Bernstein's Songfest

American Bicentennial Celebration of 13 Poets Set as a Song Cycle

Alexander Platt, Arranger and Conductor
Ensemble Dal Niente
Singers from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
Actors from Writers' Theatre

Martin Theatre
Thursday, July 04, 2013
1:00 PM
Gates Open
2:00 PM
Concert Start

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Reserved $60/$40
Lawn $10


Program to include works by Carter, as well as:
Bernstein/arr. Osborne and Platt: Songfest (world premiere)

Program Notes

This Fourth of July celebrate a wholly American program with Ravinia! Modern-day classical icon Leonard Bernstein began sketching a song cycle based on the works of 13 American poets for the Bicentennial, though the work wasn’t completed and premiered until the following year. The result was Songfest, a 12-piece work for six vocalists and orchestra, which the composer himself conducted in its entirety at Ravinia with the National Symphony Orchestra back in 1985.