A Melancholy Beauty by Songs of Life: A World-Premiere Oratorio and Choral Performance
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The National Symphony Orchestra's latest innovative program, NEW MOVES: symphony + dance, kicks off with a concert featuring the combined talents of the NSO and dancers from KEIGWIN + COMPANY. On the bill will be selections from Leonard Bernstein's On the Town and On the Waterfront, with new choreography by Larry Keigwin. The orchestra will also showcase William Schuman's New England Triptych, the 1956 three-part series of tone poems. Finally, Sue Heineman, the NSO's principal bassoonist, will be featured on Marc Neikrug's Bassoon Concerto. 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.