Scenes from Childhood

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 8 pm
Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
Washington, DC

Tickets: $30-$35   PURCHASE ONLINE or call  202-965-2000

PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Ben Capps, cello
Washington National Cathedral’s Choir of Boys and Girls
(Michael McCarthy, director)

PostClassical celebrates the Wagner and Britten centenaries with a program featuring seraphic music by both composers, including Wagner’s sublime Siegfried Idyll in its original version, a little-known children’s song by Wagner and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.

Also: the first performance since 1898 of the children’s chorus “Good Night,” composed by Wagner’s American disciple Anton Seidl.

Sat., Feb. 22, 5 to 6:15 pm
A pre-concert lecture by Joseph Horowitz
Anton Seidl, “Good Night,” and Wagner at Coney Island
McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University
Free admission

As a preface to PostClassical’s performance of Anton Seidl’s “Good Night” (8 pm, Feb. 22) – the first performance of this music since 1898 – Joe Horowitz recounts the astounding story of the Seidl Society, a Brooklyn-based women’s club that presented Anton Seidl and his orchestra  fourteen times a week at Coney Island every summer. It was here that Seidl – Wagner’s chief American emissary – premiered his children’s chorus “Good Night.”
(Parking is free in GU on Saturdays enter via Canal Road. Dumbarton Church is a 10-minute walk from McNeir Auditorium.)

A special pre-concert feature at 7 pm
at Dumbarton Church
Britten’s inflamed Solo Cello Suite No. 1
performed tonight by young sensation Ben Capps