King David by Arthur Honegger

Pittsburgh, PA
25 Apr 2015 to 26 Apr 2015
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Thomas W. Douglas

Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm, also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama. 

Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”, musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor. 

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas, brings performances of this drama to the public in late April 2015. 

Guest Artists:

Joanna Latini - Soprano

Anthony McKay - Narrator

Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe - Witch of Endor

Sat Apr 25 @ 8 pm -- and -- Sun Apr 26 @ 4 pm
Presenting Organization/Ensemble: 
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh

There are few Biblical stories which offer the dramatic possibilities of the story of Saul and David. Author René Morax turned to that story for his epic play Le Roi David, and commissioned a young and relatively unknown Arthur Honegger to provide the incidental music. Honegger responded with a remarkable score which matched the dramatic sweep and energy of the story and firmly established Honegger’s reputation as a composer. 

About this production of King David, Maestro Douglas says: “The Bach Choir is excited to present this dramatic work to our audiences. As a member of the group of French composers known as “Les Six”, Honegger was experimenting with new musical genres like jazz, and melding that with styles such as Gregorian style chant. Including a Narrator and the Witch of Endor add both excitement and clarity to this terrific piece.” 

Venue: St. Nicholas Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dates: Saturday, April 25th @ 8:00 pm and on Sunday, April 26th @ 4:00 pm.

Tickets: $9.95-$30.00 sold @ Showclix and on the day of the performance & at

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