BEYOND “PSYCHO”: The Genius of Bernard Herrmann

Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 pm
The Washington National Cathedral

William Sharp as Walt Whitman
Murray Horwitz (of WAMU’s Big Broadcast) as Norman Corwin
PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

with commentary by Dorothy Herrmann and Steven Herrmann

Herrmann Clarinet Quintet
Herrmann Psycho Narrative for string orchestra
Herrmann/Corwin Whitman (a radio play for actor and orchestra)
     world premiere concert performance

As Hollywood’s most gifted composer, Bernard Herrmann scored Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and dozens of other memorable films. But he was much more than that.

PCE continues its advocacy of Herrmann as “the most under-rated 20th century American composer” with a Whitman Birthday program — he was born May 31, 1819 – featuring the world premiere concert performance of a Herrmann masterpiece:

Whitman, a 1944 radio play produced by the legendary genius of radio drama: Norman Corwin.

With commentary by Whitman enthusiasts:

Peyman Allahvirdizadeh, Steven Herrmann, Martin Murray, Neil Richardson, Kim Roberts

To hear Angel Gil-Ordóñez conduct PCE in the Psycho narrative for string orchestra:

“Musically I count myself an individualist. I believe that only music which springs out of genuine personal emotion is alive and important. I hate all cults, fads, and clichés” – Bernard Herrmann

May 18 at 2 pm Whitman on film — free screenings at the National Gallery of Art:
Manhatta (1921) directed by Paul Strand; Street Scene (1995) — Kurt Weill’s opera (turning Whitman into a love duet), directed by Francesca Zambello at Berlin’s Theater des Westens

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