Friday, April 24, 2015

Bach Choir Brings King David To Life



There are few Biblical stories which offer the dramatic possibilities of the story of Saul
and David. Author René Morax turned to that story for his epic play Le Roi David, and
commissioned a young and relatively unknown Arthur Honegger to provide the
incidental music. Honegger responded with a remarkable score which matched the
dramatic sweep and energy of the story and firmly established Honegger’s reputation as
a composer. The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas,
brings performances of this drama to the public later this month.

 Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a
narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from
Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm,
also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama.

 Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”,
musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the
dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor.

About this production of King David, Maestro Douglas says:  “The Bach Choir is excited to present this dramatic work to our audiences. As a member of the group of French composers known as “Les Six”, Honegger was experimenting with new musical genres like jazz, and melding
that with styles such as Gregorian style chant. Including a Narrator and the
Witch of Endor add both excitement and clarity to this terrific piece.”
Performances will be at St. Nicholas Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge St. Pittsburgh, PA
15213 on Saturday, April 25th @ 8:00 pm and on Sunday, April 26th @ 4:00 pm.

 King David concert information:
Who: The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
What: King David or Arthur Honegger
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
 Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Where: St. Nicholas Cathedral
419 S. Dithridge Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Tickets are available in advance at Showclix or at 1-888-718-4253
And at the door on the day of performance.
Prices range from $9.95-$30.00
More info at www.BachChoirPittsburgh.org

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