Music+Prose with National Philharmonic


SAT, APRIL 18 @ 8pm
Meet the composers 6:45-7:30pm

Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Zuill Bailey, cello (three-time Grammy winner)
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Samuel Barber Overture to The School for Scandal
Henry Dehlinger The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
A Rhapsody for Voice and Orchestra
 (orchestral premiere)
Alistair Coleman Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere)
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway

Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic are joined by cellist Zuill Bailey and soprano Danielle Talamantes in this very special evening celebrating composers and authors who influenced them.

Zuill Bailey performs Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway. Donald Rosenberg of Gramophone says, “Daugherty sends the cello soaring and singing with the orchestra as he summons key moments in the Hemingway books. The solo writing calls for an artist of eloquent persuasion, and Zuill Bailey more than meets the score’s demands with playing that combines fervour and poetry.”

Danielle Talamantes performs Henry Dehlinger’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, A Rhapsody for Voice and Orchestra. Composed specifically for Talamentes, Dehlinger has said “The ending is calibrated to Danielle’s vocal genius. Brass, percussion, and celesta enter, intensifying the rich orchestral palette.”

Also on the program is a newly commissioned work from National Philharmonic’s Composer in Residence, Alistair Coleman. His Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,“Of Awakenings”, is based on the book by Oliver Sacks.
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Missa Solemis performed by National Philharmonic


SAT, MAY 30 @ 8pm
Pre-concert lecture 6:45pm

Esther Heideman, soprano
Shirin Eskandani, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kerry Wilkerson, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Our season concludes on May 30 with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. A critic wrote, “To those for whom Beethoven’s music is an important reason for living, the Missa Solemnis belongs at the center of their experience – a work to respect, certainly, but still more to love.” Piotr Gajewski leads the orchestra and chorale along with soloists Esther Heideman, soprano; Shirin Eskandani, mezzo-soprano; Norman Shankle, tenor; and Kerry Wilkerson, baritone, in what Beethoven regarded as his greatest work.

Sponsored by Martha Newman
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