National Philharmonic and Chorale: Handel's Messiah for the Holiday
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The last date listed for National Philharmonic: Handel's Messiah was Sunday December 23, 2012 / 3:00pm (Pre-Concert Lecture at 1:45pm).
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Known worldwide as one of the most remarkable prodigies of her generation, violinist Sarah Chang has grown from a promising talent into a mature artist of the highest order. Once named Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year, her fresh musical insights, technical virtuosity and intensity of emotion are mesmerizing, especially in a live concert setting. For this performance at Strathmore, she plays Vivaldi's most popular work, his Four Seasons, a set of four short violin concertos that are filled with dazzling effects mimicking natural phenomena such as storms, wind, thunder and rain, as well as bird calls. Chang's 2007 CD of the work attracted international acclaim, with BBC Music Magazine stating, "She has never made a finer recording." She'll also perform Strauss' adagio for strings, Metamorphosen, which he wrote during the closing days of World War II as an elegy for the destruction of Munich, including the historic National Theatre opera house. Learn More
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Stan Engebretson, conductor
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Smith, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
National Philharmonic Chorale Commence the holiday season with Handel’s 1741 masterpiece, the most performed and beloved work in all of Western choral music. The critically acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, joined by a superb cast of soloists and led by conductor Stan Engebretson, capture the joy, spirit and grandeur of the season. Enjoy such favorites as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”