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