We are privileged to announce that the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is set to play the World Premiere of Lucas Richman’s original piece, “The Hanukkah Story” on Saturday, December 4, 2021, conducted by Maestro Dirk Meyer.
Written to add to the already successful traditional Hanukkah pieces available for orchestra, this vibrant new work celebrates the Jewish festival of Hanukkah by telling the miraculous story of the Maccabees’ return to Jerusalem. An original setting of the traditional Ma’oz Tzur text brings the Festival of Lights to life through a swirling flourish of tambourine, chorus and orchestra.
Full Orchestration: Narrator, Chorus, 2222-4231, timp+2, hp, str
Socially Distanced Orchestration: Narrator, 1111-1110, t+1, pno, str
Music review: A musical gift for everyone
Written By: Sheryl Jensen, For the Duluth News Tribune | 4:28 pm, Dec. 7, 2021
“With Christmas bells brightly ringing, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus merrily singing, and the orchestra festively playing, the “Holiday Spectacular” concert certainly lived up to its name, kicking off a potpourri of the season’s music for its live weekend concerts and now for streaming audiences.
…One of the highlights, in a night filled with them, was the awe-inspiring world premiere of Lucas Richman’s “The Hanukkah Story,” featuring the symphony, the chorus and narrator Danny Frank. The piece recounts the origins of the holiday by telling the story of the Maccabees, a small band of Jewish fighters, and their triumphant return to Jerusalem to reclaim their temple, and have the first celebration of the eight nights and the Festival of Lights.”