Kimmel Center presents Verizon Hall
HOPE: An Oratorio
Jonathan Leshnoff, composer
|Sunday, April 24||3pm||buy tickets!|
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Leah Dexter, Vocal Soloist
David Linx, Soloist
Jessica Rivera, Soloist
Jason Collins, Soloist
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
In a breathtaking new work of art, composer Jonathan Leshnoff celebrates mankind's universal journey�from the throes of abandonment to the revival of hope. Transcending the boundaries of the traditional oratorio form, this epic piece is alternately lyrical and lively, toe-tapping and dramatic. HOPE brings together voices and languages not typically heard together�a classical soprano and tenor, a male jazz singer, and a female vocalist-performance artist�creating exciting new modes of vocal expression. From ethereal writing for children's voices to a climax that will literally shake the rafters as the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ reaches its extreme registers, HOPE embraces people of all spiritual beliefs. Beginning in doubt, moving to a reflective middle passage, and ultimately finding peace, HOPE promises to inspire both fervor and serenity in the listener.
> Listen to Leshnoff discuss the conceptualizing and creation of Hope in an exclusive three-part web series, The Journey
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