Kurt Weill Festival: The Road of Promise: UMD Symphony Orchestra
The School of Music’s Kurt Weill Festival opens with The Road of Promise. This semi-staged oratorio features the combined forces of the UMD Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Opera Studio, the UMD Concert Choir and SOM alumni. Adapted from the original 1937 work, The Road of Promise takes the audience through a journey that ends with renewal and hope. Set in a synagogue on a night of fearful waiting during the 'timeless night of Israel's persecution.' As the congregation gathers to wait what lies ahead, they turn to their Rabbi who begins to recount for them iconic stories from Jewish scripture. These biblical scenes unfold musically, set in motion by the Rabbi in a manner not unlike that of the Evangelist in the passions of J.S. Bach.
Craig Kier, conductor
Amanda Consol, director
Edward Maclary, Director of Choral Activities
Yoni Rose, tenor and UMD alum
Noah Calderon, tenor and UMD alum
John Lescault, narrator
Christian Hoff, tenor and UMD alum and Lotte Lenya Competition Winner
Timothy Mix, baritone
Kevin Short, bass-baritone and UMD faculty
Funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York NY.
Join us for a pre-performance conversation, The Road of Promise: Finding our way forward at 6PM.