Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:30pm
From the cotton fields of the South to the Broadway stage, African American spirituals have served as a cultural touchstone, offering visions of despair, liberation and, ultimately, hope and redemption.
But how did this background music of slavery make the leap to pop culture?
Join us for a Black History Month celebration of African American Spirituals as we explore the legacy of Harry Burleigh, a largely unknown figure who popularized and mainstreamed songs like “Balm in Gilead,” “My Lord What a Mornin” and “Steal Away.”
Following the concert, musicians will join scholars from Georgetown University to discuss the history behind these songs, the origins of jazz and the contemporary implications of white artists embracing black music in a country that remains deeply divided by race.
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Joseph Horowitz, piano
The Washington National Cathedral Choir
150 choristers from the Metropolitan AME Church and area high schools
Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor
Scripted and produced by Joseph Horowitz for PostClassical Ensemble
Visual track by Peter Bogdanoff
Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 4:00pm
Handel's masterwork, complete with Part 1 -The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn, tells of the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land following 400 years in captivity. As Egypt's Pharaoh refused to let Moses and his people so God sends a series of catastrophic events upon the Egyptians the last of which, the slaughter of Egyptian young, finally convinces Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave. A change of heart however, had Pharaoh dispatch his chariots and horsemen to destroy the Israelites as they crossed the desert. Despite the safe passage God had provided Moses and his people, the Israelites became fearful of the advancing Egyptian army regretting their decision to follow Moses. As they reach the Red Sea and seemingly trapped, God instructs Moses to raise his arms. The Red Sea parts in order for the Israelites to cross safely. Once on dry land Moses brings the sea down on top of the advancing Egyptian army, all of whom perish.
Handel's use of choral and orchestral color and texture to paint vivid images of this epic story seem the
composer at his peak of creative genius.
Washington National Cathedral Choir
Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra
Conductor – Michael McCarthy
JOSH COHEN & ACRONYM: FOR WHOM THE TRUMPET TOLLS
Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 7:30pm
Join us for sublime music of the baroque featuring Josh Cohen (baroque trumpet soloist), ACRONYM, and soprano Nola Richardson. Hear gems from the 17th and 18th Century composed by some composers you know (Handel and Vivaldi, for example) and some you may not know – including Poglietti, Pezel, Bertali and Capricornus.
The cathedral’s lofty space is the perfect acoustic for period trumpet and strings, particularly ACRONYM’s extraordinary continuo section. Discover some of Handel's most beautiful writing for trumpet as well as his delicate handling of the trumpet with solo voice. This program includes pieces from England, Germany and Italy, showcasing each country's contribution to the development of solo trumpet composition during the baroque period.
Josh Cohen & Joelle Monroe Trumpet
Nola Richardson Soprano
Concerto for 2 trumpets and strings in D Francesco Manfredini (1684-1762)
Sonata a8 in A minor Samuel Capricornus (1628 - 1665):
Sonata G1 in D for Trumpet and Strings Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)
Cicacona in B-flat major Johann Christoph Pezel (1639 - 1694)
Chaconne for 2 trumpets and strings in C Philip Jacob Rittler (1637-1690)
Eternal Light Source Divine George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
Sonata a8 in A minor Alessandro Poglietti (d. 1683)
Suite in D for Trumpet and Strings George Frederic Handel
Let the Bright Seraphim George Frederic Handel
Sonata a8 in A minor Antonio Bertali (1605 – 1669)
Concerto for 2 trumpets in C (8 minutes) Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Edwin Huizinga, Johanna Novom, Adriane Post, Beth Wenstrom; violin
Kyle Miller, Karina Schmitz; viola
Loren Ludwig; viola da gamba
Kivie Cahn-Lipman; viola da gamba and lirone
Paul Dwyer; violoncello
Doug Balliett; violone
Simon Martyn-Ellis; theorbo and guitar
Elliot Figg; harpsichord and organ