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Voices of Ascension - Bloch Sacred Service & Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Church of The Ascension
New York, NY
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Voices of Ascension - Bloch Sacred Service & Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:00pm
Church of the Ascension
5th Avenue at 10th Street

featuring baritone Zachary Nelson, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera

Commissioned in 1965 by the Cathedral at Chichester, England, for its annual choral festival, American composer Leonard Bernstein described his Chichester Psalms as popular in feeling, with sweetness along with more violent moments. Despite its brevity, the work possesses considerable scope, journeying through extroverted joy, prayer, anxiety, the warring of nations, and, with the last phrases of music, peace. And, while it is a setting of sacred Hebrew psalms, the Bernstein of West Side Story is unmistakably present.

Ernest Blochs 1934 Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) constitutes a milestone in the history of liturgical music: Sacred Service is the only composition on a large scale written for Jewish worship by a major composer. Built upon the text for the Sabbath Morning Service, its inspiration emerges from the human spirit, and as was Blochs hope, it transcends and embraces all humanity. Singing the central cantorial solo will be the brilliant young American baritone, Zachary Nelson.

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Church of The Ascension (View)
5th Avenue at 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States


Music > Choral
Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 8
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra
On BPT Since: Jul 05, 2012
Amanda K Phillips

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