National Philharmonic to Present Berlioz’s Requiem

By Francisco Salazar

The National Philharmonic is set to present the National Philharmonic Chorale in Louis-Hector Berlioz’s Requiem.

The program will celebrate conductor Stan Engebretson’s storied tenure as Artistic Director of the Chorale.

The concert will be held on Nov. 12 at Strathmore.

In a statement, Engebretson said, “I am thrilled to lead the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale in what is one of the most unique works in the choral-orchestral repertoire. NatPhil will share the stage with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, guest artist Norman Shankle, and our full orchestra, including four antiphonal brass choirs to create massive sound. Berlioz’s Requiem is a tremendous celebration of life and, as such, the perfect piece to mark my time with this outstanding organization. While it won’t be my last performance with NatPhil this season, it will offer a special moment to commemorate our work together over the years.”

Berlioz’s Requiem was composed in 1837 and it boasts a masterful orchestration for a very large orchestra. The piece is one of Engebretson’s favorite pieces and this season will be his last with the chorale.

He first took helm of the Chorale in the 1992-1993 season and subsequently became part of the NatPhil family when the Chorale merged with the National Philharmonic in the 2003-2004 season. In his role as Artistic Director, Engebretson leads weekly choir rehearsals, conducts four classical concerts each season, and prepares the choral mass for other season performances.