In Songfest, Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant and radically inclusive portrait of the United States at its bicentennial, six powerhouse voices interpret four centuries of American poetry. Veering from opera to jazz to Broadway to modernist techniques, Bernstein offers an irrepressible optimist’s vision of eclectic, raucous unity.
Haydn poured a lifetime’s worth of inspiration and innovation into The Creation, a masterpiece of biblical proportions. The effervescent orchestral music displays the confidence Haydn earned after composing more than a hundred symphonies and the jubilant vocal solos draw on his oft-forgotten talents as an opera composer.
Thomas Dausgaard shares the music of his fellow countryman, Danish composer Bent Sørensen, whose shimmering works have been compared with the paintings of Georges Seurat. Sørensen is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
Come with us on a journey through Scandinavia with our friend Peer Gynt! Made popular by Looney Tunes and The Simpsons, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite transports you to the lush vastness of Scandinavia with popular tunes like Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King. Our journey ends in Finland where we’ll need your help to perform Sibelius’ expansive Finlandia. Are you up for the journey? Let’s go!