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Handel's Messiah

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$31-145

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. As a guest conductor, he has regular relationships with leading international orchestras such as the Munich, Los Angeles, Royal Stockholm, and Oslo philharmonic orchestras; Finnish Radio and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; Mahler, Scottish, and Swedish chamber orchestras; and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Camerata Salzburg. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

In September 2014 Mr. Manze became the principal conductor of Hannover’s NDR Radiophilharmonie. Together, they have embarked on a major series of recordings for Pentatone, the first of which will be released in early 2017. In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany, they toured China and South Korea in autumn 2016 with András Schiff as soloist.

In upcoming seasons Andrew Manze will make his debut with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has a close relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he is recording the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies for Onyx Classics.

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). Other posts include associate guest conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (2010–2014) and principal guest conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra (2008–2011).

After studying classics at Cambridge University, Mr. Manze focused on the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in historical performance practice. He was named associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 1996, and then served as 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 a 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 Mr. Manze received the Rolf Schock Prize in Stockholm, an honor that has previously been awarded to Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Kaija Saariaho, Jorma Panula, Gidon Kremer, and Anne Sofie von Otter.

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Joélle Harvey

Soprano

Joélle Harvey

Soprano

Joelle Harvey

Soprano

In the 2016–17 season soprano Joélle Harvey joins the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Pat Nixon in John Adams’s Nixon in China, The English Concert under Harry Bicket as Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. In concert she appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for Mozart’s C-minor Mass and Requiem — which she also sings with the Kansas City Symphony and the Utah Symphony — as well as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Handel & Haydn Society and the National Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, San Francisco Symphony in Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, and London Symphony Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw in John Adams’s El Niño. She also appears in concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and North Carolina Symphony.

Last season Ms. Harvey’s roles included Michal in Handel’s Saul with the Handel & Haydn Society and Inès in a concert performance of Donizetti’s La favorite with Washington Concert Opera, and she appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy.

During the 2014–15 season Ms. Harvey’s numerous engagements included repeat appearances as Sicle in Cavalli’s Ormindo at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Killkenny Festival; and role debuts as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with San Francisco Symphony and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera. She appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra (in Bach’s B-minor Mass), Tafelmusik, Handel & Haydn Society (Messiah and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Missa solemnis), North Carolina Symphony (Messiah), Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem), and Pygmalion Ensemble (Mozart’s C-minor Mass).

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (Wellgunde) received a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and a 2014 George London Award. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and made her Met debut in the 2009–10 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she made recital debuts with her husband, pianist Christopher Cano, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Ms. Cano has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras; the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Utah symphony orchestras; and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others, working with conductors such as James Levine, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Andrew Davis.

This season, Ms. Cano bows as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello at The Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, and Orfeo with Des Moines Opera. Her orchestral engagements include the Verdi Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and Enrique Granados’s Dante and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Monterey Symphony.

Ms. Cano makes her recital debut at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Brahms’s Two Songs, appears at Houston Da Camera Society with pianist Thomas Sauer and cellist Colin Carr, and performs with Christopher Cano at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and for Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Her summer festival appearances have included title roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Saratoga Opera and Bizet’s Carmen at the Savannah Voice Festival, and a recital at Boston’s Outside the Box Festival.

In 2014 Jennifer Johnson Cano released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival.

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Ben Bliss

Tenor

Ben Bliss

Tenor

Ben Bliss New York Philharmonic

Tenor

American tenor Ben Bliss is a 2016 recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award at Lincoln Center, on nomination by The Metropolitan Opera. He was also the recipient of the Mozart and Plácido Domingo Awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona, taking second place overall; first prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competitions; and a Sara Tucker and Sullivan Foundation grant. Mr. Bliss is also the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prize winner. Ben Bliss’s 2016–17 season includes a U.S. recital tour with pianist Lachlan Glen, which stops at Carnegie Hall in New York; Kansas City’s Folly Theater, as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series; Theater of the Arts at the University of District of Columbia, as part of the Vocal Arts DC Emerging Artists series; Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, as part of the University of California–Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures series; and in Cincinnati with Matinée Musicale. His operatic appearances include a return to The Metropolitan Opera, as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and as Steuermann in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as Belmonte in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Atlanta Opera, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress for a role and house debut with Boston Lyric Opera, and Camille, Count de Rosillon in Lehár’s The Merry Widow in concert for his house and role debut with Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. In the 2017–18 season Ben Bliss returns to The Met and makes debuts with Oper Frankfurt and Seattle Opera, among other projects.

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Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass

Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass

Andrew Foster Williams

Bass

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 repertoire ranging from classics by J.S. Bach, Gluck, Handel, and Mozart to works by more recent masters, including Britten, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Wagner.

Concert invitations have taken Mr. Foster-Williams to major stages with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors of our day, including The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Salzburg Mozarteum with Ivor Bolton, San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Richard Egarr, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Edo de Waart, and the London Symphony Orchestra with Colin Davis.

Highlights of Mr. Foster-Williams’s 2016–17 season include Les Voyages de Don Quichotte, a pastiche at the Opéra National de Bordeaux marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes, in which he sings the title role in a staged survey of music written by Falla, Massenet, Ravel, and Richard Strauss conducted by Marc Minkowski. He will also perform the role of Escamillo in a new production of Bizet’s Carmen staged by Kasper Holten on the lake at Austria’s Bregenz Festival.

On the concert stage Andrew Foster-Williams appears in performances of Bach’s St. John Passion with The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Minnesota Orchestra and Edo de Waart, Beethoven’s Coronation Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Richard Egarr, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland, under the baton of Paul McCreesh as well as with the Charlotte Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero.

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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 83 years, and the choir has sung more than 400 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone. The ensemble’s 2016–17 season includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert; Mozart’s Mass in C minor 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. He is also artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. Mr. Miller’s 2016–17 season with the Westminster Choir includes a concert tour of the southern U.S., several national radio broadcasts, the ensemble’s annual residency at Spoleto Festival USA, and performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona. 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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