National Philharmonic Announces 2019-20 Season

THE NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC AT STRATHMORE
You don't need to wait any longer. The National Philharmonic today announced its new 2019-20 season, led by Maestro Piotr Gajewski, and on April 18, 2020 it will showcase the eagerly-anticipated world premiere of Henry’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Henry's sweeping rhapsody for voice and orchestra was entirely underwritten by new music fans and individual donors. Adapted from the poem by T.S. Eliot, Henry composed it especially for Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. It is part of a concert program called “Music+Prose,” which will explore the connection between music and the written word.

Three World and Local Premieres

THE WASHINGTON MASTER CHORALE, THOMAS COLOHAN CONDUCTING
With three world and local premieres for his recently-commissioned concert works, Henry Dehlinger looks forward to a remarkable 2019-20 season. Making its world premiere on October 27, 2019 is Kohelet. Commissioned jointly by conductors Thomas Colohan of the Washington Master Chorale and Scot Hanna-Weir of the Santa Clara Chorale, Kohelet is a cantata in five movements for mixed chorus, bass-baritone solo, soprano solo, and instrumental forces that feature organ, harp, percussion and brass. Bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson and Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, for whose voices the composer penned the solo parts, will be featured soloists at the Washington Master Chorale’s season-opening concert in Washington, DC.

Henry Dehlinger looks forward to 2018

PHOTO CREDIT: MONA BOTWICK
As 2018 approaches, Henry Dehlinger is back at work on a brand-new cantata for soprano, bass-baritone, mixed choir, and orchestra. Dehlinger’s Kohelet, which means “Teacher” or “Preacher” in Hebrew, is based on the Hebrew text from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Conceived by the composer as a companion piece to Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, it is being written for a Washington, DC choral group. Looking back at 2017, Dehlinger’s creative output included: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a sweeping rhapsody for voice and orchestra with text by T. S. Eliot; A Dream, set to a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, which Dehlinger composed for his friend and celebrated United States Army Chorus bass-baritone, MSG Kerry Wilkerson; Fragrance, with lyrics by Mark Riddles; and Requiescat: A “Wilde" Stride for Soprano and Piano, a classical-blues crossover set to a poem by Oscar Wilde...

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KOHELET: A Cantata in Five Movements


Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements (2019)

Music by Henry Dehlinger

Conceived in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale, Henry Dehlinger's Kohelet gives you lush, modal melodies, energetic meters, and colorful harmonic textures with Hebrew text drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

World Premiere: October 27, 2019
Washington Master Chorale
Thomas Colohan, Artistic Director

Instrumentation
SATB, Bass-Baritone Solo, Soprano Solo, Organ, Harp, Percussion, Timpani and Brass.

 

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  • Apr 18
    National Philharmonic at Strathmore,  North Bethesda