Friday, May 12, 2017
Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM
Concert at 8 PM
(Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
$29 / $39 / $54
Edward Elgar – The Apostles
Leon Botstein, conductor
The Blessed Virgin / The Angel: Jennifer Check, soprano
Mary Magdalene: Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
St. John: Paul McNamara, tenor
St. Peter: Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone
Judas: Alfred Walker, bass-baritone
Jesus: Adrian Rosas, bass-baritone
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, director
All artists subject to change.
Religion and Music in England at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
notes by Leon Botstein
Elgar’s The Apostles
notes by Byron Adams
England’s greatest composer since Purcell wrote a magnificent but rarely-heard setting of the New Testament. Elgar’s The Apostles follows the story of the Twelve through the Resurrection. On a par with his previous choral work, The Dream of Gerontius, this oratorio is at once sublime and heartbreakingly human.
Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.This concert is supported in part by The Elgar Society.