Spring For Music: A Rare American Oratorio At Carnegie Hall

May 5, 2014
Originally published on November 9, 2015 3:33 pm

Hear an intriguing program pairing John Adams' gorgeous Harmonium with an oratorio by black Canadian-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett — a work whose 1937 premiere was weirdly cut short.

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  • ADAMS Harmonium
  • DETT The Ordering of Moses

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

May Festival Chorus

James Conlon, music director

Latonia Moore, soprano

Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano

Rodrick Dixon, tenor

Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

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