Bernstein & Belshazzar
- Kennedy Center Concert Hall 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)
The US meets the UK in Christopher Bell’s debut concert featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and the epic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton.
"I can’t wait to revisit one of my favorite pieces I’ve sung in TWC: Chichester Psalms; I’m excited to see our new Maestro’s interpretation of this extraordinary work. And to add two new (to me) works will make for an incredible choral experience. I love Morten Lauridsen’s lush harmonies, but have never experienced the Mid-Winter Songs, and I’m enthusiastic about performing what promises to be a breathtaking work in Belshazzar’s Feast."
—Kirby Knight, Tenor II
"Belshazzar's Feast is in the canon of choral masterpieces regularly performed in Europe, but is shockingly neglected in the United States. Walton's incorporation of different musical styles, including Strauss's late Romanticism, jazz, and other popular music styles, calls to mind the work of another great composer, Leonard Bernstein."
—Joel Ayau, Accompanist and Education and Outreach Director
"We wanted to start the season of Bernstein's centennial by honoring him with one of the greatest choral works, Chichester Psalms. For audiences that don't know Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, they're in for an incredibly exciting piece of music. I smiled the entire time during my first listen."
—Chase Maggiano, Executive Director
"We're so excited to wow Washington audiences with the debut concert of Artistic Director Christopher Bell. I can't wait to hear the Chorus in full, unbridled power with these works!"
—Emma Moores, Development Director