A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

MUSIC IN WARTIME: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
The Washington National Cathedral

William Sharp, baritone
Alexander Shtarkman, piano
Netanel Draiblate, violin
Benjamin Capps, cello
Members of PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
The Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy
Commentary by James Loeffler

Hanns Eisler: Workers’ Choruses
                          The Hollywood Songbook (excerpts)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2
Arnold Schoenberg: The Ode to Napoleon

For Pearl Harbor Day, we juxtapose galvanizing responses to World War II by Dmitri Shostakovich, Arnold Schoenberg, and Hanns Eisler. With the Cathedral Choir and members of PCE conducted by Michael McCarthy and Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

This program, including FDR’s declaration of war on Japan, begins with a wartime Eisler/Brecht workers’ song sung as a processional.

In direct response to FDR’s “day of infamy” speech, Arnold Schoenberg — a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany — composed a furious indictment of Hitler that also expressed his passionate admiration for President Roosevelt: the “Ode to Napoleon.”

Alexander Shtarkman
WIlliam Sharp