A Melancholy Beauty by Songs of Life: A World-Premiere Oratorio and Choral Performance
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The last date listed for Songs of Life Festival: A Melancholy Beauty was Tuesday June 21, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Fantasy & Fate seems like a broad enough title for the latest National Symphony Orchestra concert under guest conductor Juraj Valcuha. But the name strains to encapsulate the embarrassment of riches the Kennedy Center concert offers, namely a sophisticated and witty Stravinsky suite; the NSO debut of an exciting violin virtuosa; and a Tchaikovsky symphony so dramatic "i … More
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The Oratorio was commissioned to celebrate the king and people of Bulgaria who bravely saved the lives of all 49 000 Jewish citizens during the Holocaust. 300 people on stage: singers from four choruses (3 American and the Woman's one from the...continued
Charles David Osborne, internationally renowned cantor and composer
Neli Atanasova Andreeva, Bulgarian-born soprano
David Kravitz, celebrated baritone
A Melancholy Beauty is a major choral-orchestral work that brings 300 superb choristers and instrumentalists to the stage, depicting the heroic rescue of 49,000 Jews during the Holocaust. This exciting Oratorio combines classical symphonic music with folk styles and rhythms in an unprecedented way – it is one of a kind!
Presented by Songs of Life, the oratorio was composed by the award-winning Bulgarian composer Georgi Andreev, and traces the events chronologically through the language of music in seven movements. This moving oratorio will be conducted by internationally acclaimed choral director Maestro Henry H. Leck.
In the first half of the concert, each choir will feature their best selection of a cappella repertoire, and the KHORIKOS Choir will premiere the motet Whosoever Saves a Single Life by Charles David Osborne. The second half will feature the world premiere of A Melancholy Beauty.
Songs of Life promotion partner: Washington DCJCC’s Washington Jewish Music Festival.