The Haunting Wonder of CreationSunday, May 3, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
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From the wonder of creation, to the heart-ache of loss, to the deep peace that derives from the honest acceptance of our mortality, Artistic Director Scott Tucker brings a sense of timelessness to the concert hall in a program that takes listeners on a journey from the beginning to the end. The sound-painting depicting acts of creation in Copland’s In the Beginning and the innocence and wonder of youth felt in Corigliano’s Fern Hill are contrasted by the grief-stricken wanderings for lost love in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody. The program concludes with Schumann’s hauntingly beautiful and neglected Requiem, Op. 148. Schumann once said “One writes a requiem for oneself.” Tragically, Schumann completed this requiem after committing himself to the asylum where he would spend the remainder of his life. His requiem story is an eerie parallel to Mozart’s who also believed he was writing a requiem for his own funeral.
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop brings her commanding yet intimate voice to In the Beginning and Alto Rhapsody. A quartet of accomplished soloists including Katie Baughman, Hillary Grobe, Matthew Hill, and Matthew Scollin are featured in Schumann’s Requiem.
Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Robert Schumann: Requiem, Op. 148
John Corigliano: Fern Hill
Aaron Copland: In the Beginning
Scott Tucker, conductor
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Katie Baughman, soprano
Hillary Grobe, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Hill, tenor
Matthew Scollin, bass-baritone
Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra
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This performance is generously supported by Suzanne S. Brock and Anne B. Keiser.
- Choral Arts Executive Director, Tad Czyzewski, recommends this recording of the Schumann Requiem Robert Schumann - Requiem(1852)(with full score)
The Choral Arts Society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its 2019-2020 Season Sponsors:
The Choral Arts Society of Washington appreciates the on-going support of: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program & the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts National Endowment for the Arts.