Upcoming Philharmonic Concerts:
March 29, The George Washington Masonic National Memorial (VA) at 3 pm
April 12, The Church of the Epiphany (DC) at 3 pm
Music Director James' comments: Washington DC composer Paul Leavitt is a rising star in the world of composers. His deeply expressive and moving Requiem has received acclaimed performances in New York and Paris, as well as here in Washington. Barber's cello concerto, lyrical and invigorating, requires a virtuoso soloist due to its extreme difficulty. We are fortunate to have critically acclaimed cellist Stephen Framil perform with us. Another concert not to miss!
About Paul Leavitt and Requiem:
Cecelia Porter, contributing critic for the Washington Post
"Paul Leavitt’s Requiem...should belong in every chorus’s repertoire."
"...deeply expressive and skillfully written."
"...steeped in rich contrapuntal texture...ethereal serenity."
A versatile musician and composer, Mr. Leavitt performs regularly in Europe and in the United States as a classical pianist, concert organist and choral conductor. Leavitt is the full-time Director of Music and Arts at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
About Samuel Barber Cello Concerto, op. 22 and cellist Stephen Framil:
"Stephen Framil's business card should read 'Have Cello, Will Travel.' A virtual ambassador for his instrument, this eminent concert soloist has appeared with symphony and chamber orchestras worldwide, from India to the Philippines, from Volgograd to Hanoi (where he was the first American ’cellist to perform since the Vietnam War), and from New York’s Carnegie Weill Hall to the renowned Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Hungary." SAN FRANCISCO OLD FIRST CONCERTS
Barber's richly romantic work is alternately lyrical and energetic in the first movement, eloquent and melancholy in the second, and full of drama in the passionate third movement.
Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
3:30 PM, Sunday, March 22, 2015: WMYO, Greenspring Village Chapel, Springfield, VA
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