ELLINGTON’S SACRED MUSIC - Shining the spotlight on Duke Ellington’s sacred works, some of the most ambitious and heartfelt music of his storied career, this program features legendary works performed by hundreds of student singers and instrumentalists from New York City and some of today’s brightest jazz soloists.
BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA – A world of nostalgia and reflection on mortality is encapsulated in the music of George Butterworth, who died in action in 1916.
His orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad invites us to embrace life in its inevitable brevity.
Music by Debussy and Ravel pays homage to those who died in the Great War, and American soprano Nicole Cabell joins the orchestra for Barber’s wistful depiction of Tennessee summers gone by.
CHARLES DUTOIT CONDUCTS POULENC AND RAVEL – This concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, shows two of the most important choral works of two French composers: Poulenc’s Gloria and Ravel Daphnis et Chloé. The maestro Charles Dutoit, authentic French music specialist, direct the hearts of the house to bring the public to the world of sound of these great composers.
NICOLE CABELL AND RICKY IAN GORDON: “SILVER RAIN”
“Silver Rain, a collection of twenty-one songs by Ricky Ian Gordon with texts by African–American poet Langston Hughes, is Nicole Cabell’s second solo album, following her 2007 recital of opera arias on Decca. This new release on the Blue Griffin label shows Cabell in a different light from that first outing, with the soprano’s tone intrinsically exquisite and possessing depth, shimmer and a rich-hued dusky quality that thrills the ear and stirs the heart.”
— Opera News