Songs of Life Festival: A Melancholy Beauty
Henry H. Leck, festival conductor
Indianapolis Children's Choir, Henry H. Leck, director
KHORIKOS Choir, Jesse Peckham, director
Victor Valley College Singers & Master Arts Chorale, Thomas Miller, director
Philip Kutev National Folklore Ensemble, Bulgaria
Accompanied by the world renowned National Philharmonic
Songs of Life announces the World Premiere oratorio, A Melancholy Beauty
, depicting the largest rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. Although the untold story of Bulgaria's heroism has been confined to history books for more than 65 years, we are bringing the event back to life. A Melancholy Beauty
is a major choral-orchestral oratorio that brings 300 superb choristers and instrumentalists to the stage in an unparalleled music celebration which combines classical choral-orchestral music with traditional rhythms and folk styles that are rarely encountered today. This coming together of musicians from around the globe will redefine freedom and harmony through the power of music.
In the first half of the concert, each choir will feature their best selection of a cappella repertoire, and the KHORIKOS Choir will premiere the motet Whosoever Saves a Single Life
by Charles David Osborne. The second half will feature the world premiere of A Melancholy Beauty.
Songs of Life promotion partner: Washington DCJCC's Washington Jewish Music Festival.
Performance Timing: Part One - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 60 min.