Three World and Local Premieres

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.

Conceived in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Kohelet combines lush, modal melodies, energetic meters, and colorful harmonic textures with Hebrew text drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs and offers an ecumenical blend of Hebrew antiphonal singing and Christian choral tradition. The Santa Clara Chorale, combined with the SCU Concert Choir, will present the west coast premiere on May 8, 2020 at Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the campus of Santa Clara University (SCU), the composer’s alma mater, in Santa Clara, CA.

Making its world premiere on April 18, 2020 at the National Philharmonic at Strathmore is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra that suggests the symphonic American vernacular of composers like Howard Hanson, Roy Harris and Samuel Barber. Adapted from the poem by T. S. Eliot and composed especially for soprano Danielle Talamantes, it uses the melodic and rhythmic contours of Eliot's stream-of-consciousness narrative to dictate mood and melodic character. Maestro Piotr Gajewski will conduct the premiere.

About the Washington Master Chorale
The Washington Master Chorale is a vibrant, sixty-voice professional and volunteer chorus with a reputation for vocal excellence and discriminating concert programing. Since its debut concert in 2010 under the baton of Artistic Director Thomas Colohan, the Chorale’s performances have received repeated critical acclaim.  The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s singing as “remarkable for its beauty,” “seamlessly blended,” and “a sound worth hearing.” Equally at home singing the work of both American and European masters, the Chorale is noted for its innovative presentation of choral works within the context of their culture and time.  The group focuses on choral repertoire from the 19th century onward with an emphasis on music of the 20th and 21st centuries.  The Chorale is also dedicated to the expansion of the choral canon and maintains that commitment through its annual commissioning of new choral works by leading American composers.

About the Santa Clara Chorale
Since 1962, the Santa Clara Chorale has provided singers and audiences alike the opportunity to experience great choral music. Members and audiences have been introduced to the classical choral music of Beethoven and Mozart, the challenging contemporary music of Eric Whitacre and Libby Larsen, and the diversity of traditions in jazz, spirituals, gospel, Broadway, popular music, and world music. Local collaborations have included performing with jazz greats like David Brubeck and Vince Guaraldi, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and regular orchestral collaborations with the Jubilate Orchestra, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir leads the Santa Clara Chorale as their artistic director and is also director of choral activities at Santa Clara University where he oversees the choral program, directs the SCU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and teaches other courses within the music department.

About the National Philharmonic
The National Philharmonic is known for performances the Washington Post characterizes as “powerful,” “impeccable” and “thrilling.” In July 2003, the National Chamber Orchestra and Masterworks Chorus merged to create the National Philharmonic, an ensemble with more than 50 years of combined history, bringing high caliber musical performances to the Washington area. As the Music Center at Strathmore’s orchestra-in-residence, the National Philharmonic showcases world-renowned guest artists and time-honored symphonic masterpieces conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski, with additional conducting by Associate Conductor Victoria Gau, and choral masterworks under National Philharmonic Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson.

About Henry Dehlinger
Hailed by Gramophone Magazine for his “vibrantly colorful palette” and “exquisite piano-playing,” Henry Dehlinger is active as a composer of contemporary vocal, choral and orchestral music notable for its stylistic diversity, soaring melodies and complex harmonic idioms. His compositions express a modern, yet tonal American aesthetic that synthesizes classical and vernacular elements. He renders strong, unique themes and leitmotifs from a palette of diverse musical styles and genres that reflect the text he is setting and emotional responses he means to elicit. These rich musical fragments are then woven into meaningful—and often dramatic—aural experiences. Audiophile Audition characterizes his output as “stunningly superb” and "formidably essential listening!"

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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

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


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