A Melancholy Beauty by Songs of Life: A World-Premiere Oratorio and Choral Performance
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Maestro Christopher Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to composer Richard Strauss with a performance of his 1888 tone poem Don Juan, as well as excerpts from the modernist operas, 1908's Elektra and 1905's hit Salome, based on Oscar Wilde's play. Making her NSO debut is Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, who impressed critics and audiences alike with her roles in Wagner at the Met. Bass-baritone John Relyea's also appeared at the Met, along with the San Francisco, Seattle, Paris and Munich State Operas, among others. Learn More
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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.