National Philharmonic: Bach & Bachianas

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8pm

The Music Center

National Philharmonic:
Bach & Bachianas

Danielle Talamantes, soprano 
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano 
Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor 
Kerry Wilkerson, baritone 

National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for 8 cellos 
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and 8 cellos
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 for chorus 

J.S. Bach   Magnificat

Journey across centuries and cultures in a concert pairing the Baroque master Bach with Heitor Villa-Lobos, who has been described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music." Bach’s setting of the Magnificat, the profoundly beautiful hymn of the Virgin Mary, is one of his most popular vocal works. The Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos composed his nine Bachianas Brasileiras as a tribute to Bach and as an expression of the musical soul of Brazil. Scored for a variety of instruments, these works breathe the exuberance of the tropics, with soaring melodies and energetic rhythms. 

“The luminous shimmer, bright finish and clarion high notes of soprano Danielle Talamantes brought pure sunshine to everything she sang.” - The Washington Post (review of Haydn’s Creation)

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór “almost stole the show as a well-defined and well-sung Suzuki [in Madame Butterfly].” - The Washington Post 

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This concert is not presented by Strathmore.

Danielle Talamantes

Magdalena Wor