Saturday, May 14, 2016 7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (“Choral” Symphony)
- Karen Slack, soprano website
- Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano website
- Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor website
- David Kravitz, baritone website
- Colin Lapus│Owen David Lewis, boy soprano
Back Bay Chorale, Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director website
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Some of Bernstein’s most accessible concert music. This vibrant, even jazzy exploration of the roots of the composer’s Jewish heritage is based on the beautiful poetry of The Book of Psalms and merges text sung in Hebrew with Christian choral tradition. Bernstein composed each of the three movements around one complete psalm, with excerpts from a paired psalm. The end result is a contemporary choral work that is bold and brassy as well as contemplative and peaceful.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (“Choral” Symphony)
One of the greatest symphonies of all time. After its booming start, Beethoven is uncharacteristically gentle in this work, and his tender Ode to Joy in the final movement is unforgettable. With its themes of hope for humanity and brotherhood, the Ninth encompasses the greatness that is Beethoven.
A second performance will take place on Sunday, May 15, 3pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Visit bbcboston.org.
Listen to Armand Marchand's interview of David MacKenzie.
They talk about the season finale and the creative life!