The Music of Karl Jenkins

The Music of Karl Jenkins
Monday, Jan 19, 2015
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Karl Jenkins, Composer/Conductor
Karl Jenkins: Llareggub, US Premiere
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra

 
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International.
Karl Jenkins: The Healer, US Premiere
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International.
Lucy Knight, Soprano
Mark Watson, Baritone
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Chor Levantate e.V. Ulm
Jubilate Warwick Youth Choir
Lanark & Carluke Choral Union
Pembroke Community Choir
Setanta Choir
St. Hilda's Festival Chorus
St. Petersburg State University Choir
L'Echo des Follateres
Serial Singers gospel choir by Corale Rossini
University of Exeter Choral Society

Chor Levantate e.V. Ulm

Paraskevi Kontogianni
Bernd Scheitterlein
Chor Levántate was founded in 1984 and named after the song "Levántate" (Stand up) by the Chilean composer Victor Jara to symbolize the intention of the choir’s founders to promote human rights and peace in the world through its choral music. From modest beginnings the choir has developed into a full-fledged concert choir with up to 60 singers. For some projects the choir has been reinforced by other Ulm choirs to reach up to 100-120 singers. Amongst recent major performances with professional musicians and solo singers were Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Mikis Theodorakis' Canto General, Bach's Magnificat, The Armed Man and Requiem by Karl Jenkins an well as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Concert tours were undertaken in recent years to Japan, Chile and Portugal/Spain. For more details please visit www.chor-levantate.de
Hartmut Premendra Mayer was Levántate's Musical Director for 24 years. After his sudden tragic death in September 2014 the choir is deeply grateful that Paraskevi Kontogianni was willing to conduct the rehearsals for the January concert. "Patty" has studied Musical Education at Aristoteles University and Music (Violoncello) at the Conservatory as well as conducting at the Neon Odio in Thessaloniki, Greece. She continued her studies of Conducting at the University of Music in Detmold, Germany. She has been Musical Director of several Symphonic Orchestras and has widely performed internationally as a Cellist. She presently is Musical Director/Conductor of the Voith Orchestra Heidenheim, Germany.

Jubilate Warwick Youth Choir

Lanark & Carluke Choral Union

Philip Kenneth Fox
Philip Kenneth Fox
Philip graduated from Aston and Birmingham Universities before employment as a pharmaceutical research biologist for 30 years. However, following in the footsteps of his father, a professional organist/choirmaster, he obtained organ performance diplomas with the London College of Music and Trinity College of Music, London. For 37 years he was organist & choirmaster at St.John's Church of Scotland, Carluke and now offers peripatetic service in that capacity to churches throughout Lanarkshire. He has composed many choral items for Youth & Senior Choirs, as well as for the Lanark & Carluke Choral Union.
The Lanark & Carluke Choral Union was founded around 1972, by the current conductor, Philip Fox,with the late John Morton as accompanist,combining church choirs meeting in St John's Church,Carluke and Cairns Church,Lanark, Scotland. Apart from performing the major oratorios and cantatas of baroque, romantic and 20th century composers, they have included works by Poulenc, Rutter and Karl Jenkins. They have also regularly commissioned new works (including Nigel Don, Janet Beat and Julian Hodgson - a tenor in the choir).

Pembroke Community Choir

Setanta Choir

Una Murphy
Una Murphy
Una Murphy has more than 35 years' experience as a choral conductor. As a founder member, she took on the role of Music Director in 1980 and has been a driving force in developing the choir ever since. Under her direction Setanta has performed many of the classical choral works with all of the major orchestras and conductors in Ireland. Una introduced Karl Jenkins to local audiences with 'The Armed Man'. A recent highlight was a much acclaimed performance of 'The Peacemakers' in May 2013, making Setanta the first community choir in Ireland to do so.
Setanta, with a current membership of 70, is a mixed voice community choir from Dundalk, Ireland. Named after a legendary local hero, the choir was formed in 1978. Offering two concerts a year, as well as making appearances at various community events, Setanta brings performances of the highest standard to their audiences. With a repertoire that ranges form Bach to the Beatles, Jenkins and Whitacre, the choir loves to perform, to entertain, and have fun along the way!

St. Hilda's Festival Chorus

Stephen Maltby
Stephen Maltby
Stephen studied music at Colchester Institute of Higher Education. He was organ scholar at St Mary-le- Tower, Ipswich and was taught the organ by Harrison 'Fred' Oxley at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. In 1979 following postgraduate studies in early music and organ building and design at Dartington College of Arts, he became Assistant Director of music at Great Grimsby Parish Church. He then went to Liverpool University to train as a teacher, continuing his organ studies with Noel Rawsthorne. He sang as an alto lay-clerk in the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and bass in the University Chamber Choir. In 1985 he became Organist and Choirmaster at Rainhill Parish Church and directed the Ralton Orpheus Choir in major choral works. In 1989 he moved toWhitby and became Organist at St Hilda's Church, Westcliff and Head of Music at Caedmon School. He also became Musical Director of The Dalesmen Singers, the Tuesday Singers and St Hilda's Festival Chorus and Orchestra and has toured with them at home and abroad. Stephen has directed many major works with the St Hilda's Festival Chorus, including St Matthew Passion, Judas Maccabeus, Christmas Oratorio, Elijah & Creation. In 2006 he completed an MA in Music and Liturgy at Leeds University.

The St Hilda's Festival Chorus is a mixed choir of some 70 singers that rehearses generally on alternate Sunday afternoons in St Hilda's Church Whitby. The choir was formed in 1991 and performed its first concert, Mendelssohn's Elijah, in November that year under the direction of Stephen Maltby.

The concert was held in St Hilda's Church, Whitby and was accompanied by many local musicians who joined forces for the concert and thus later became known as St Hilda's Festival Orchestra. St. Hilda’s church has excellent acoustics and a fine Harrison & Harrison organ.

It was also recognised that a performance of Elijah would not be complete without four highly competent soloists. Consequently a relationship with Professor Mark Wildman of the Royal Academy of Music, London developed and Mark was only too pleased to provide us with excellent young student soloists from the Academy for this and many subsequent concerts.

Since that first concert in 1991 the choir and orchestra have performed many works together.

A feature of recent programmes has been a biennial concert in support of “Voices for Hospices” which have raised significant funds for the local St. Catherine’s Hospice. These are generally of a lighter nature and conclude with a “Last Night of The Proms” style programme.

St. Petersburg State University Choir

Eduard Krotman
Eduard Krotman
Eduard Krotman is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Choir School. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1992 as a choral conductor and in 2012 obtained the qualification of symphony orchestra conductor. Eduard Krotman was awarded a diploma and a special prize at the International Choral Competition in Tallinn in 1991. He has worked as Principal Chorus Master at the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera House and as Principal Conductor of the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir. Eduard Krotman has conducted the St. Petersburg State University Students' Choir for 20 years.
The St. Petersburg State University Students' Choir, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest amateur choirs in Russia. Students and teachers from various faculties in the University are members of the choir, which numbers over 100 singers. The choir's repertoire is concentrated mainly on oratorios and cantatas, but also includes Mahler's 8th Symphony, Orff's Carmina Burana and the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi. The Students' Choir gave the first performances in Russia of Martin Palmeri's Tango Mass and Karl Jenkins's Mass for Peace and Requiem. Besides major choral works, the choir's repertoire also includes delicate a cappella miniatures and folk songs. The choir has sung with the orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia and the Mariinsky Theatre and has toured successfully in European countries.

L'Echo des Follateres

Thierry Epiney
Thierry Epiney
Thierry Epiney, aged 28, graduated from the Music universities of Geneva and Zurich. Following his second master, he specialized in the composition of music for movies, theater and advertising. Appreciating eclecticism, his musical palette ranges from orchestral to electronic music. However, his specialty remains hybrid music. To date, he has composed for more than forty different occasions. Thierry conducts several choirs, including a children's and a youth choir since nine years. He has been at the head of Echo des Follatères since four years. He has also regularly been commissioned to prepare choirs for important events.
Founded 1945, our ensemble of 40 amateur singers is named after “Les Follateres”, a stunning nature reserve and a fabulous setting on the Rhone river, 30 miles upstream from the Lake of Geneva. The aim of the choir is to discover and celebrate the choral tradition of the whole world, for the pleasure of singing as well as to entertain and enlighten our community’s life. The group often takes part in choral festivals and strives for the best performance of the presented works. Our repertoire encompasses a diverse range of musical styles, secular and sacred, from classics to more entertaining, lighter songs, sung in a variety of languages, both a cappella and accompanied selections. Recently, it has been enriched with compositions of our conductor Thierry Epiney. Significant events in the history of the choir include our participation to the Montreux International choral Festival and performances on Swiss Radio Television programmes.

Serial Singers gospel choir by Corale Rossini

Massimo Carpegna
Massimo Carpegna
Massimo Carpegna (Turin, 1955) Graduated in Choral Music and Conducting and has followed specialized courses in Orchestra Conducting. For the Alpine Ski World Championship opening ceremony, Bormio 2005, he composed the score It's Time to Celebrate, transmitted worldwide. For the Winter Sport Italian Federation he composed the official anthem, Honour and Glory. Carpegna also composed the anthem The Five Rings for the Olympic Games in Turin, 2006, transmitted by RAISAT Sport. Since 1984 he has taught Choral Practice and Music and Moving Image at the Conservatoire in Modena. Carpegna has recorded nine CDs with his compositions; he also organised the tutorial with Mirella Freni, The Puccinian Heroines, and collaborated in the documentary, Luciano Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, produced by the New York Center of Visual History. Since 2012 he is the principal conductor of the Serial Singers part of Associazione Gioacchino Rossini, Modena, Italy.

www.massimocarpegna.com
Serial Singers Gospel Choir was founded in Modena, Italy in 1994, and since 2012 is affiliated to the "Associazione Corale Rossini" a choir founded in 1887 where Luciano Pavarotti started as chorister and solo voice. www.coralerossini.it. In 2013 the Serial Singers performed Adiemus by Karl Jenkins in Modena Opera house “Luciano Pavarotti” with Parma Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire is mainly made up of spiritual and gospel classics but also excerpts from well-known musicals and some interpretations of modern and pop music. The choir has recorded 3 CDs and performed in many concerts, musicals and festivals. In 2001 they performed in the musical Fiddler on the Roof and in 2004 Jesus Christ Superstar in Modena, and in other Italian theaters. In May 2006 they won the 1st National Competition for Italian Gospel Choirs "Venice Gospel Festival."

University of Exeter Choral Society

Maria Liu
Maria Y. Liu
Maria Liu is a third year Accounting and Finance student at the University of Exeter. She is a singer and pianist and has taken up the violin and the cello at the age of 19. Inspired by her former choir conductor, she has taken a great interest in conducting and music education which are potentially the focus of her future career. She is currently President of the University of Exeter Choral Society and plays the violin in the University Symphony Orchestra. Maria hopes very much to study music after she graduates and work as a professional musician in the future.
University of Exeter Choral Society is one of the biggest music societies in Exeter University and is the largest un-auditioned choir on campus. We are a mixture of students and associate members (including alumni, staff and members of the community) who meet for the love of great choral works. We are directed by Roberto Gallo. Recent performances have included Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Our successful performance of “The Armed Man” in Exeter Cathedral earned us this once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the US premiere of “The Healer”.