Handel's Messiah

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Handel's Messiah

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-155

Duration

2 hours & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

13

Dec, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

14

Dec, 2016

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

15

Dec, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

16

Dec, 2016

Friday, 2:00 PM

17

Dec, 2016

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Presented by Gary W. Parr


Messiah's dazzling solos, instrumental fireworks, and glorious choral writing have made it the quintessential New York Philharmonic holiday tradition. Come experience the beauty and joy of this masterpiece as Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts. "The Philharmonic played with the weight and nuance that are in its DNA ... the trumpets made for a sizzling 'Hallelujah'" — The New York Times

Program

Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Christina Landshamer

Soprano

Christina Landshamer

Soprano

Christina Landshamer

Soprano

German soprano Christina Landshamer graduated from Munich’s and Stuttgart’s universities for music and performing arts. She is a versatile and internationally in-demand concert, opera, and recital singer, and has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Stéphane Denève, Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, and Christian Thielemann.

Last season Ms. Landshamer made her U.S. debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sophie in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, followed by concerts in New York with the Ensemble MidtVest at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. This season she returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Manfred Honeck, for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and appears twice with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, first in Handel’s Messiah (in December, marking her debut with the Orchestra), and then in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (March 2017), in which she will also perform during the Orchestra’s EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. She also appears with NDR Elbphilharmonie under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock in Haydn’s The Creation as part of the Elbphilharmonie’s opening festival, on tour with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées under Philippe Herreweghe in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt for Bach’s Mass in B minor.

Ms. Landshamer’s discography includes Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation led by Philippe Herreweghe (PHI), Bizet’s Carmen with Simon Rattle (CD and DVD on EMI Classics), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Chailly (Decca). Her musical versatility can also be enjoyed on various DVDs: Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Concentus musicus/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Unitel Classica), St. Matthew Passion and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (both Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly, Accentus), and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Nederlandse Opera — Opus Arte). This year she released her first CD of Lieder, featuring songs by Ullmann and Schumann, with pianist Gerold Huber.

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Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

On the concert stage during the 2017–18 season Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke appears with ensembles including the London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Dallas, Melbourne, and New Zealand symphony orchestras, as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal, frequently performing the music of Mahler, whose works she has sung on four different continents. She is sought after by the world’s leading opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Bordeaux, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Seattle Opera. In 2017 Ms. Cooke sang in two world premieres of contemporary opera: in the role of Laurene Jobs in Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera and in the title role in Nico Muhly’s Marnie at English National Opera. Known for her commitment to new music, she has also premiered works by Mark Adamo, William Bolcom, Laura Kaminsky, Lowell Liebermann, Marc Neikrug, Kevin Puts, Augusta Read Thomas, and Joby Talbot. Previous orchestral engagements have included the Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New World, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Shanghai, and Singapore symphony orchestras; The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; and the Orpheus, Los Angeles, and St. Paul chamber orchestras. She has worked leading conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Andrew Davis, Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, and Mark Elder. Last season, with pianist Julius Drake Ms. Cooke released Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol.4 on Hyperion Records. She can also be heard on the Naxos, Bridge, Yarlung, GPR Records, and Sono Luminus labels. Sasha Cooke is a graduate of Rice University, The Juilliard School, and The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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Matthew Polenzani

Tenor

Matthew Polenzani

Tenor

Matthew Polenzani

Tenor

Tenor Matthew Polenzani is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award and a 2004 Richard Tucker Award. Among his many roles at The Metropolitan Opera are Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Alfredo Germont in Verdi’s La traviata, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. He is a frequent guest at all of the leading European opera houses, including London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Bavarian Staatsoper; Opéra National de Paris; Vienna Staatsoper; and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. His repertoire also includes Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and the title roles in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Massenet’s Werther, and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.

Mr. Polenzani has appeared in concert with leading U.S. and European orchestras, and recent highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Chailly at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

Upcoming projects include roles in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (with staging by Robert Carsen), Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera, and Tamino at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Upcoming concert appearances include a performance of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

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John Relyea

Bass

John Relyea

Bass

John Relyea

Bass

Winner of the 2009 Beverly Sills Award and 2003 Richard Tucker Award, John Relyea has appeared on many of the world’s great operatic stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opéra, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg, Russia), and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden (London). His diverse repertoire includes the title roles in Verdi’s Attila, Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Rachmaninoff’s Aleko, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, as well as Bertram in Meyerbeer’s Robert the Devil, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Marke in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, King Phillip in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Caspar in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and The Water Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka.

In concert, Mr. Relyea has performed with major orchestras including Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Berlin, New York, and Vienna philharmonic orchestras; The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the London, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. He has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl; the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, and Mostly Mozart festivals; and at the BBC Proms.

This season Mr. Relyea returns to the Paris Opéra for Bluebeard’s Castle and to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Claggart in Britten’s Billy Budd; performs with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and makes his debut at the Teatro di San Carlo as Fiesco in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

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Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director

Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director

The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of Handel’s L’Allegro and Theodora, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other credits include the Brooklyn Academy of Music productions of Philip Glass’s Civil Wars, John Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed Gilbert & Sullivan at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase; a Haydn, Bach, and Beethoven series; and Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert led by Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at the Mostly Mozart Festival, including in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony (the latter with Gianandrea Noseda and with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation with Louis Langrée. For the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the last also televised on Live From Lincoln Center). Upcoming performances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bernstein’s Mass and Mozart’s Requiem at Mostly Mozart. The ensemble’s discography includes Lederer & Davis’s Kismet and Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI).

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2015 he was named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now while continuing his role as principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of The Collegiate Chorale; highlights of his tenure with the ensemble include conducting rarely performed operas in concert, including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, and Boito’s Mefistofele. He also conducted the New York Premieres of Philip Glass’s Toltec Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, both at Carnegie Hall. He has trained choruses for the Boston Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival, American Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras, as well as the Verbier and Salzburg Festivals. He has prepared choruses with conductors including Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, Robert Shaw, and Leonard Slatkin. He is professor of music and director of performance studies at Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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James Bagwell, Director

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