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Handel's Messiah

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Joelle Harvey and Tamara Mumford
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $30.00 - $132.00
Tue, Dec, 17, 2013
7:30 PM
Wed, Dec, 18, 2013
7:30 PM
Thu, Dec, 19, 2013
7:30 PM
Fri, Dec, 20, 2013
11:00 AM
Sat, Dec, 21, 2013
7:30 PM
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The 2014-15 Season

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Messiah

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
Messiah (1741)

Handel’s inspired and ever-popular setting of Biblical texts is a three-part meditation on the prophecy and fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem the world through a savior. Part 1 is filled with the joy of anticipation of that savior (epitomized in the jubilant chorus “Unto us a Child is Born”). Part 2 reflects the sorrow and agony surrounding Christ’s passion and death, and the exultation of the resurrection, captured in the stirring “Hallelujah” Chorus. Part 3 is a hymn of thanksgiving for the final defeat of death and for life eternal. Among the many other highlights of the oratorio are the noble concluding chorus, “Worthy is the Lamb” and the final “Amen.” Messiah’s dazzling solos, fireworks instrumental passages, and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time have made it the undisputed favorite of the holidays throughout the world.

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Conductor

Andrew Manze

Conductor Andrew Manze regularly appears with leading international ensembles, including the Munich, Oslo, Royal Stockholm, and Royal Liverpool philharmonic orchestras; Hallé orchestra; Gothenburg, Finnish Radio, and City of Birmingham symphony orchestras; NDR Radio Philharmonic Hanover; German Symphony Orchestra Berlin; and Mahler, Scottish, and Swedish chamber orchestras.

Since 2006 Mr. Manze has been principal conductor and artistic director of Sweden’s Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. His recordings with that ensemble include Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony (Harmonia Mundi), Stenhammar’s piano concertos (Hyperion), and Brahms’s symphonies (CPO). In November 2010 Mr. Manze became associate guest conductor for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. From 2008 to 2011 he was principal guest conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

In the 2011–12 season Mr. Manze made debuts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Seattle, BBC, and Danish National symphony orchestras, all of which resulted in return invitations. Upcoming debuts include the New York and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, National Orchestra of Belgium, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

After studying the classics at Cambridge University, Mr. Manze turned to the violin and quickly became a leading specialist in historical performance practice. He was named associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 1996, and from 2003 to 2007 he was artistic director of The English Concert. As a violinist he has released a diverse collection of award-winning recordings. Mr. Manze is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach, published by Bärenreiter and by Breitkopf & Härtel. He also teaches, edits, and writes about music, and he regularly appears on radio and television.

In November 2011 Andrew Manze received Stockholm’s Rolf Schock Prize. Previous winners include composers György Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, and Kaija Saariaho; conductor Jorma Panula; violinist Gidon Kremer; and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.

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Soprano

Joelle Harvey

A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey is the recipient of a First Prize Award in 2011 from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation Vocal Competition.

Most recently Ms. Harvey debuted with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in a revival of Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. She also performed Bach’s Mass in B minor with The English Concert at the BBC Proms and in Leipzig. In the 2012–13 season she is engaged to sing Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on tour with the Glyndebourne Festival and also with Arizona Opera; two appearances with the San Francisco Symphony: Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, and music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, conducted by music director Michael Tilson Thomas; the role of Tigrane in concert performances of Handel’s opera Radamisto at Carnegie Hall and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Harry Bicket and The English Concert; and Iphis in a United States tour of Handel’s Jephtha with Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn Society. She concludes the season with a return to Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for Zerlina in a revival of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Marc Minkowski.

Future seasons will include further performances with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Dallas Opera, as well as on the concert stage with The Handel & Haydn Society and Kansas City Symphony. She is making her debut with the New York Philharmonic in the 2012–2013 season.

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Mezzo-Soprano

Tamara Mumford by Dario Acosta

Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford returned to The Metropolitan Opera in the 2011–12 season for the new productions of Donizetti's Anna Bolena and Wagner's complete Ring Cycle, and she appeared in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Utah Symphony. In the summer of 2012 she appears in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's world premiere of John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and in the following season makes her debuts with New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and at the Seattle Opera as Angelina in Rossini's La Cenerentola.

Ms. Mumford's other recent engagements have included productions of John Adams's Nixon in China, Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Verdi's Rigoletto, Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades at The Metropolitan Opera; the title roles in Britten's The Rape of Lucretius and Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra at the Opera Company of Philadelphia;the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at Glimmerglass Opera; and Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and BBC Proms. Also an active concert performer and recitalist, Ms. Mumford recently appeared with Donald Runnicles at the Grand Teton Festival, and was presented in recital by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and in New York by both the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall with the Met Chamber Orchestra and has been on several U.S. tours with Musicians from Marlboro.

A native of Sandy, Utah, Tamara Mumford is a master of music candidate at Yale University and holds a bachelor of music degree from Utah State University.

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Tenor

Allan Clayton

Tenor Allan Clayton appeared in the World Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival, and in the 2012–13 season reprised the work at Netherlands Opera, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Wiener Festwochen, Bavarian Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His roles have included Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour; Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at New York City Opera, Covent Garden, Opera North, and Glyndebourne Festival; Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict for Paris’s Opéra Comique; Castor in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for English National Opera; Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Lampwick in the World Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Camille in Lehár’s The Merry Widow for Opera North; and Britten’s Albert Herring for Glyndebourne and Opéra Comique. He will reprise Castor and Tamino at the Komische Oper Berlin.


Recent concert appearances include Britten’s War Requiem (at the Royal Albert Hall) and Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage (2013 BBC Proms), both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra; Handel’s Theodora with Les Violons du Roy; and Britten’s Nocturne with the London Sinfonietta. He has given Lieder recitals at the Cheltenham Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has collaborated with pianists including Paul Lewis, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, James Baillieu, Simon Lepper, and Joseph Middleton, performing works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Richard Strauss, Wolf, Britten, Duparc, and Tippett.


Allan Clayton studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and Royal Academy of Music in London. An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and former BBC New Generation Artist from 2007 to 2009, his other honors include an inaugural Sir Elton John Scholarship at the RAM, John Christie Award, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

 

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Bass

Matthew Rose

British bass Matthew Rose studied at The Curtis Institute of Music before becoming a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2006 he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which earned him the John Christie Award. He has since sung that role at La Scala, Covent Garden, Opéra de Lyon, and Houston Grand Opera. Other past engagements include Colline in Puccini’s La bohème at The Metropolitan Opera; Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Covent Garden; Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at Glyndebourne and the Gothenburg Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne and The Santa Fe Opera; Claggart in Britten’s Billy Budd at English National Opera; and Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Welsh National Opera, Opéra de Lille, and the Bavarian Staatsoper.

In the 2012–13 season Mr. Rose sings Talbot in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at The Metropolitan Opera and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Covent Garden. Future engagements include returns to The Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne and debuts at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Mr. Rose has performed in concert at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh and Mostly Mozart Festivals. His orchestral appearances include, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel; Dresden Staatskapelle with Sir Charles Mackerras; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit; London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Harding, and Michael Tilson Thomas; and BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis, Jiří Bělohlávek, and Marc Minkowski. His recital appearances include the Brighton, Chester, and Cheltenham Music festivals, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

For EMI Mr. Rose has recorded Rossini’s William Tell (Walter Furst) and Wagner’s Tristan und IsoldeMessiah with Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; and other works. He recorded Tippett’s A Child of our Time and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with Sir Colin Davis for LSO Live and Liszt lieder with pianist Iain Burnside for Signum. His DVD appearances include Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Mr. Flint in Billy Budd from the Glyndebourne Festival and Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea from Covent Garden, all on Opus Arte.

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Chorus

Comprising students from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally acclaimed conductor of the past 80 years. Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the choir has sung more than 350 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone. The ensemble’s 2013–14 season includes performances of works by Beethoven with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Mark Laycock, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. Recent seasons have included performances of Verdi’s Requiem and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin; Berg’s Wozzeck with the London Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Villa-Lobos’s Chôros No. 10 and Estévez’s Cantata Criolla with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim. Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, NJ. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in teaching, sacred music, arts administration, and performance. 

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Director

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 Choir College, Dr. Miller is artistic director for choral activities for Spoleto Festival USA. His 2013–14 season with the Westminster Choir includes the release of its new recording The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder; several national radio broadcasts; a concert tour of Oklahoma and Texas; and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. 

As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise. Recent seasons have included performances with Sir Simon Rattle (Philharmoniker Berliner), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (The Philadelphia Orchestra), and Gustavo Dudamel (Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela). 

Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for two weeks each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton. Additionally, he leads the annual Westminster Summer Choral Festival, which welcomes singers and conductors to study and perform a major choral work with orchestra. The 2014 Festival will focus on Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, his recent residencies have included Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Temple University and the Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus.

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