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The Apollo Orchestra presents The Faure Requiem

The Apollo Orchestra, together with Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists: Sopranos, Leah Hawkins and Madison Leonard; and Baritone, Michael Hewitt.

Sunday,25 March, 2018 at 4pm
5607 Massachusetts Ave.  Bethesda, MD  20816


Spring is the time of renewal, and The Apollo Orchestra is pleased to present of concert of music that is both deeply contemplative, and serenely hopeful.

Opening the concert will be the “Prelude and Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal, the final realization of Richard Wagner’s conception of a total synthesis of Music, Art, and Philosophy.

Next The Orchestra will share the profoundly beautiful “Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss, featuring soprano Leah Hawkins, one of this year’s WNO/Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. Like Parsifal, the Four Last Songs were written late in Strauss’ life. They harken back to a simpler melodic and harmonic style, reminiscent of “Death and Transfiguration.” In fact there is a musical quote from Tod und Verklarung (written 60! years earlier) in the final song.

Leah Hawkins

Leah Hawkins

After intermission The Apollo Orchestra will be joined by the choirs of Little Flower along with vocal soloists from the WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, for a performance of Gabriel Faure’s wonderful Requiem Op. 48. Breaking from the past, Faure changes the traditional order of the Mass– omitting certain sections of the liturgy, as well as adding new material–all in an effort to present his personal conviction about a future filled with hope, happiness, and optimism.

RICHARD WAGNER: Prelude and Good Friday Spell from Parsifal
                          Leah Hawkins, Soprano
GABRIEL FAURE: Requiem Op.48
                     Madison Leonard, Soprano-Michael Hewitt, Baritone
                     Little Flower Choir-Terry Eberhardt, Director 
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All Apollo concerts are made possible by the vision and generosity of the Downing Family Foundation.










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The Apollo Orchestra provides a platform for the Washington D.C. area’s finest young professional musicians. Many recently graduated from major music schools and conservatories from the metropolitan area, the nation, and from around the world. They join forces with exciting accomplished opera singers and vibrant instrumental soloists, many in the early stages of their international professional careers. The Apollo Orchestra offers dynamic interpretations of the major orchestral, opera, and concerto repertoire, as well as underperformed gems of all eras.
The Apollo Orchestra’s vision to bring a unique, educational, up-close live musical experience for our audiences and communities, through the magic of our symphony orchestra, at easy to access, informal venues is realized through our concerts and meet- the-artists receptions, which are FREE, and open to the public. The Apollo Orchestra is generously funded entirely by The Downing Family Foundation, which allows us to maintain our free admission policy in hopes of drawing the widest possible audience.

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