Washington Chorus Presents "American Masters" Concert
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With a voice that The New York Times describes as a "singularly thunderous baritone," Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the NSO Pops for an evening of holiday favorites. Equally comfortable as a dancer and a singer, he's an in-demand presence on the Great White Way, with critically acclaimed performances in Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He's even had two cameo appearances on the hit TV show Glee, and last year released a CD of Broadway hits entitled Simply Broadway. Steven Reineke conducts the orchestra as Stokes puts his jazzy spin on all the holiday classics. Word on the street is that Jolly ol' St. Nick might even make an appearance at this show! 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.
About the Ticket Supplier: The Washington Chorus
Founded in 1961 as the Oratorio Society of Washington, The Washington Chorus is noted for its critically-acclaimed performances and recordings of the entire range of the choral repertoire. A Grammy Award winner, The Washington Chorus is currently in its 50th season and is considered a cultural leader in the Washington area. The Chorus presents an annual subscription series at the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Music Center at Strathmore, and other major venues throughout the Washington area. The Chorus frequently appears there at the invitation of the National Symphony Orchestra, singing under the direction of many of the world's greatest conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano and many others. In addition to its regular Kennedy Center performances, the Chorus has sung throughout the metropolitan area and has received acclaim for numerous world premieres. The Chorus has recorded, been nationally broadcast and internationally televised, performed as part of a motion picture soundtrack, and has performed for presidential inaugurations and to honor world leaders.