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Holidays with the NY Phil

Handel’s Messiah at The Riverside Church

Location

The Riverside Church

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Price Range

$73–255

Duration

2 Hours 30 Minutes with Intermission

Date & Times

14

Dec, 2021

Tuesday, 7:00 PM

15

Dec, 2021

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

17

Dec, 2021

Friday, 7:00 PM

18

Dec, 2021

Saturday, 7:00 PM

Event Info

Presented by Gary W. Parr

This concert is a Special Event of the 2021–22 season.

The Messiah of Messiahs! Dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing combine to make this oratorio the musical crown of the season. Grammy-winning Baroque specialist Jeannette Sorrell conducts the Philharmonic in the Neo-Gothic glory of Riverside Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Program To Include

Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Jeannette Sorrell

Conductor

Jeannette Sorrell

Conductor

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Conductor

Grammy-winning conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. She studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival, and studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against more than 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the United States, and the Soviet Union.  
 
Founder and artistic director of Apollo’s Fire, she has led the renowned period ensemble in sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, London’s BBC Proms, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Tanglewood, Ravinia Festival, Boston’s Early Music Festival, Library of Congress, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. She and her ensemble have built one of the largest audiences of any Baroque orchestra in North America. Ms. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 26 commercial CDs, including eight Billboard classical chart bestsellers and a 2019 Grammy winner. Her recordings include the complete Brandenburg Concertos and harpsichord concertos of J.S. Bach as well as Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Monteverdi Vespers, among others. 
 
In demand with symphony orchestras and period groups alike, Ms. Sorrell has repeatedly conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony, and she has led the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Opera St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Florida Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), among others. Upcoming debuts include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the New York Philharmonic. 
 
Jeannette Sorrell is the subject of Playing with Fire, the 2019 documentary by Academy Award–winning director Allan Miller. She has attracted national attention and awards for her creative programming, which has brought many new listeners to early music through the use of contextual and dramatic elements. She received an honorary doctorate from Case Western University and an award from the American Musicological Society.   
 

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Amanda Forsythe

Soprano

Amanda Forsythe

Soprano

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Soprano

Amanda Forsythe is a regular soloist with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of Baroque and Classical repertoire, Ms. Forsythe’s collaborations have included the Philharmonia Baroque at Tanglewood, Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn Society, and operas and concerts with Boston Baroque and Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). She sang Eurydice on BEMF’s 2015 Grammy-winning album of Charpentier’s La Descente d'Orphée aux enfers. Alongside numerous other recordings for BEMF and Boston Baroque, The Power of Love — her debut solo album featuring Handel arias with Apollo’s Fire (Avie) — earned widespread critical acclaim.

She performed and recorded the roles of Cabri and Carmi in Metastasio’s La betulia liberata with Les Talens Lyriques at Salzburg Mozartwoche. She toured Europe and the United States with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, performing works based on the Orfeus myth and recording the role of Euridice in the 1774 version of Gluck’s Orfeo (Erato).

Her major opera engagements have included Handel’s Semele (in the title role in Philadelphia and as Iris in Seattle), Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Rome, Seattle, Berlin’s Komische Oper), Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Amour in Gluck’s Orphée, Manto in Steffani’s Niobe (The Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante (Geneva, Munich), and, for the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), Jemmy in Guillaume Tell, Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims, and Rosalia in L’equivoco stravagante.

Amanda Forsythe has worked with conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas Kraemer, Nicholas McGegan, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, and Christophe Rousset. Her upcoming engagements include performances and recordings with Boston Early Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, and Les Talens Lyriques.

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John Holiday

Countertenor

John Holiday

Countertenor

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Countertenor

Countertenor John Holiday has performed at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican, and the Philharmonie de Paris. His career highlights have included a tour with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the role of the Sorceress in Barrie Kosky’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice as Orpheus’s Double at Los Angeles Opera; the world premiere of Daniel Bernard Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved with Opera Philadelphia and the Dutch National Opera; the title role in Handel’s Xerxes at the Glimmerglass Festival; and Caesar in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at Wolf Trap Opera.  
 
He also excels in jazz and gospel music, having opened for Grammy Award–winner Jason Mraz in concert. In 2018 Mr. Holiday sang the national anthem for the Houston Rockets, his hometown team, and in 2019 he performed at the star-studded Ozwald Boateng Harlem Runway Show at the Apollo Theater, a performance that was covered by Vogue, Forbes, and CNN, and attended by celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, and Dapper Dan. In 2019 he performed Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit at the Apollo’s Spring Gala. 
 
John Holiday received a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; a master of music in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, and the artist diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School in New York City. He grew up in Rosenberg, Texas, located near Houston, and attended the town’s public schools.  
 

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Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. An artist. with an incredibly diverse repertoire, spanning almost 500 years of music, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. He also an avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music; in 2010 he co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting this underserved repertoire. 
 
A celebrated recording artist, Mr. Phan most recently released Clairières (January 2020), a recording of songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger that received international critical acclaim. His album Gods and Monsters was nominated for the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album. His growing discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the world premiere recording Elliott Carter’s A Sunbeam’s Architecture. 
 
Sought after as a curator and programmer, in addition to his work as artistic director of CAIC, Nicholas Phan has also created programs for broadcast on WFMT and WQXR, and has served as guest curator for projects with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, and San Francisco Performances, where he served as the vocal artist-in-residence from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Phan’s programs often examine themes of identity, highlight unfairly underrepresented voices from history, and strive to underline the relevance of music from all periods to the currents of the present day.  
 
 

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Kevin Deas

Bass-Baritone

Kevin Deas

Bass-Baritone

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Bass-Baritone

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, having performed it with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and Florida Orchestra  and at the Ravinia, Vail, and Saratoga festivals. He has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the Eugene Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Alabama Symphony; Handel’s Messiah for the National Cathedral, Boston Baroque, The Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Houston Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Pacific Symphony and Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Chicago and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. Other recent highlights include performances with the Dallas, Portland, and Virginia symphony orchestras, the San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix, Colorado, Omaha, and Jacksonville symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. 
 
A proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Deas has performed Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. He enjoyed a 20-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck. 
 
Kevin Deas has recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Decca/London) with the Chicago Symphony and Georg Solti and Varèse's Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble and Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Vox Classics), Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society (Telarc), Haydn’s The Creation with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque (Linn Records), and Dvorák in America (Naxos). 

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Apollo’s Singers
    Jeannette Sorrell, artistic director

Apollo’s Singers
    Jeannette Sorrell, artistic director

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