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PSALMUS HUNGARICUS | A classic masterpiece by Zoltán Kodály

Classical music concert

November 11, 2018 | 5 PM
David H. Koch Theater, Promenade
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Experience a classic masterpiece of Zoltán Kodály at the promenade of David H. Koch Theater on November 11, 5 PM.

Zoltán Kodály is a household name amongst New York’s classical music enthusiasts. Founder of the innovative Kodály-method to teach children music, one of the greatest Hungarian composers, Kodály composed Psalmus Hungaricus for the unification of Buda and Pest. The piece premiered 95 years ago, November 19, 1923, and had been performed in New York until 1968. With 40 musicians, a 30-member choir, a tenor soloist from the Hungarian State Opera, and conducted by Dr. Bálint Karosi from St. Peter's Church, this masterpiece will be a memorable closing for the two-week long High Note Hungary Cultural Festival.

The concert also features the American premiere of Bálint Karosi’s Erkel Overture, commissioned by the Hungarian State Opera for its annual New Year’s Gala Concert in 2017. The work uses the tune for the Hungarian National Anthem by Ferenc Erkel (composer of Bánk Bán) in a contemporary American symphonic language. A rare gem in the program is Franz Liszt’s La Légende de Sainte Cécile (Legend of St Cecilia) for Mezzo-Soprano, choir and orchestra. The Hungarian-born Liszt is mostly known for his virtuosic pieces for piano, symphonic poems and transcriptions, but not for his full-length oratorios such as Christus and his Legend of Saint Elisabeth. The Legend of St Cecilia is a smaller-scale oratorio, in which the mature Liszt is concerned foremost with expressive and subtle vocal writing in a hauntingly beautiful setting of Emile de Girardin’s French poem of the same name.

The event is free but due to limited seating, registration is required. Register today on Eventbrite.

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