The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus

Leonard Lehrman, Founder & Director

Musical Performances thru 2006

We Are Innocent (Lehrman's Rosenberg Cantata)
commissioned by National Committee to Re-open the Rosenberg Case
[recorded 12/88 on Opus One LP #145 w/Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra]

Complete performances with chorus:
Community Church of NY (Julius: Peter Schlosser; Ethel: Helene Williams) 6/19/88
WQXR "The Listening Room," Robert Sherman, host (soloists as above) 12/8/88
Marymount Manhattan Theater (soloists as above, w/Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra) 6/11/89
Plandome Unitarian Church (Julius: Ronald Edwards) 6/19/93
Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck NJ (Julius: Gregory Mercer) 6/15/03
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (Mercer) 6/18/03

Excerpt performances with chorus:
Weill Recital Hall, Ezrath Nashim Benefit (Julius: Douglas Kiddie) 6/14/89
Temple Sinai, Roslyn NY (Kiddie) together with other works 8/20/89
complete broadcasts: WBAI 6/12/89, WCWP (L.I.U.) 6/13/93, WRHU (Hofstra) 6/14/93
excerpts broadcast: WNYC 6/9/89, WKCR (Columbia) 6/17/93

Performances with soloists (Schlosser & Williams) only:
Bryant Library, Roslyn 6/14/88; Community Church of Boston 12/11/88; WESPAC, Ardsley NY 12/88

Excerpt performances with soloists only:
NYU Law School Auditorium (Williams) 6/87
Adelphi University (Edwards) 10/7/96
Stephen Wise Synagogue (Edwards) 6/19/97
Community Church of Boston (Williams) 6/22/03

Martin Luther King & Elie Siegmeister Birthday Concert 1/15/89
with William Warfield, Ronald Edwards, André Solomon-Glover, Helene Williams & MPC,
Harlem School of the Arts; NYC prem. of I Have A Dream, world prem. of "Lonely Star"
broadcast over WQXR 1/16/89, WBAI 1/15/90; videotape at Library of Congress

National Council of Women, Time-Life Building Reception 6/12/89 Lehrman's Sisters

Leonard Lehrman Birthday Concert
8/20/89, sponsored by Nassau County Office of Cultural Development, Temple Sinai, Roslyn NY
including excerpts from Sisters and We Are Innocent

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Leonard Lehrman 10/26/89
United Nations Association, at the United Nations - MPC Solo Quartet

New World: An Opera About What Columbus Did to the "Indians" by Leonard Lehrman
commissioned by Puffin Foundation
Lincoln Center Library (After Dinner Opera Company; soloists only) & WQXR 10/12/91
Temple Sinai, Roslyn NY 8/10/92 (open dress rehearsal)
Heckscher Park, Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) 8/11/92 (staged world premiere)
Donnell Library, N.Y. City 2/9/93
Excerpts performed by soloists: Golden Fleece Ltd. Square One Series 3/31/90
Union Theological Seminary CALC 25th anniversary 7/22/90, & WBAI 10/12/90
Heckscher Park, 8/6/91; WQXR "The Listening Room" 10/12/91; WBAI 10/14/91 & 2/8/93
Haus der Kirche, Berlin 9/1/92; Dresden Center for Contemporary Music 9/5/92
Domaine Naturiste de Bélézy, Bédoin, France 7/89, 7/90(+Chor), 8/92, 7/94

A Requiem for Hiroshima music by Leonard Lehrman, words by Lee Baxandall
Last movement previewed Union Theological Seminary CALC 25th anniversary 7/22/90
Entire work previewed w/Solo Octet & Piano on WQXR-AM, June LeBell, host 8/3/90
Prem. at Riverside Church 8/5/90 w/Voices Saintpaulia, Inoue Chamber Ens, MPC Solo Quartet
Broadcast on WBAI-FM 8/7/90
Prem.with piano & organ by MPC for LICA at Malverne Community Presbyterian Church 9/3/95

Abel Meeropol Centennial Concerts Great Neck House 2/9/03; Queens College 2/23/03
Music of Lehman Engel, Herbert Haufrecht, Martin Kalmanoff, Robert Kurka,
Leonard Lehrman ("Conscience" - Winner, 2002 Sunrise/Sunset Competition),
Abel Meeropol, Earl Robinson, Elie Siegmeister, Kurt Weill
+premieres by Siegmeister, Joel Mandelbaum and Leonard Lehrman,
[released on CD by Original Cast Recordings OC 6055]

Holocaust Memorial Concert, Temple Judea, Manhasset 4/3/03
incl. Lehrman's Jewish Voices in Germany and Sisters

Music of Edith Segal
6/17/04 Helene Williams and members of the Workmen's Circle Chorus
arranged, accompanied & conducted by Leonard Lehrman
National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case Annual Meeting
at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68 St., NYC

Marc Blitzstein Centennial Workshop 1/29/05
--part of the People's Music Network Songs of Freedom & Struggle Gathering
together with Helene Williams, Victoria Tralongo, Leonard Lehrman,
members of the Workmen's Circle Chorus
and the Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council
at the Renaissance School, 35-59 81st St., Jackson Heights, Queens

Marc Blitzstein Centennial Concerts
2/27/05 Great Neck House 14 Arrandale Av., Great Neck NY
3/5/05 People's Voice Cafe, 45 E. 33 St., Manhattan
3/6/05 Queens College, Choral Rm, Aaron Copland School of Music
including 2 excerpts from Mahagonny in Blitzstein's translation
and I've Got the Tune - in Leonard Lehrman's 1970 adaptation
together with members of the Workmen's Circle Chorus
and the Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council
as well as soloists Helene Williams, Lorinda Lisitza,
Josh Minkin, Lars Woodul, Robert Osborne
accompanied by Leonard Lehrman, John Craven, and percussionist Don Levine
funded in part by The Puffin Foundation
and a Special Opportunity Stipend grant from the East End Arts Council & NYFA

[All of the above, except Lisitza, released on
The Marc Blitzstein Centennial CD, Original Cast Records OC 6127]

The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus
on WBAI 99.5 FM &
6/17/05 after 12 Midnight "Radio Unnameable," Bill Propp, producer
featuring excerpts from CDs including works by Meeropol, Blitzstein, Siegmeister, Lehrman

National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case Annual Meeting 6/23/05
Leonard performs Marc Blitzstein's "Innocent psalm for the Bernstein baby" (1953)
in honor of the birth of Julian Meeropol Ambrose, the Rosenbergs' first great-grandchild;
Helene sings Edith Segal's "My Loved One"
and members of The Oceanside Chorale, the Christ Church Babylon Choir, and the MPC sing
the words of Abel Meeropol
(Leonard's "Conscience"; "Lost Forever"; and Earl Robinson's "The House I Live In")
arranged, accompanied & conducted by Leonard
at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68 St., NYC FREE.
Info: 917-846-6721
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Birthday Concert honoring
Martin Luther King's (77th) Birthday, Lincoln's (197th), Mozart's (250th),
and Elie Siegmeister's (97th)--co-sponored by the Elie Siegmeister Society
with Helene Williams & Leonard Lehrman
and members of the Christ Church Babylon Choir,
and Temple Isaiah of Great Neck Choir
featuring settings of Langston Hughes & James Baldwin
by Elie Siegmeister, Jay Anthony Gach, & Leonard Lehrman
Long Beach Public Library 1/15/06 3:00 PM; Great Neck House 2/12/06 3:00 PM

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