Music for the Tempest-Tost: A Tribute to Emma Lazarus

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage

Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra concluded its fourth performance season with the extraordinary Music for the Tempest-Tost: A Tribute to Emma Lazarus at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Three-time Tony-nominated Broadway star Marin Mazzie (below) performed the world premiere of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's "Cantata for Huddled Masses," a setting of Emma Lazarus's famous poem "The New Colossus" for orchestra and soprano. The program also included Felix Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 5 in Bb, five movements from Robert Schumann's Waldszenen, Op. 82 (with readings from Emma Lazarus's "Scenes in the Wood"), Aaron Copland's Letter from Home (with a reading of a letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Emma Lazarus) and Gustav Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No. 5. Actress Myra Lucretia Taylor was the featured reader.

 

Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra concert; Museum of Jewish Heritage

Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 5 in Bb major

Schumann: Waldszenen

            Myra Taylor, reader

Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Copland: Letter from Home

            Myra Taylor, reader

Fagin: Cantata for Huddled Masses

            Marin Mazzie, sopran