Choral Arts Society's Northern Lights, Choral Illuminations from Scandinavia and Beyond
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The last date listed for Choral Arts Society: Northern Lights was Sunday May 22, 2011 / 5:00pm.
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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
Quotes & Highlights
- 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 founder and artistic director Norman Scribner the chorus has performed with leading symphony orchestras, sung under the world's most distinguished conductors, produced acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally.