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.

First up, for the Washington Master Chorale's 10th Anniversary Season opening concert on October 27, 2019, Henry is at work on a brand new choral setting of three poems by James Joyce.

On October 27, 2019, the Washington Master Chorale will present Henry's brand new choral setting of three poems by James Joyce at its 10th Anniversary Season opening concert.

On April 18, 2020, the National Philharmonic at Strathmore premieres The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra. 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 conducts.

On May 8, 2020, the Santa Clara Chorale, in their annual collaboration with the Santa Clara University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, will present the world premiere of Henry’s Kohelet. Commissioned jointly by conductors Scot Hanna-Weir of the Santa Clara Chorale and Thomas Colohan of the Washington Master Chorale, Kohelet is a cantata in five movements for mixed chorus, bass-baritone and soprano solos, 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. 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.

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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2019-2020 Premieres

  • Apr 18
    National Philharmonic at Strathmore: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (World Premiere),  North Bethesda
  • May 8
    Santa Clara Chorale: Kohelet - A Cantata in Five Movements (World Premiere),  Santa Clara

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Premiering in 2020

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: A Rhapsody for
Voice and Orchestra

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Words by T.S. Eliot

A sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was composed especially for Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. Adapted from the famous poem by T. S. Eliot, it uses the melodic and rhythmic contours of Eliot's stream-of-consciousness narrative to dictate mood and melodic character.

World Premiere: April 18, 2020
The National Philharmonic at Strathmore
Piotr Gajewski, Music Director & Conductor

Soparno Solo and Orchestra


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KOHELET: A Cantata in Five Movements 

Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements

Music by Henry Dehlinger

Inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale, Henry'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: May 8, 2020
Santa Clara Chorale and Santa Clara University Choirs, Scot Hanna-Weir, Artistic Director
Thomas Colohan, Conducting

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


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