Few musicians in history can claim the global notoriety achieved by Leonard Bernstein – from West Side Story in the ‘50s, the many broadcasts of the Young People’s Concerts, and his life-long associations with the world’s great orchestras – Leonard Bernstein was the cultural emblem of a time and spirit. Fifty years ago, amidst his presence with those marching in Selma, Bernstein penned his tuneful and joyful Chichester Psalms, a musical affirmation of tonality and lyricism. In the 21st century, and perhaps in the same spirit, few American composers and conductors enjoy the profile and success of CFA Alumnus Julian Wachner. Based in Manhattan as Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street, Wachner maintains one of the most active conducting schedules in our country. A three-disc release of his vocal/orchestral works was released on Naxos last summer. Psalm Cycle III echoes the joy and exuberance of the Chichester Psalms. Over it’s six movements, Wachner proves the vitality and possibility of centuries old forms, modes and styles, all caste in Wachner’s signature compositional voice.
Join the Boston University Singers and Symphonic Chorus, and conductors Joshua Rohde and Scott Allen Jarrett March 23rd at 8pm to hear and celebrate these outstanding American psalm settings.
This event is free and open to the public.
645 Boylston Street, Boston