Works Voice(s) & Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra ("Jubilee Games") (1989)
One of Bernstein’s last works, the Concerto for Orchestra was written for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Concerto for Orchestra began in 1986 as a two-movement piece titled Jubilee Games, to which Bernstein added the fourth and second movements. The work is dedicated to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which gave the premiere of each version and recorded the full work under the composer's baton.
Concerto for Orchestra
I. Free-Style Events
II. Mixed Doubles
III. Diaspora Dances
In the fourth movement, Bernstein incorporates the priestly benediction that closes Jewish services of worship, sung by a solo baratone:
"May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
May He lift up His countenance and give you the blessing of peace."