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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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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

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