Spring Concert Events Schedule
Friday, April 26, 3 pm – FREE – Cal Poly State University – H.P. Davidson Music Center, Room 218
Ernest Bloch: A Composer’s Vision
A presentation by Eric Johnson, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus, on Ernest Bloch’s life, music, and photography, and his relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, father of modern photography. Concludes with a performance of Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life, featuring Andrew Davies, cello and Susan Azaret Davies, piano. From Jewish Life is a set of three short pieces written by Bloch in 1924 for the cellist Hans Kindler.
Saturday. April 27, 7-8 pm – FREE – San Luis Obispo Museum of Art – 1010 Broad Street
Ernest Bloch: His Family’s Recollections and Stories Remembered
An informal discussion with Sita Milchev, granddaughter, Lucienne Allen, great-granddaughter, and Eric Johnson about the life and times of Ernest Bloch, especially those years surrounding the composing of Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service). Hosted by Thomas Davies, music director and conductor of the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale. Concludes with a performance of Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life, featuring Andrew Davies, cello and Susan Azaret Davies, piano.
Sunday, April 28, 3 pm – CONCERT – Harold Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center
The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and Orchestra, Thomas Davies, music director and conductor
Ernest Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)
Commissioned by Temple Emanu-El of San Francisco in 1929. Baritone Gregg Haueter sings the role of Cantor. Rabbi Janice Mehring, Congregation Ohr Tzafon, Atascadero, CA, is featured as the Minister.
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Composed in 1965 for an annual music festival involving the combined forces of the English Cathedrals of Winchester, Salisbury, and Chichester, Bernstein’s energetic, dance-like music originates from choruses cut from West Side Story and The Skin of Our Teeth. Corey Hable, countertenor, will be soloist.
An Ernest Bloch photography exhibit will be in the lobby, starting at 2 pm.
LEONARD BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
World Premiere: July 15, 1965, Mixed Chorus / New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Continuing the celebration of his 100th birthday, the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and Master Chorale Orchestra perform Leonard Bernstein’s energetic setting of six different Psalm texts with traces of dance music in the styles of West Side Story and Candide.
ERNEST BLOCH Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)
In 1929, Swiss born American composer Ernest Bloch received a commission which was the impetus for Avodath Hakodesh. The Sacred Service – for baritone, an ample mixed chorus, and orchestra – was completed in 1933. Bloch’s dramatic work is considered a watershed of artistic engagement with the Hebrew liturgy, yet intended to speak to a universal audience.
Glad to see that they are doing this! Go and hear this….. It’s wonderful!
A fabulous performance. Our family really enjoyed the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale. Sweet music to our ears!
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