PIFA 2011: Kimmel Center presents HOPE: An Oratorio (World Premiere)

The last week of PIFA 2011 is upon us and it may be the best week yet. One event that is sure to make waves is the World premiere of HOPE: An Oratorio. This performance will feature Jonathan Leshnoff as he celebrates mankind’s universal journey—from the throes of abandonment to the revival of hope. This is certainly another highlight of this month long festival that has been a joy to participate in.

Verizon Hall

Sunday, April 24 3pm buy tickets!

Jonathan Leshnoff,Composer
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Leah Dexter, Vocal Soloist
David Linx, Soloist
Jessica Rivera, Soloist
Jason Collins, Soloist
Pennsylvania Girlchoir
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

In a breathtaking new work of art, composer Jonathan Leshnoff celebrates mankind’s universal journey—from the throes of abandonment to the revival of hope. Transcending the boundaries of the traditional oratorio form, this epic piece is alternately lyrical and lively, toe-tapping and dramatic. HOPE brings together voices and languages not typically heard together—a classical soprano and tenor, a male jazz singer, and a female vocalist-performance artist—creating exciting new modes of vocal expression. From ethereal writing for children’s voices to a climax that will literally shake the rafters as the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ reaches its extreme registers, HOPE embraces people of all spiritual beliefs. Beginning in doubt, moving to a reflective middle passage, and ultimately finding peace, HOPE promises to inspire both fervor and serenity in the listener.

> Listen to Leshnoff discuss the conceptualizing and creation of Hope in an exclusive three-part web series, The Journey

The Philadelphia Inquirer is the proud sponsor of this performance.