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Duquesne Singers Are the Only Pittsburgh Performers Selected to Perform at ‘A Melancholy Beauty’

Members of the Mary Pappert School of Music's Voices of Spirit, Men's Chorale, Women's Chorale and the University Singers, as well as music school alumni, are the only Pittsburgh representatives to have been invited to perform in the world premiere of the oratorio A Melancholy Beauty.

A part of the Songs of Life international music festival, A Melancholy Beauty is a major choral-orchestral work that will feature more than 250 musicians, including children and adult choirs, a full symphony orchestra, soloists and narrators. The composition commemorates and narrates the rescue of 49,000 Bulgarian Jews from the hands of the Nazis during World War II.

Approximately 35 Duquesne University students and alumni are expected to participate in A Melancholy Beauty, which will be performed at the following venues:

  • The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 21
  • The Wang Theatre, Boston, Mass., Thursday, June 23
  • Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, Sunday, June 26.

A Melancholy Beauty will be conducted by Henry H. Leck, founder and artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and director of choral activities at Butler University. Aryeh Finklestein wrote the libretto and Charles David Osborne composed the score for A Melancholy Beauty.

Songs of Life is an international music festival that reenacts the heroic deeds of little known events by composing and performing choral-orchestral works for those who have not yet had a voice to sing their song.

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