Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 pm

The Washington National Cathedral


William Sharp, baritone

Alexander Shtarkman, piano

Members of PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

The Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy

Commentary by James Loeffler


Hanns Eisler: 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, juxtaposes three galvanizing musical responses to World War II. The concert begins with a wartime Eisler/Brecht workers’ song sung as a processional.