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National Philharmonic: Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastian
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore

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Stan Engebretson, conductor
Audrey Elizabeth Luna, soprano
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Linda Maguire, mezzo-soprano
Eliot Pfanstiehl, narrator

Reviewers have praised the sheer beauty of The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, with its evocation of ecstasy and mysticism. Describing his intentions with this piece, Debussy wrote, "When in the last act, the Saint mounts to paradise, I think I set down what I felt at the thought of soaring to the heavens!" The piece debuted in Paris in 1912 to great critical acclaim and packed houses. The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale are honored to perform the Washington-area premiere of this rare, beautiful and too-long neglected work.

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

The National Philharmonic celebrates the music of Claude Debussy in this festival marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important French composers. Debussy's works, like those of Impressionist painters, emphasize light and color and display the influence of the Symbolist poets' visionary images. The festival includes performances of Debussy's most popular orchestral, chamber and keyboard works as well as a Washington-area premiere of his magnificent large choral work, The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian.

ALL Kids, ALL Free, ALL the Time
Young people age 7-17 attend all National Philharmonic concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore free of charge, making it easy for families to go to concerts together and for young adults to attend a live classical music performance with friends. KIDS FREE tickets may be obtained IN PERSON at the Strathmore Ticket Office or BY PHONE at (301) 581-5100.

PLEASE NOTE: KIDS FREE tickets cannot be ordered online. Refunds will not be issued for tickets purchased online for children ages 7-17.

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