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Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016

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Beyond Psycho: The Musical Genius of Bernard Herrmann
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 7:30pm


Bernard Herrmann may be “the most under-rated 20th-century American composer.” He’s famous as a film composer—Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane—but his concert output was long overlooked due to prejudice against Hollywood. The highlight of this program is the 30-minute radio play, Whitman, with music by Herrmann and script by the Norman Corwin, the genius of American Radio. In celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, “Whitman” pays homage to the poet as an inspirational messenger for the wartime home-front.

This concert is being broadcast live by the WWFM Classical Network.

Clarinet Quintet – Bernard Herrmann

Psycho – a narrative for string orchestra – Bernard Herrmann


“Whitman” – a classic 1944 radio play with music by Bernard Herrmann and script by Norman Corwin (world premiere performance)

PCE, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez
William Sharp, the voice of Walt Whitman

Ticket Prices
Premium Nave $65
Front Nave $60
Mid Nave $45
Rear Nave $25

$10 student tickets (available in Mid Nave and Rear Nave); select the student option in the drop-down

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