The Collegiate Chorale Presents:
Moses – by Max Bruch, at Carnegie Hall
Produced by American Symphony Orchestra
March 27, 2014 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall; tickets $25-$50
American Symphony Orchestra will feature the full strength of The Collegiate Chorale in their presentation of Max Bruch’s choral masterpiece and biblical oratorio Moses this March. Max Bruch, best known for his Kol Nidre and famous violin concerto, was also a master of the oratorio. The ASO revived his setting of Homer’s Odyssey in 1995, and now turns to his other choral masterpiece, a biblical oratorio that puts into music the dramatic story of the most enduring figure of the Old Testament. Picking up where Handel’s Israel in Egypt leaves off, Moses takes us from the events at Mount Sinai, to Moses’ conflict with the Israelites, to his death on the eve of his people’s arrival in the promised land of Canaan. Leon Botstein will conduct.
The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of music that features choral singing. Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today’s most exciting creative artists. The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include: Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. Last season’s highlights included the critically acclaimed concert presentation of Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, NY premieres of works by Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov, and a performance of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero with the NY Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert. In addition to The Chorale’s presentations, the chorus performed in three programs during the American Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-13 season, and returned for a sixth time to sing at the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival in the summer of 2013.
For more information about these concerts and The Collegiate Chorale, visit www.collegiatechorale.org. For information on the Fall Gala, please visit http://collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events.