The Washington Chorus 50th Anniversary Concert: Mostly Mahler
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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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This was a wonderful event and a great way to cap the end of the Washington Chorus' 50th year. The Chorus was sublime! The soloists were wonderful! An ~20 min synopsis of Carl Maria von Weber's comedic opera, Die Drei Pintos, which Mahler had completed and re-orchestrated was a terrific idea, lightening the mood to take us into the intermission. Closing with the finale from Mahler's 2nd ("Resurrection") symphony made for a very powerful and moving conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable and inspired performance.
In this 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, The Washington Chorus marks the recent major Mahler anniversaries – 150 years since his birth and 100 years since his death.
Evelyn Lear, narrator
Colleen Daly, soprano
Karen Foster, soprano
Othalie Graham, soprano
Shannon Magee, mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Roderer, mezzo-soprano
Jeffrey Springer, tenor
Pawel Izdebski, bass
Jason Stearns, bass
Children from the Washington National Cathedral, Michael McCarthy, Director
Vocal Soloists provided by the Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program from the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C.
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 – Veni Creator Spiritus
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder No. 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 – Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck Bimm Bamm
Weber: Die drei Pintos: Act III Finale (Mahler completion)
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied – First movement Waldmärchen Forest Legend (Original 1879 version)
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 Resurrection Finale
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.