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Handel's Messiah

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$32-161

Duration

2 hours & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

12

Dec, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

13

Dec, 2017

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

14

Dec, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

15

Dec, 2017

Friday, 11:00 AM

16

Dec, 2017

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Presented by Gary W. Parr


The Philharmonic’s performances of Messiah are without question the quintessential, don’t-miss holiday event for music lovers. This is Handel’s inspired musical fireworks and some of the most glorious choral writing ever created, making this the undisputed favorite during the holiday season. Hallelujah!

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Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Andrew Manze

Conductor

Andrew Manze

Conductor

Andrew Manze

Conductor

Andrew Manze is celebrated for his inspirational conducting, extensive and scholarly knowledge of repertoire, skillful communication, and boundless energy. He became principal conductor of Hannover’s NDR Radiophilharmonie in the 2015–16 season; his contract has been renewed, for the second time, until the summer of 2021. In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany and Austria, they toured China and South Korea in 2016 with András Schiff. In 2017–18 they tour the U.K. and return to the Far East in 2019. They have embarked on a recording series for Pentatone, initially focusing on Mendelssohn’s orchestral works.

As a guest Mr. Manze has relationships with orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, the Hallé, Camerata Salzburg, and the Scottish and Swedish chamber orchestras. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival and has a close relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he is in the process of recording the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies for Onyx Classics.

In 2017–18 he makes debuts with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, and the Melbourne Symphony, and returns to the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics.

From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Manze was principal conductor and artistic director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, with which he made a number of recordings, including Beethoven’s Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) and a cycle of Brahms symphonies (CPO). From September 2010 to August 2014 he was associate guest conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and he was principal guest conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2011.

After studying classics at Cambridge University, Mr. Manze focused on the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in the world of historical performance practice. He became associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 1996, then artistic director of the English Concert from 2003 to 2007. As a violinist, he has released an array of CDs, many of them award-winners.

Andrew Manze, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and visiting professor at the Oslo Academy, has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and J.S. Bach published by Bärenreiter and Breitkopf & Härtel. He also teaches, edits, and writes about music, and broadcasts regularly on radio and television. In November 2011 he received the Rolf Schock Prize in Stockholm.

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Joélle Harvey

Soprano

Joélle Harvey

Soprano

Joelle Harvey

Soprano

A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey is the recipient of a 2011 First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, 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.

Ms. Harvey began the 2017–18 season in concert with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, performing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She subsequently makes her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and joins The English Concert as Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo. Additional concert appearances include a return to the New York Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah and an appearance with the Laguna Music Festival. In the summer of 2018 she returns to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for her role debut as Cleopatra in David McVicar’s production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, conducted by William Christie.

Last season, Ms. Harvey joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Pat Nixon in John Adams’s Nixon in China, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. In concert she appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival for Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem, which she also sang with the Kansas City and Utah Symphony Orchestras. She also joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Handel & Haydn Society for Handel’s Messiah, the National and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, and the London Symphony Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for John Adams’s El Niño. She also appeared in concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. She concluded the season with a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, a role she also performed at the BBC Proms.

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano is noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre. Winner of a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award, she joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and was the First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions.

Ms. Cano has given more than 100 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, with recent roles including Bersi in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and Wellgunde and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Other appearances include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Boston Lyric and Arizona Operas, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo et Eurydice with Des Moines Metro Opera, Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, and Marguerite in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust with the Tucson Symphony. She has worked with conductors including Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck, James Levine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robert Spano, Osmo Vänskä, and Franz Welser-Möst. Last season, she made her European debut performing John Adams’s El Niño on tour with Mr. Adams and the London Symphony Orchestra in London and Paris, and with Markus Stenz and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw.

In 2017–18 Ms. Cano portrays Orfeo with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Sharp Eared Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Vienna, and Luxembourg. Orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Atlanta, Phoenix, and Charlotte symphony orchestras; Mozart’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

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Ben Bliss

Tenor

Ben Bliss

Tenor

Ben Bliss New York Philharmonic

Tenor

In the 2017–18 season American tenor Ben Bliss will sing the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at The Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, and Oper Frankfurt. He also makes his Opera Philadelphia house debut as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and sings the role of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he also returns to Santa Fe Opera in his role debut as Robert Wilson in John Adams’s Dr. Atomic in a production directed by Peter Sellars, and performs Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic.

Ben Bliss’s 2016–17 season included a U.S. recital tour with pianist Lachlan Glen, with stops at Carnegie Hall, the Folly Theater in Kansas City as part of the Harriman-Jewell series, and the Theater of the Arts at the University of District of Columbia as part of the Vocal Arts DC Emerging Artists series. Mr. Bliss’s operatic appearances included returns to The Metropolitan Opera, first as Tamino and then as Steuermann in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other opera appearances included Belmonte in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Atlanta Opera; Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in his role and house debuts with Boston Lyric Opera; and Camille, the Count de Rosillon, in Lehár’s The Merry Widow in concert for his house and role debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

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Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Andrew Foster Williams

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams enjoys a vibrant career on both the opera and concert stage, and is graced with a vocal versatility that allows him to present a repertoire ranging from the classics of Bach, Gluck, Handel, and Mozart through to more recent masters such as Britten, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Wagner.

His concert repertoire includes Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Brahms’s A German Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. He has collaborated with conductors including David Afkham, Herbert Blomstedt, Teodor Currentzis, Colin Davis, Philipe Herreweghe, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hervé Niquet, Vasily Petrenko, David Robertson, Ulf Schirmer, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart.

Highlights of his 2017–18 season include Telramund in Wagner’s Lohengrin at La Monnaie in a new production by Olivier Py conducted by Alain Altinoglu, Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande directed by René Koering and led by Yves Abel for Ópera de Oviedo, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris conducted by Christophe Rousset, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen in a Kasper Holten production conducted by Paolo Carignani and Jordan de Souza at the Bregenzer Festspiele, and fully staged performances of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with Franz Welser-Möst leading The Cleveland Orchestra.

On the concert stage, Andrew Foster-Williams joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, the Sydney Symphony for Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Bach’s Ich habe genug, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for a concert and recording of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. International performances of Handel’s Messiah bring the artist to the New York Philharmonic and to Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain.

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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 is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. It has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors for the past 84 years, and the choir has sung more than 500 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.

In addition to the Philharmonic’s performances of Messiah, the ensemble’s 2017–18 season includes Holst’s The Planets with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru; the World Premiere of Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Voices with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Pablo Heras-Casado; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, led by Rossen Milanov; and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, led by Joe Miller.

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 then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

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 — and is director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Miller also serves as artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. His 2017–18 season with the Westminster Choir includes a concert tour of the Midwest, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton, its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, and the release of a new recording. 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. He 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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