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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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The weather was the tail end of a heavly rainy day. Thank goodness the rains subsided significantly just in time to attend the event.. I wore a dressy blouse and slacks ensemble with matching slippers which was apropos for my expectation of this classy evening event. Of course people can dress as they feel..
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It was a little disconcerting that the doors didn't open up until about 5 minutes before the show, but everyone got time to find their seats and take in the ambiance without feeling rushed. Ushers were excellent.
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This performance was chosen as one of the top five classical concerts of the spring arts season by the Washington Post .


Take a glorious musical tour through Scandinavia’s masters with favorites from Edvard Grieg, Carl Nielsen, Arvo Pärt, Jean Sibelius and more! Plus Seven Songs for Planet Earth, a world premiere commission from leading Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas. Drawing texts from environmentalist and poet Wendell Berry, St. Francis of Assisi, and ancient Sami verse as well as quotes from members of the Children’s Chorus of Washington, this bold new work celebrates man’s relationship with nature in its richness and fragile vulnerability, reminding us all that respect and love for Earth should be seen as a fundamental element of human life.


From Fire Salmer, Opus 74 by Edvard Grieg – Norway

     o No. 1: Hvad est du dog skjøn

     o No. 2: Guds Søn har gjort mig fri

          Mr. Nomura and A cappella Adult Chorus

Fynsk Forår by Carl Nielsen – Denmark

     Ms. Mutchler, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Nomura, Children’s Chorus, Adult Chorus and Orchestra

The Beatitudes by Arvo Pärt – Estonia

     Adult Chorus and Organ

Finlandia-hymni by Jean Sibelius – Finland

     A cappella Adult Chorus



Seven Songs for Planet Earth by Olli Kortekangas (World Premiere Commission) – Finland

     o No. 1: I Go Among Trees (Wendell Berry)

     o No. 2: From the Praise of the Creatures (St. Francis of Assisi)

     o No. 3: Sowing the Seed (Wendell Berry)

     o No. 4: Yoik (Chanting the Landscape)

     o No. 5: We Who Prayed and Wept (Wendell Berry)

     o No. 6: The Beat (quotes from the Children’s Chorus of Washington)

     o No. 7: The Peace of Wild Things (Wendell Berry)

          Ms. Mutchler, Mr. Nomura, Children’s Chorus, Adult Chorus and Orchestra


Norman Scribner, conductor

Children’s Chorus of Washington | Joan Gregoryk, artistic director

Leslie Mutchler, _mezzo-soprano

_"Dustin Lucas":, _tenor

_"Christòpheren Nomura":, baritone

About the Ticket Supplier: Choral Arts Society of Washington

Founded in 1965, The Choral Arts Society of Washington is one of the leading choral organizations in the United States with a symphonic chorus of more than 180 professional-caliber volunteer singers. Under the leadership of its artistic director Scott Tucker the chorus has performed with leading symphony orchestras, sung under the world’s most distinguished conductors, produced acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally.