfort the living.

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Mario Alejandro Torres

Mario Alejandro Torres is a conductor, teacher, and performer native to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Torres made his Benaroya Hall conducting debut in collaboration with Maestros Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee in an exciting concert with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he has served in a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Morlot in collaboration with artists such as Hilary Hahn and John Luther Adams. As the Music Director of Poulsbo Community Orchestra, he has brought a new and exciting sound to the ensemble. Outside of the United States, he has conducted performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, and Victoriano Lopez School of Music Choir.

As an advocate for Education, Mr. Torres serves as Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, where he is a candidate for the doctoral degree in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of David Alexander Rahbee and Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot. His energy and passion to work with young musicians have brought the UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras to a higher level of artistic performance. He has also held teaching positions at the Victoriano Lopez School of Music in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Louisiana Academy of Music in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In his work for social inclusion, Mr. Torres has appeared internationally as a guest conductor and clinician for programs such as The National Music School of Suriname in South America and the Académie Musicale Occide Jeanty in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.

As a violist, he has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, NSULA Symphony and Chamber orchestras, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and the Monteux School and Music Festival. He has been co-principal violist for Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Shreveport Summer Music Festival. He has also played with Symphoria, Shreveport, Longview, Rapides, Marshall, and Costa Rica Symphony orchestras. Mr. Torres performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, and England.

Mr. Torres holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Ithaca College under the mentorship of Jeffery Meyer, and a Bachelor and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA). Mr. Torres completed a professional program with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program, focusing in community leadership, teaching artistry, and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Torres also holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.

His wife Jenny is an active member of the community, supporting and engaging in activities with the Seattle Music Partners Program, and the Special Events department of the Seattle Symphony

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Michael Austin Miller

The 2019-2020 season marks the tenth year of Michael Austin Miller's tenure as Artistic Director of the Bainbridge Chorale.

Under his direction, the Chorale continues to attract new singers and audience members while experiencing growth in vocal skills and exploring both contemporary and classic choral repertoire. As evidence of its increasing stature in the choral community, the Chorale has been privileged to perform at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on three occasions and has had opportunities to perform at Benaroya Hall as well. Videos of their performance at St. Mark’s can be found on YouTube.

In addition to being the Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Snohomish, Miller is an award-winning music educator and a composer and arranger. Much of his music is self-published, though several pieces have been published by Oxford University Press and MorningStar Music Publishers. A number of his works have been premiered by the Chorale. His compositions include “Let Us All Make Music,” commissioned jointly by the Olympic Girls’ Choir and the Bainbridge Youth Symphony, and premiered by them in May 2018. He serves as Composer in Residence for reSound: a Northwest Chamber Ensemble. He has guest-conducted that ensemble as well as a number of other choirs, including Orchestra Seattle’s Chamber Singers.

Miller has served on the board of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium and the Kaleidoscope Academy and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Phi Mu Alpha (a professional music fraternity), and the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.

In his spare time, Miller enjoys writing short stories and has published two books, Can I Tell You a Story, and Homespun Humor and Half-true Tales.

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Adults - $26.00 USD
Senior (62+) - $23.00 USD
Students (over 18)/Military/Teachers - $18.00 USD
Students/Children (18 and under) - Free


April 25 & 26, 2020