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Let my people go: music to commemorate Passover and the Israelites' exodus from Egypt

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Carlos Moreno
The Passover Seder plate contains symbolic foods eaten or displayed during the festive holiday meal commencing the Jewish holiday.

Join guest host Dan Margolies for a program that explores the Jewish holiday of Passover and the biblical Exodus on which it’s based. We'll hear an eclectic set of music, including excerpts from Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt and Arnold Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron, as well as spirituals chosen by our special guest, Reverend Dr. Vernon Howard Jr.


Dan Margolies


Reverend Dr. Vernon Howard Jr., President - Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City and Senior Pastor - St. Mark Church

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Brooke Knoll
Reverend Dr. Vernon Howard Jr. at the Classical KC studios, April 2022


Israel in Egypt, HWV 54
3. Then sent He Moses
4. They loathed to drink
15. And Israel saw
16. And believed the Lord
by George Frideric Handel
Simon Preston with the English Chamber Orchestra and Christ Church Cathedral Choir
James Bowman, counter-tenor
Ian Partridge, tenor

Go Down Moses
Marian Anderson, contralto
Franz Rupp, piano

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Leontyne Price, soprano
Leonard de Paur and the RCA Orchestra and Chorus

I've Been 'Buked
Florence Quivar, mezzo-soprano
Larry Woodard, piano
Walter Turnbull and the Boys Choir Of Harlem

Passover Psalm, Op. 30
by Erich Korngold
Emily Magee, soprano
Marcello Viotti with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus and Munich Radio Orchestra

Moses und Aron
Ein Wunder erfullt uns mit Schrecken
Du goldener Gott
Moses steigt vom Berg herab
by Arnold Schoenberg
Pierre Boulez with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chorus Of The Netherlands Opera

You can learn more about Reverend Dr. Vernon Howard Jr. at sclcgkc.org

Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio. He retired as a reporter in December 2022 after a 37-year journalism career.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.