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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
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Songs of Life Festival: "A Melancholy Beauty"
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11 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 21 2011

The evening was filled with good vocal music and interesting facts about WWII Bulgaria.

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1 stars
attended Jun 21 2011

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

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Featured Soloists:

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.