- JAKE HEGGIE, MARGARET ATWOOD Songs for Murdered Sisters
- Brahms, Johannes Symphony No. 4
- In-person event
- ≈ 2h · With intermission
This concert by the NAC Orchestra opens with a moving meeting of artistic minds, all at the top of their game.
Acclaimed Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins makes his Southam Hall solo debut to perform a powerful new work written expressly for him that conveys the tragedy of lives needlessly lost.
Songs for Murdered Sisters* is an NAC co-commissioned song cycle for baritone solo and orchestra based on original poetry by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Music by Jake Heggie, best known for his contemporary operas Dead Man Walking and It’s a Wonderful Life, embraces and builds on the passion of Atwood’s powerful words.
Then, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 might well be the perfect expression of German Romanticism in a symphony—passionate, filled with fury, and aimed straight at the heart.
The first people to hear any part of it expressed some surprising misgivings, leaving Brahms full of doubt about whether to give life to the work beyond its premiere. Fortunately for the world, he did give it life, because this symphony contains some of the deepest and most romantic music of the 19th century. Filled with an underlying sense of unrest and desire, Symphony No. 4 evokes the sounds of the entire universe from start to finish.
*Co-commissioned by the NAC Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera, for Joshua Hopkins.