PATRICK DUPRÉ QUIGLEY, CONDUCTOR
Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.
James Kim, conductor
Nola Richardson, soprano
Gene Strenger, tenor
Andrew Garland, baritone
Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO
Quite likely the most beloved choral work of all time, this oratorio, Messiah, has been performed annually since its premiere in Dublin in 1742. With Colorado Bach Ensemble’s presentation of the complete three parts, audiences of all faiths will find this magnificent work inspiring and exhilarating.
Since the 1742 premier as a benefit for the Debtor’s Prison in Dublin, Handel’s Messiah has become the most beloved oratorio in history. Handel stated: “I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wished to make them better.” Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms all admitted influence from the master!
Eli Spindel, conductor
With Molly Netter, soprano
The Angel’s Share concert series presents the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performing Pergolesi Stabat Mater alongside works by Barber and Pärt in the Green-Wood Cemetery crypt.
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
The performance is repeated on October 9 and 10. Extremely limited seating. Tickets can be purchased through the Angel’s Share website.
Steven Fox, conductor
Bach's motets were some of his only works not to fall into obscurity in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. The celebrated Clarion Choir will perform three of three of these beloved motets as a prelude to their performance of the Bach's B minor Mass in May, also in the glorious St. Jean Baptiste Church.
Brahms knew the Bach motets well, and in his own motets he pays homage to Bach as well as to the great polyphonists of the Renaissance. At the same time, Brahms' motets are the quintessential Romantic works, expressive and rich in their counterpoint.
Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118
Geistliches Lied, Op. 40
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, Op. 122
Warum ist Das Licht Gegeben, Op. 74, no. 1
Season Opener: Celebrating Ten Years of Musical Innovation
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7pm/Pre-Concert Reception at 6pm
NOVUS NY; The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Julian Wachner, conductor
Paola Prestini – “Sanctus” from Imaginary World of Wild Order: A Mass (2017)
Julia Wolfe – “Flowers” from Anthracite Fields (2015)*
David Lang – these broken wings: Part 3 “learn to fly” (2008)
Jessie Montgomery – Source Code (2013)
Julian Wachner – “Blood Rubies” and “Beyond Paradise” from REV 23 (2017)
Ellen Reid – “Lumee’s aria” from Prism (2018)*
Ed Thomas – “Anna’s aria” from Anna Christie (2018)
Trevor Weston – Given Sound (2007)
Du Yun – “Boy Angel’s aria” from Angel’s Bone (2016)*
Philip Glass – XII. Dedication from Symphony No. 5 (1999)
*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music
Music by Michael Gordon
Libretto by Deborah Artman
Directed by Daniel Fish
Conducted by David Bloom ’13, GCP ’15
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
“Unmissable..sublime...massive-scale cinematic revelations unfolding out of a seemingly empty space.” —Time Out New York
An homage to the campy and spine-chilling horror films of the 1940s, Acquanetta combines theater, opera, and film to explore the world of a real-life B-movie star with a mysterious past. Known for her exotic beauty, Acquanetta—aka Mildred Davenport—was the star of such cult 1940s horror films asCaptive Wild Woman,Jungle Woman,The Sword of Monte Cristo, andTarzan and the Leopard Woman, before she disappeared from public life. With a soaring and often comic score from Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon and text by librettist Deborah Artman,Acquanettaexamines the ways in which the movie camera manipulates how we see and are seen. A vivid cast of characters reveals their inner longings and emotional shadows in a haunting meditation on identity, transformation, stereotypes, and typecasting, set in the heyday of Hollywood glamour. This visual and musical tour de force is directed by Tony-nominee Daniel Fish, whose 2015 SummerScape production of Oklahoma! is now running on Broadway.
The Yale Choral Artists perform captivating and deeply moving choral works by living composers known all over the world for their exciting and innovative contributions to new music, and who all share musical roots in New Haven: Caroline Shaw, Christopher Theofanidis, Ingram Marshall, Michael Gilbertson, and Aaron Jay Kernis.
With Musica Sacra and the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the David H. Koch Theater (better known as the Former State Theater), Lincoln Center
TUESDAY, MAY 28—THURSDAY, MAY 30: 7:30PM
FRIDAY, MAY 31: 8PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 1: 2PM and 8PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 2: 3PM
Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola
Parish Community Choir
K. Scott Warren, conductor
980 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Georg Friedrich Händel Dixit Dominus
Joseph Haydn Harmoniemesse
A Prayer for Harmony: Peace in Music
James K. Bass, conductor
Seraphic Fire presents contemporary American works alongside traditional pieces that have called for wisdom and peace throughout history.
Tue, May 7, 7:00pm | Naples
Wed, May 8, 7:30pm | Miami
Fri, May 10, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, May 11, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, May 12 4:00pm | Miami Beach
Made possible by Alicia Celorio, Do Unto Others Trust, Inc.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC
Ever since the revival of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in the late 19th century, his choral and instrumental masterpieces have thrilled audiences in symphonic halls and at Bach Festivals throughout the country. However, since 1968, Holy Trinity has returned the sacred music of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries to its intended place, the church, presenting cantatas and motets during the historic evening setting of Vespers. This music takes on new life and renewed purpose inside Holy Trinity as it is accompanied by solemn processions, mystical chant, ancient texts, and sacred architecture—the setting for which Bach was writing. In the world of historical performance practice, it doesn’t get any more accurate. Simply put: we do Bach on Bach’s terms.
I will teach a masterclass and sing in a concert featuring four of J. S. Bach’s motets sung by an ensemble of 16 voices in an intimate setting, fused together with cello suites performed by Apollo’s Fire cellist René Schiffer.
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 II.
Allemande from the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major (BWV 1012)
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 I.
Prelude from the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor (BWV 1008)
Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 I.
Prelude from the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major (BWV 1007)
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
René Schiffer, cello Festival Chamber Choir & Orchestra Dirk Garner, conductor
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Eve Beglarian: Selected Songs
Daniel Felsenfeld: The Law Falls Silent, A Most Beautiful Death, To Clara (World-Premiere, BASS Commission), My Little Wicked Ways, Writing
Whitney George: A Night in Brooklyn
Clara Schumann: Selected Songs
Ruth Crawford Seeger: 2 Ricercari
Germaine Tailleferre: 6 Chansons Française
Marie Marquis, Laura Strickling, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano;
Michael Brofman, Miori Sugiyama, Erika Switzer, piano, Chris Gross, cello
Free Discussion with composer Daniel Felsenfeld at 7:00PM
Conductor: Atsushi Yamada
More info: TBD
The Chelsea Symphony with Matthew Aubin, conductor
Friday | 3.8.19 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 3.9.19 | 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street
French composer Fernande Breilh-Decruck, Cinq poèmes chrétiens (Five Christian Pieces) for voice and orchestra with text by French poet Jean Racine. Written and performed in 1944 in occupied France, Decruck was afforded performance opportunities for her works she would not otherwise have had. After the war, she was shunned and died at an early age. Decruck has special ties to The Chelsea Symphony - she lived in the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea from 1928-33; TCS co-Artistic Director Matthew Aubin is the foremost scholar on Decruck and is leading the charge on a resurgence in interest in her work. TCS welcomes mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney as soloist on this special performance.
Jaap van Zweden conducts Julia Wolfe’s immersive visual and musical event — featuring lights, chamber choir, video, and projection — that explores a seminal event in New York City, the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 that killed more than 100 young immigrants.
With The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor)
Directed by Terrence Malick
Wordless Music Orchestra
Presented in association with Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus
Part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival
A psychedelic supernova explodes across the cosmos; electricorange lava erupts like a fireworks display; a constellation of jellyfish ripples diaphanously in an azure ocean; and across the globe— from Austin, Texas, to the Australian Outback—human life buzzes and swarms. In his breathtaking, decades-in-the-making dream project, cinematic philosopher Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, Days of Heaven) presents an awe-inspiring vision of Earth: an elemental wonderland where the process of creation that began with the Big Bang never really ended. Alongside these ecstatic images of destruction and renewal, the Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus perform the exultant sounds of Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, and others.
Composed during the last days of his life, Mozart’s Requiem moves from tragic resignation in its opening to the fierce vigor of the “Dies Irae” and finally the intense pleading of the “Lacrimosa,” the movement left unfinished at his death.
Antonio Salieri, depicted in the movie Amadeus as Mozart’s nemesis, actually composed some extremely beautiful music, none more so than De Profundis. A simple, pure soprano chant gradually builds to a grandiose conclusion with full orchestra and chorus.
Virtually unknown, Joseph Martin Kraus’s Requiem provides a striking contrast to Mozart’s—lighter but equally haunting. The German Kraus later worked in Sweden, becoming known as the Swedish Mozart.
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Bang on a Can All-Stars perform this Pulitzer Prize-winning work in Pennsylvania at the Lackawanna Historical Society.
Julia Wolfe Anthracite Fields
Bang on a Can All-Stars; The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Julian Wachner, conductor
Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St, Scranton, PA 18509
Cathedral of St. John the Divine—Great Choir
Kent Tritle, conductor
Michael Sheetz, conductor
Bach, Buxtehude & Scarlatti
J.S. BACH Motet, BWV 225 “Singet dem herrn ein neues Lied”
BUXTEHUDE Cantate Domino
SCARLATTI Te Deum
SCARLATTI Stabat Mater
J.S. Bach’s jubilant motet, Singet dem Herrn for double choir, plumbs the virtuosity of every singer. We’ll also perform music by Buxtehude, one of Bach’s heroes. His motet Cantate Domino continues the joyful theme, as does Scarlatti’s setting of the Te Deum and his tour-de-force for the chorus, Stabat Mater.