Sunday, November 25, 2012, 2:00 PM

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J. Griffith

penny-shumate.jpg                P. Shumate

doris-brunatti.jpg                    D. Brunatti     


           J. Garza-Villegas


Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Handel: Messiah - Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens' 1959
Re-Orchestration for Full Symphony Orchestra

Penelope Shumate, Soprano
Doris Brunatti, Contralto
Jorge Garza-Villegas, Tenor
Liam Moran, Bass

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and Distinguished Concert Singers International

Distinguished Concert Singers International: Anna's Bay Chorale (WA), Trumbull High School Choir (CT), Hymnus (MN), Glacier Symphony and Chorale (MT), Joyful Band of Singers (NC), Hilo Community Chorus (HI), Messiah United Methodist Church Choir (VA)  


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  Ensemble bios
matthewblegen_web.jpg    M. Blegen  Anna's Bay Chorale (WA) The Anna’s Bay Chorale was formed in 2007 and quickly became the Anna’s Bay Center for Music’s flagship community music ensemble. The Chorale is a non-auditioned community choir open to any singer age 14 or higher with any level of singing experience and training. The Chorale’s season includes at least two masterwork concerts, including annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” the second weekend of December. In the past several seasons the Chorale has also collaborated with the Bremerton Symphony and Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale on programs featuring Bach, Bizet, Beethoven, Brahms, Puccini, Wagner, and more. The Chorale also supports Anna’s Bay’s programming for local schools by participating in joint concerts with local elementary and high school students, and is also heavily featured whenever Anna’s Bay produces a musical or operetta.

Matthew Blegen used to make his living singing the praises of others: first as an advertising creative on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later as a public relations executive for several high tech companies. Music has always been Matthew’s passion however, and throughout his corporate career he also performed regularly as a classical vocalist with organizations such as the New Jersey State Opera, New York Oratorio Society, William Hall Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Opera Orchestra of Los Angeles, Portland Pro Musica as well as serving as a studio musician on movie soundtracks and dozens of CDs. He completed his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington in 2006, studying with world-renowned tenor Vinson Cole. Upon completing that degree he founded the Anna’s Bay Center for Music, combining all of his skills with his love for music and his belief in its power to build community. He serves as the organization’s General and Artistic Director, and conducts the Anna’s Bay Chorale, South Shore Chamber Orchestra and Olympic Chamber Choir. Matthew has also been heard recently as a soloist with the Bremerton and Olympia Symphonies, and as of fall 2012 he is back at the University of Washington where he is working on his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and serves as assistant conductor of the University of Washington Chorale (recent recipient of the American Prize for their recording “Climb”). Matthew is also a member of the Skookum-Shelton Rotary and a co-founder of the Union Tourism Association.

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 anntornillo_web.jpg A. Tornillo  Trumbull High School Choir (CA)

There are five choral groups at Trumbull High School: Freshman Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Ensemble and Men’s Ensemble.Each of these groups performs regularly throughout the year and has consistently received high praise from experts in the field.

The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Ensemble, and Men’s Ensembles have also done extensive touring.They have performed through Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and France giving concerts at such notable places as Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica De San Francesco, Santa Maria del Duomo, Santa Maria Maggiore, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The choirs have also performed throughout the United States and Canada at invitational music festivals and on tour.

In addition, the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir have had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall on nine separate occasions. They have sung such major works as Choral Fantasy of Beethoven, the Durufle Requiem, Vesperae De Dominica and Vesperae De Confessore of Mozart, Te Deum of Haydn, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and the Nikolaimesse of Haydn, as well as three world premieres.Most recently, the choirs performed several works by composer and conductor, John Leavitt.

Additionally, the Trumbull High School Chamber Singers are very pleased to have the opportunity to share the gift of music with several community and charitable organizations in the area, as well as honors performances for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, and the American Choral Directors Association.

Anne Tornillo has been the Director of Choral Activities at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Connecticut for the past twenty five years. Ms. Tornillo is the recipient of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Excellence in Music Teaching Award; she has performed with the Connecticut Grand Opera for the past fifteen seasons, has appeared with Yale Opera, and with New Rochelle Opera, and has performed with several area choral groups as both soloist and chorister. Ms. Tornillo is thrilled to have the opportunity to share in the joy of music making with such an extraordinary group of students..

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                J. Stanard

 Glacier Symphony and Chorale (MT)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Glacier Symphony and Chorale is the premiere community-based musical organization in northwestern Montana. The 70-voice Glacier Chorale has performed such major works as Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and the Mozart and Durufle Requiems. A close-knit group of amateur musicians, Chorale members include physicians, dentists, lawyers, architects, teachers, writers, artists, and woods workers. Some singers commute as far as 150 miles round trip to attend rehearsals in Kalispell. Nineteen Glacier Chorale members have traveled to New York City for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center.

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What The Reviewers Said...


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With Thanksgiving behind us, it is not just the shopping season that has commenced at full gush: "Messiah" season has arrived as well. It is nearly impossible to track every performance of this splendid, celebrated 1741 Handel oratorio in New York during a given year, but as far as I can tell, credit for the first arrival of 2012 goes to Distinguished Concerts International New York, a producing organization known for mounting choral extravaganzas with singers from around the world.... 

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Written in the space of 24 days in 1741, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is a work with a storied performance history.  Premiered in Dublin in 1742, it has been a mainstay of the repertoire since. Using a libretto from Charles Jennens, Messiah is the story of Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection...

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