BEYOND “PSYCHO”: The Genius of Bernard Herrmann

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

William Sharp, baritone
PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez


Herrmann: Clarinet Quintet
Herrmann: Psycho Narrative for string orchestra
Herrmann/Corwin: Whitman (a radio play for actor and orchestra)

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.

The program also includes Herrmann’s 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