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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33.00 - $154.00

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

16

Dec, 2014

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

17

Dec, 2014

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

18

Dec, 2014

Thursday, 7:30 PM

19

Dec, 2014

Friday, 2:00 PM

20

Dec, 2014

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Program

Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor

Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor

Gary Wedow

Conductor

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, who specializes in historically informed performances, has appeared with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of his recent successes there include the double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. For many years Mr. Wedow was closely associated with New York City Opera, where he led Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in the Christopher Alden production, and conducted the New York Premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus in May 2012. Recently, he conducted The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the World Premiere of Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner’s Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Handel’s Messiah for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Mr. Wedow led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard 415, the historical performance ensemble, culminating with a concert in Alice Tully Hall; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for Arizona Opera; Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera; and Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera. Born in La Porte, Indiana, and now a resident of New York City, Gary Thor Wedow has been a member of The Juilliard School faculty since 1994, leading performances of Monteverdi’s  L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Handel’s Ariodante, and Don Giovanni. He has prepared several performing editions of Baroque works in collaboration with countertenor Lawrence Lipnik, and his long association with director Stephen Wadsworth has included productions of Handel’s Xerxes and Ariodante, as well as Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. He studied with piano virtuoso Jorge Bolet at the Indiana University School of Music and received his masters of music degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Mr. Wedow has been a frequent guest of Wolf Trap Opera, Merola Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Amherst Early Music Festival, and Pittsburgh Opera, among others. He has led choral and symphonic repertoire at the Seattle Symphony, Orchestra London–Ontario, Phoenix Symphony, The Berkshire Choral Festival, Edmonton Symphony, and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, where he was associate conductor for many years. Upcoming performances include Handel’s Semele with Seattle Opera and The Marriage of Figaro at Juilliard with director Stephen Wadsworth.

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Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling by Anna Hult

Soprano

Since her acclaimed 1999 debut as Corinna in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at New York City Opera, Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling has appeared on the stages of the world’s most prominent opera houses and concert halls, and in regular collaborations with the greatest orchestras and conductors. Current season highlights include Berg’s Seven Early Songs with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Francois Xavier Roth and Schumann’s Faustszenen with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Hengelbrock. She performs Brahms’s A German Requiem with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and with the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, both conducted by Bernard Haitink, and also with the New York Philharmonic led by Christoph von Dohnányi. She also returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Dutilleux’s Correspondances and concert performances as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Consistently in demand for concert appearances, Ms. Tilling’s recent highlights include Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Dohnányi, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at the BBC Proms with the London Symphony Orchestra and Haitink, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Berlin’s Waldbühne with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle.

Among Ms. Tilling’s many recordings are three recital discs with Paul Rivinius on the BIS label; the most recent, I Skogen, released in the summer of 2015, is dedicated to songs from Nordic composers. She appears on Die Schöpfung with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Haitink, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor, with Paul McCreesh. She performs the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo on DVD from the Teatro alla Scala conducted by Daniel Harding.

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Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

After graduating in Archaeology and Anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge, countertenor Iestyn Davies studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He has performed in concert at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Gustavo Dudamel, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Zurich’s Tonhalle with Ton Koopman, and has appeared at London’s Barbican Centre and BBC Proms, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and New York’s Lincoln Center. He recently made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall, and enjoys a successful relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall where he curated his own residency in the 2012–13 season. His CD of Dowland songs, The Art of Melancholy, was released by Hyperion in April 2014. He sung major roles in operas by composers ranging from Handel and Mozart to Britten, George Benjamin, and Thomas Adès for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Zürich Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Munich and Vienna Festivals, and the Opéra Comique. Current and upcoming engagements include a Farinelli project at The Globe with Mark Rylance, as well as concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra and appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Mr. Davies is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2010 Young Artist of the year prize, 2012 Gramophone Recital Award, 2013 Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer), and 2014 Gramophone Recital Award for his disc Arise, my muse on the Wigmore Live label.

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Michael Slattery

Tenor

Michael Slattery

Tenor

Michael Slattery

Tenor

Michael Slattery made his New York Philharmonic debut in November 2013 singing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings in the Orchestra’s celebrations of the composer’s 100th birthday as an acclaimed last-minute substitute for an ailing singer. Career highlights include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide at London’s Royal Festival Hall; The Very Best of Lerner & Loewe with Kelli O'Hara, Paolo Szot, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; Peter Sellars’s Tristan Project with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten with John Adams, both with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass with Iván Fischer and the National Symphony Orchestra; Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Berlin Staatsoper; and the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He has also performed at the Edinburgh, Spoleto, Holland, Athens, Aspen Music, Mostly Mozart, and Williamstown Theater festivals, and as a soloist with ensembles including The Philadelphia, Seattle Symphony, St. Paul Chamber, and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras, and the Houston, Charlotte, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Pacific, and Kansas City symphony orchestras. Mr. Slattery’s solo recordings include The Irish Heart and Dowland in Dublin, chosen by Opera News as one of the best recordings of 2012. He has recorded a number of Handel’s works, including Saul with René Jacobs, for Harmonia Mundi, and Acis und Galatea, Atalanta, Samson, and Solomon with Nicholas McGegan. Recent projects have included Britten’s Curlew River with Olivier Py, and the World Premiere of Roland Auzet and Fabrice Melquiot’s Steve V (King different), the Steve Jobs digital opera, with Opéra de Lyon. Michael Slattery will perform in Robert Carsen’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence next summer. He is a long-time supporter of the organization Sing for Hope and resides in New York City.

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James Westman

Baritone

James Westman

Baritone

James Westman NY Philharmonic

Baritone

Whether performing in opera or recitals or on the world’s concert platforms, baritone James Westman’s passion and musicianship bring an extra dimension to his performances. He recently appeared as Germont in Verdi’s La traviata at English National Opera, which marked both his debut with the company and the work’s 100th professional performance. In 2012 he created the leading role of Sandy Keith in Bramwell Tovey’s new opera The Inventor. He has appeared in the principal opera houses of North America and Europe including Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vancouver Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Wexford Festival (Ireland), Utah Opera, and Oper der Stadt Koln.

An alumnus of the San Francisco Opera’s Adler program, Mr. Westman’s roles at San Francisco Opera include Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così tan tutte, Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème, Sylvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Renato in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring. His recent highlights include the roles of Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff for Calgary Opera, and Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Opera Lyra Ottawa, and singing Orff’s Carmina burana with the Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. Nominated for two Grammy awards and three Canadian Juno awards, he has recorded for Opera Rara, CBC, and BBC, as well as the recent released Decca recording of Britten’s War Requiem with Seiji Ozawa.

James Westman was the first boy treble ever to perform the fourth movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and toured in the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany, and Russia, performing in Musikverein and Carnegie Hall at age 12. His honors include winning the George London Competition and receiving the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and Marilyn Horne Foundation awards.

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Connor Tsui

Boy Soprano (Member of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus)

Connor Tsui

Boy Soprano (Member of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus)

Boy Soprano (Member of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus)

Eleven-year-old boy soprano Connor Tsui is a seventh-grade student at the Special Music School of America. He plays cello and piano, and as a member of The Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus he has been cast in Puccini’s Turandot, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten. He is currently singing the role of First Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, reprising the role in which he appeared last season. Connor Tsui is a soccer fan and loves playing Clash of Clans on any type of screen.

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Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Chorus

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors over the past 82 years. It is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. The ensemble’s 2016–17 season includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic; Mozart’s C-minor Mass and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Britten’s War Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Recent seasons have included performances of Bernstein’s Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel, and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert at Carnegie Hall.

Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students for careers in teaching, sacred music and performance.

Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is also director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In addition to his responsibilities at Westminster, he is artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA. Mr. Miller’s 2016–17 season with the Westminster Choir includes a concert tour of the southern United States, a residency with Carnegie Hall, several national radio broadcasts, and their annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Mr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise. Joe Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.  

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Joe Miller

Director

Joe Miller

Director

Director

Joe Miller is the conductor of the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, as well as director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA. His 2014–15 Westminster Choir season includes a tour of California, several national radio broadcasts, and their annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. His latest recording with the Choir is The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Recent seasons have included performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, in addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra with Nézet-Séguin and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Dudamel. Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.

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