Mendelssohn's Lobgesang
Mendelssohn's Lobgesang

Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang”

March 2 – 5, 2023

Thursday
March 02, 2023
7:30pm

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Friday
March 03, 2023
7:30pm

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Sunday
March 05, 2023
3:00pm

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PAUL MCCREESH conducts
SUSANNA PHILLIPS soprano
SARI GRUBER soprano
NICHOLAS PHAN tenor
DALLAS SYMPHONY CHORUS

PARRY Blest Pair of Sirens
MENDELSSOHN Lobgesang (A Symphony Cantata)

Paul McCreesh joins the DSO to conduct a grand spiritual concert including vocal soloists, the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Lay Family Organ. Also known as his Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn described the work as a “symphonic cantata.” Bearing a superficial similarity to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, it begins with three instrumental movements although on a much smaller scale and closes with a cantata-like structure for chorus, solo voices and orchestra.

Blest Pair of Sirens is a short work for choir and orchestra by English composer Hubert Parry, who was commissioned to compose a piece for the Bach Choir of London to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The Glories of our Blood and State was to be used, but subsequently scrapped possibly due to lines including “Sceptre and crown must tumble down” not being the most suitable for the event.

Parry then decided to set Milton’s At a Solemn Music garnering immediate success and eventually being recognized as an outstanding English choral work.

Program features the Lay Family Concert Organ.

NOTE: This performance will be performed without intermission.

Paul McCreesh

Conductor

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Susanna Phillips

Susanna Phillips

Soprano

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Sari Gruber

Sari Gruber

Soprano

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Nicholas Phan

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

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DSO Chorus

Dallas Symphony Chorus

Chorus

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