Washington Chorus Presents "American Masters" Concert
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A self-taught musical prodigy, George Benson quickly established himself as a premier guitarist in the jazz genre. Then, to the astonishment of critics and the delight of fans, he began singing, pushing his act to pop stardom with hits like "On Broadway," "The Greatest Love of All" and "In Your Eyes." Along the way, he's earned 10 Grammy Awards and been named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Spend an evening under the stars listening to this icon with the magic fingers and silky-smooth voice perform all your favorites. He'll be joined by teen jazz guitar sensation Andreas Varady, who's been hand-picked for management by the legendary Quincy Jones. Learn More
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Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard
Copland: featured selections from Old American Songs; the suite from _The Tender Land
David Hayes, guest conductor
Risa Renae Harmon, soprano
Garrett L. Eucker, treble
The Washington Chorus celebrates the music of three of America’s most significant composers: Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. Bernstein allowed some of his jazz and Latin dance music influences to color the spiritual Chichester Psalms, with texts from the Hebrew Psalms. Complementing the popular Chichester Psalms on the first half of the program is Barber’s stunning Prayers of Kierkegaard. Copland, “the dean of American composers” (and a mentor to both Bernstein and Barber), is a master of giving voice to traditional American folk music. Featured selections from his beloved Old American Songs include “At the River,” “Long-Time Ago,” “Simple Gifts,” “Zion’s Walls” and “Ching-A-Ring-Chaw.” The suite from his opera The Tender Land includes “Stomp Your Foot” and “The Promise of Living.”
- David Hayes, guest conductor *
David Hayes was appointed Music Director of The Philadelphia Singers in 1992. In 2001, he was appointed to the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also served as cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and for Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 1999 European Tour. Mr. Hayes is the Director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies for the Mannes College of Music in New York City and Staff Conductor of the symphony orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music.
With The Philadelphia Singers, Mr. Hayes has conducted numerous critically acclaimed performances including Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Solomon, the Philadelphia premiere of Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Hindemith’s Symphonie Mathis der Maler (presented with The Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra), J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio, the Philadelphia premiere of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims with The Curtis Symphony and Opera Theatre (a work he first conducted in 1992 with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague), Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Missa Solemnis, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
Recently, Mr. Hayes was asked by Maestro Sawallisch to conduct Brahms’s Song of Destiny with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Hayes shared the podium with Maestro Sawallisch for the final three subscription performances of the Maestro’s farewell season with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Last season, he conducted The Philadelphia Singers Chorale in Randall Thompson’s Alleluia as part of a national PBS television broadcast of “A Tribute Concert: Music and Reflection on the Tragedies of September 11” presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra.