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Belshazzar’s Feast

Sunday, June 4
Kleinhans Music Hall, 2:30 pm

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The season comes to a stirring conclusion with a program of works by British composers. Kevin Deas shines in Walton’s rarely-performed “Belshazzar’s Feast.”

Come at 1:30 PM to hear directly from the artists about the program in “Musically Speaking,” sponsored by Uniland Development. Also at 1:30, the Cheektowaga Central High School Chorale performs in the Mary Seaton Room in Community Spotlight.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Kevin Deas, baritone
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus

Program

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
ELGAR In the South
WALTON Belshazzar’s Feast

About Kevin Deas

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess.

A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composer’s eighty-fifth birthday, which was videotaped for worldwide release. He has also performed the world premieres of Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. His twenty-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in To Hope!, and he performed Brubeck’s Gates of Justice in a gala performance in New York during the 1995-96 season.

Deas has recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger for Decca/London with the Chicago Symphony under the late Sir Georg Solti and Varèse’s Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include Bach’s Mass in B-minor and Handel’s Acis and Galatea on Vox Classics; Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society on the Telarc label; and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque for Linn Records. June 2014 marks the release of “Dvorak in America” (Naxos), featuring Mr. Deas performing the world premiere recording of Dvorak’s “Hiawatha Melodrama” and Dvorak’s arrangement of “Goin’ Home” with the PostClassical Ensemble.