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Spring For Music: A Rare American Oratorio At Carnegie Hall

Hear an intriguing program pairing John Adams' gorgeous Harmonium with an oratorio by black Canadian-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett — a work whose 1937 premiere was weirdly cut short.

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  • ADAMS Harmonium
  • DETT The Ordering of Moses
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

    May Festival Chorus

    James Conlon, music director

    Latonia Moore, soprano

    Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano

    Rodrick Dixon, tenor

    Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

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