Songs of the Danube

Choral Songs from Central Europe

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle

A springtime program of delightful choral song cycles from Central Europe by Brahms, Dvořak, Bartók, and Górecki.

“Zigeunerlieder” (Gypsy Songs) by Johannes Brahms
“Four Slovak Songs” by Béla Bartok
“Broad Waters” by Henryk Górecki
“Six Moravian Songs” by Antonin Dvořak/Arr. Leoš Janáček

Waltz along Europe’s historic Danube River this spring and hear the folk songs, inspired by the landscapes and waterways of Central Europe, and crafted by the area’s greatest classical composers---Brahms, Dvořak, Bartók, and Górecki.

Originating in Germany, the historic Danube River is Europe’s second longest river, passing through or touching the borders of nine central and eastern European countries before finally emptying into the Black Sea. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the legendary Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, and poets throughout the centuries.

It is here in the heartland of Europe where old traditions were preserved in folk tales and folk songs, and Europe’s greatest classical composers immortalized these words and melodies as some of their finest works for voices.

Works featured on our program

Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs) by Johannes Brahms

Four Slovak Folk Songs by Béla Bartók

Broad Waters by Henryk Górecki

Six Moldavian Songs by Antonin Dvořak /Arranged for choir by Leoš Janáček