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National Men's Chorus presents: A Concert of Opera and Musical Theater

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:30 PM

The National Men's Chorus makes its third appearance in the Terrace Theater with a program of opera choruses and musical theater selections from operettas.

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National Men's Chorus
Thomas Beveridge, founder & artistic director
Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Thomas Beveridge directs the National Men's Chorus in a concert of opera choruses and operetta selections, which also features the internationally acclaimed pianist Thomas Pandolfi. Well-known opera choruses for male voices include those from Mozart's The Magic Flute; Beethoven's Fidelio; Wagner's The Flying Dutchman and Tannhãuser (the "Pilgrims' Chrous" with a special piano arrangement by Franz Liszt); Verdi's ErnaniI Due Foscari, and Macbeth; and the "Soldiers' Chorus" from Gounod's Faust. Musical theater selections are from operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan, Victor Herbert, and Sigmund Romberg. In observance of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Pandolfi will play his own rhapsody on themes from West Side Story. 

Now in its 18th year, the National Men' Chorus was widely praised by the late Joseph McLellan, longtime music critic for the Washington Post: "... the chorus sang with firm, burnished, superbly blended tone and a clear precise diction that any professional opera chorus might envy."

Performance Timing: Part One - 50 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 50 min.