Bernstein Choral Celebration

Sat Nov. 17, 2018, 8pm

Danielle Talamantes, soprano

Brian Cheney, tenor

National Philharmonic Chorale
Strathmore Children’s Chorus
Stan Engebretson, conductor

Selections from
West Side Story

The exuberance, panache, and joyful celebration of life that characterize so much of Bernstein’s musical idiom are in full display in his choral music. Bernstein had an affectionate relationship with the human voice, and in his sacred and secular choral works he infused it with drama, pathos, and unfailing theatricality. The ever-popular Mass, a work that strides the boundaries between the sacred and the secular, is a flamboyant, extravagant work that taps into the collective joy of music making by bringing together choirs, instrumentalists, and dancers in an exhilarating piece of musical theater. The selections include the famous Almighty Father chorale and movements for youth chorus and soloists, such as Simple Song. The whimsical Candide refashions the charm and wit of the traditional operetta for a modern audience. In numbers such as The Best of All Possible Worlds and Make Our Garden Grow, Bernstein presents a picture of life at its most joyful, young, upbeat, and innocent. By contrast, West Side Story presents a rough, no nonsense take on Shakespeare’s Rome and Juliet, with music of enormous vigor, passion, and poignancy as it chronicles the doomed love of two passionate youths. Selections include perennial favorites such as Tonight, One Hand, One Heart, and others.

For Young People!

Participate in the Color the Music Project. More information will be available
in the fall at

Kids age 7-17 are free. Visit or visit/call the
Strathmore Ticket Office 301-581-5100.

Selections from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass

Strathmore Children’s Chorus Participants:
Michael Wu, Director

  • Dara Bletcher
  • Sabina Chairez
  • Gioia D’Arista
  • Gabriella Ruby Davids
  • Mirae Denaro
  • Areg Louis Devoyans
  • Ada Ingram
  • Riya Kadiyala
  • Cheslav Lukashanets
  • Malakkai Nyakundi
  • Alina Siva
  • Hannah Choi
  • Eva Dammann
  • Melina Fotopoulos
  • Savannah Jairrels
  • Nina Lingan
  • Diana Petragnani
  • Trinity Pitts
  • Nate Romanow
  • Sarah Wang
  • Natalie Watson
  • Monica Amery
  • Shivani Hancock
  • Linnea Hultman
  • Dahn Kim
  • Kayla Laws
  • Joelle Lee
  • Joe McFadden
  • Oorja Mishra
  • Esme Pickel
  • Linnea Spear
  • Dylan Studley
  • Miranda Wang
  • Adelaide Wildermuth

Soloist: Monica Amery, 17, a high school senior, has been singing with SCC since 2014. She has studied voice at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gaithersburg and currently solos for local weddings as well as leading the singing each Sunday at her parish church. She is looking forward to further developing her musical abilities in college.

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