Carnegie Hall tonight: Passover in Exile

ASO. Credit: Jito Lee

Season after season, Leon Botstein helps us to discover new and neglected works. His series with the American Symphony Orchestra has some of the most imaginative curating you’ll see on stages throughout the country.

Tonight at Carnegie Hall, the ASO, under the direction of Botstein, presents an unusual seasonal program entitled “Passover in Exile.” It centers around the choral work, Haggadah shel Pesach, which was composed by German Jew Paul Dessau while in exile in Paris in the 1930s.

Of the work, Botstein says,”Haggadah shel Pesach—an oratorio for soloists, choir, and orchestra—amplifies the universal resonance of the story of Passover to transform this most intimate story of Jewish identity into a touching and courageous work about the power of the human spirit. The annual Passover reading of the Haggadah was particularly meaningful for German Jewish composer Paul Dessau during his exile in Paris.”

This is the piece’s U.S. Premiere, and the ASO is joined by Collegiate Choral Singers and Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Botstein will present a Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7:00 p.m., free for ticket-holders at Carnegie Hall, followed by the performance at 8:00 p.m.

“Passover in Exile”

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 8:00 P.M.
Approximately 2 hours
All seats: $25

Moses: Sanford Sylvan, bass-baritone

Seder Leader: Denis Sedov, bass
Solo Soprano: Sharon Rostorf-Zamir, soprano
Father: Philip Horst, bass-baritone
Rabbi Akiva: Kevin Burdette, bass
Rabbi Eliezer: Branch Fields, bass
Rabbi Tarfon: Darren Anderson, tenor
Solo Alto: Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano
Pharaoh: Corey Bix, tenor
Rabbi Eleazar: Matthew Burns, bass-baritone
Rabbi Joshua: David Adam Moore, baritone
Solo Tenor/A Jew: Christian Reinert, tenor
Solo Bass: Kevin Thompson, bass
The Collegiate Chorale Singers
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
PAUL DESSAU (1894—1979):
Haggadah shel Pesach (1934-36/61)

Subscription and Ticket Information
Single tickets can be purchased through, at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, or by calling CarnegieCharge at(212) 247-7800.

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