The Storm that Built Music Hall
The Storm that Built Music Hall

Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Originally performed on November 4 & 5, 2017
Louis Langrée, conductor
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director


Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243
Julia Adolphe: World Premiere
Brahms: Triumphlied

Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for our treasured Music Hall by a thunderstorm—a tempest that pounded the tin roof of the temporary Saengerhalle and drowned out the voices of the May Festival Chorus. This weekend’s program celebrates music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season, including Bach’s Magnificat, a Baroque-era treasure, and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the Orchestra’s and the city’s German roots. Looking to the future, the May Festival premieres a choral commission by composer Julia Adolphe.

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