THOMASTON – Down East Singers, Mozart Mentors Orchestra and soloists Sarah Tuttle, soprano, and John David Adams, baritone, present Johannes Brahms’s “A German Requiem,” sung in German, at 5 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Watts Hall, 174 Main St. The performance will be conducted by Anthony Antolini of Cushing.

The program begins with the traditional singing of Cecil Effinger’s “American Hymn,” an arrangement for chorus, audience and orchestra of “America the Beautiful.” Immediately following will be the Ukrainian National Anthem, sung in Ukrainian and accompanied by string orchestra.

Brahms’s “Requiem” is the longest work the composer ever wrote, surpassing his symphonies and concertos. (He never wrote an opera). Even though the word “Requiem” stands as its title, the composition has little connection with the traditional Latin mass for the dead. Brahms chose his own texts from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, with a goal of offering comfort to the bereaved rather than conveying the medieval visions of pain and fear connected with the Last Judgment.

Soprano soloist Sarah Tuttle grew up in Maine and sang as a young person with Down East Singers. She attended New England Conservatory, and has sung professionally with the Oldenburg, Germany, Opera. Most recently, she launched Songs From Here, an initiative connecting poets, composers and musicians from across Maine. She is heard regularly on Maine Public Radio’s classical station and is a board member of the Maine chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Opera on Tap in Maine.

Baritone soloist John David Adams has appeared with orchestras and music ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, Oratorio Chorale and Bowdoin Chorus. A native of the Boston area, he studied voice and opera at the Hartt School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He currently lives in Midcoast Maine and teaches voice at Bay Chamber Music School in Rockport.

Admission to the performance is $20, free to those 18 and younger, but all must have a ticket. Doors open at 4 p.m. Audience members must wear a mask; free masks will be provided. Tickets are available at the Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Flaura Flowers & Wine in Thomaston, on the Down East Singers website, and at the box office on the day of the performance if supplies last. For more information, visit Down East Singers at or call (207) 619-0413.