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Apr22

City Choir of Washington presents Handel Laudate pueri dominum and the Charpentier Te Deum

The National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Our final concert will be a spectacular tribute to Maestro Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in Washington, DC. The program features the world premiere performance of a fascinating setting of the Magnificat by the young American composer, Brian Bartoldus. Mr. Bartoldus’ setting strives “to do deep dives into the many intense emotions and thoughts surrounding the life-changing experience of having a child. While the orchestra and the structure are Baroque, its harmonic language is more contemporary, with a nod to late 20th century composers James MacMillan and Alfred Schnittke.” Opening the concert will be the youthful and exuberant Laudate pueri dominum by Handel, composed when he was only 22! The program concludes by transporting you to the shimmering court of Louis XIV with the thrilling and justly famous Te Deum of Marc Antoine Charpentier.

Apr26

Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs present Poulenc's Gloria

Gammage Auditorium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Under the baton of Jeffrey Meyer, the ASUSO is joined by ASU’s combined choirs in Poulenc’s exuberant Gloria featuring guest soprano Danielle Talamantes. The second half concludes the 2017-18 season with Mahler’s revolutionary and triumphant first symphony.

May5

Symphony of NW Arkansas presents Puccini's La Bohème

Walton Arts Center, Fayeteville, Arkansas

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas was founded in 1954 and has provided over 60 years of musical performances and educational opportunities. Under the musical direction of Paul Haas, SoNA presents classical and pops performances for symphonic music lovers in Northwest Arkansas, and is a resident company of Walton Arts Center. Enjoy Act I of the beloved opera La Bohème by Puccini.

May12

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra 60th Anniversary Celebration

George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax, VA

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor Danielle Talamantes, soprano Carl Tanner, tenor with the Fairfax Choral Society and Music & Arts Chorus PROGRAM Celebrate the FSO’s 60th Anniversary with beloved arias and duets with soprano Danielle Talamantes and tenor Carl Tanner. From the majesty of Aida to the tenderness of La Boheme and the unabated romance of Turandot’s Nessun Dorma, experience an unforgettable evening filled with soaring melodies and tender duets from Verdi, Puccini, and Bernstein.

Jun9

Close Encounters with Music presents-GALA Lenny at 100

Maihaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

Acknowledged as possibly the greatest conductor the U.S. has ever produced, Leonard Bernstein was dashing, brilliant and eloquent; a dazzling pianist, lecturer and cultural figure who redefined the word “charisma.” Equally at home on the concert stage and Broadway, when summer came, he headed to the Berkshires, where important friendships were forged with Aaron Copland, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss, and other legendary musicians. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we present a musical portrait of a versatile career, with his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed—Mahler (Bernstein held a Mahler Festival to mark the centenary of that composer’s birth!) Sondheim and Ives; selections from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Foss’s cowboy piece Capriccio, and Copland’s El Salón México. A delightful romp through the music scene circa 1950 as barriers began to come down among genres. Glitter and be gay and experience the Bernstein phenomenon! Michael Chertock, piano; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Kerry Wilkerson, baritone; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello