Dream with Me Tonight, Dear Friends

A Choral Celebration of the Bernstein Centenary

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4:00pm

The GMChorale joined the global celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centenary with a program of music by Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Randall Thompson. These giants of the 20th century American musical scene knew each other not only as friends but in deeply influential mentoring and teaching relationships; between them, they created a new, distinctively American sound. Copland’s deep roots in American folk music will be heard in a selection of spiritual arrangements, including his iconic “At the River.” Thompson’s affinity for the singing voice and his sensitive text settings have ensured that his Frostiana and Alleluia remain fresh and compelling. Bernstein’s wide-ranging virtuosity, encompassing the languages of classical, jazz, opera, expressionism, and musical theatre, will be on display in his virtuosic Touches for solo piano and in choral selections from Mass, West Side Story, Peter Pan, and Candide.

More than a hundred music lovers arrived early for a very engaging pre-concert talk by Neely Bruce, professor of music at Wesleyan University.

Were you part of the audience for Dream with Me, Dear Friends? Tell us about your experience — leave a comment at the GMChorale’s Facebook page or write to gmcmedia@gmchorale.org.