Messiah....Refreshed!

Messiah....Refreshed!
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014
2:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center OLD
SOLD OUT
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Handel: Messiah
Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens’ 1959 Re-Orchestration for Full Symphony Orchestra

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Messiah, Goossens Edition
Penelope Shumate, Soprano
Holly Sorensen, Mezzo-Soprano
John McVeigh, Tenor
Christopher Job, Bass
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Choeurs au Diapason (France)
Coral Municipal Zanzalá de Cubatão
Coro de la Comunidad Guatemalteca (Guatemala)
Douglas County Chamber Singers (GA)
The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus
Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus (WI)
Trinity International Concert Choir (Germany)

Choeurs au Diapason (France)

Annick Deschamps
Annick Deschamps

Born in Paris, Annick Deschamps early achieved a first award of flute. She joined the Paris Conservatory, then succeeded in joining the Geneva International Conservatory, where she obtained an award of flute virtuosity and the diplomas of orchestra conducting and lyric singing. In 1997, she participated at the Epidaure Festival (Greece) and sung in Italy and Germany. In 2003, at the Ravel Granados International Contest, she won the First European Lyric Song Award. She created Choeurs au Diapason in 2004 and organized concerts throughout France and several European countries. Deschamps is Choir Master attached to the Marseille Cathedral.

Choeurs au Diapason was set up in June 2004 by Annick Deschamps, musician, Choir director, conductor and professional lyric artist, holder of distinguished french and foreign honors. The Choir gathers 140 singers from the South of France, all of them volunteers. Its repertoire includes sacred songs, classical songs, gospels, movie music and modern songs. The Choir provides its support freely to charities and humanitarian organizations (Lions Club, Rotary Club, Unicef, Order of Malta). Up to now, the Choir has organized concerts in France (Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Chartres), Italy (Rome), Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp, Brugge), Spain (Barcelona), United Kingdom (London), Monaco.

Coral Municipal Zanzalá de Cubatão

Nailse M. Cruz began her music studies at the age of eight, in the Technical School of Music and Dance Ivanildo Rebouças da Silva in Cubatão, where she completed a technical course in piano and another in choral conducting. Working in choral conducting since the age of 19, Cruz holds degrees in music education from the Federal University of São Carlos, and a law and postgraduate diploma in municipal planning. She is currently responsible for the musical production of the Cenicomania Theatre Company as well as conducting the Cubatão Municipal Choir "Zanzalá", the Santos Municipal Choir, the Port of Santos Customs Choir and the Cubatão City Hall Workers Choir.
Coral Municipal Zanzalá, from Cubatão City, Brazil, emerged in 1978 at the Conservatório Musical de Cubatão (Musical Conservatory. With an experimental design, it has become a regional reference for technical quality and stage performance of its singers. Nowadays it has 60 singers, with an adjunt conductor, Fernanda Tavares. In the past 30 years, it has produced several shows: Alexander Nevsky, composed by Prokofiev; Opera Café, composed by Koellreutter; Opera do Malandro, composed by Chico Buarque; Queen Sinfônico (Queen Band) and Help! (Beatles), sharing the stage with Cubatao Symphonic Band. The group has developed an eclectic repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary, including Popular Brazilian Music, Negro Spirituals, Popular Songbook Choral and World Music.

Coro de la Comunidad Guatemalteca (Guatemala)

Betty Whitbeck, Heber Morales, Juliana O' Connor
Juliana O’Connor, Heber Morales, Betty Whitbeck
The Messiah Project in Guatemala started in 2004 by the Whitbeck family due to their love of the music and a desire to raise funds to help under-privileged children in Guatemala. It has been a great success and has made a worthwhile contribution to Guatemala. The Community Choir of Guatemala was formed and a program consisting of Part 1 of Handel's Messiah as well as a selection of favorite Christmas carols has been presented for the last ten years. Soloists come from the United States and they donate their time and talent to the project. This year the chorus consists of 90 voices and concerts are scheduled for December 9 in the National Theatre in Guatemala City and December 10 in the colonial city of La Antigua, Guatemala.

Betty Whitbeck, Heber Morales and Juliana O'Connor are all residents of Guatemala City. Betty and Juliana are originally from the United States and Heber is a native Guatemalan. The three are well-known in Guatemala for their love of music and for the desire to make a positive contribution to the community. They have contributed long hours to the Messiah Concert project in Guatemala – Betty as Executive Producer; Heber as Music Director and Juliana as Choir Coordinator and member of the soprano section of the choir. Now in its eleventh year the Messiah Concert project has donated funds to various educational centers and has become a Christmas season tradition for many families.

Douglas County Chamber Singers (GA)

Vickie Orme
Vickie M. Orme
Vickie Orme, founder and conductor, organized the Douglas County Chamber singers in April 2002. Ms. Orme holds a Baccalaureate degree in music education with an emphasis in vocal and choral music and a Masters degree in music education and vocal performance. She currently teaches private lessons in piano, voice and violin and has taught within the public school system as well. She has been involved as a choral conductor and soloist in church and community music organizations for over 40 years. She presently sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
The Douglas County Chamber Singers values musicianship, proficiency, community spirit, diversity, and enjoyment of music. Under the direction of Vickie Orme since 2002, The Chamber Singers aspire to provide high quality choral music to the Douglas County community. Members of the Chamber Singers have performed Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall and in Vienna, Austria. The Chamber Singers have also received both local and state recognition for their service to the community in 2012. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation and the Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing and commending the Douglas County Chamber Singers for their accomplishments.

The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus

Christine Day
Christine Day
Mrs. Day has a music degree from Iowa State University in Music Education and Performance. She is also certified in the Orff Levels and Master Class. This is her 40th year of teaching music in the public schools. For 32 years she has been Chancel Choir Director for the United Methodist Church in Wamego. She has received the “Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher” for the North Central District of the Kansas Music Educator’s Association two times, and Educational Teacher Award from the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Geary County “Shining Star” award, the Paul Bentrup Ambassador Award from the Santa Fe Trail Association and the Huck Boyd “Leader of the Year” award for the Santa Fe Trail education trips with students. 2015 will be Mrs. Day’s 32rd year as musical director of the Flint Hills Messiah Chorus.
Chorus History The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus and Chamber Orchestra traces its roots to the late 1980's when the KANZA conference of the United Methodist Church organized an ecumenical performance of 'Messiah' three times before the Wamego Council of Churches and a steering committee of volunteers from the area took the reins of the organization in 1991 and named it The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus. The all volunteer chorus has gathered each year since, except 2000, to perform portions of 'Messiah' during the Easter season. In the beginning, less than forty people sang in the chorus. Over the years the chorus has swelled to eighty members. Until 1998, an organist and pianist accompanied the chorus when the chamber orchestra was added to the performance. The instruments include violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, trombone, bassoon, French horn, piccolo trumpet, trumpet, keyboard, timpani, oboe and clarinet. Over the years, talented people have given countless hours in practicing and organizing this performance. It is truly a labor of love.

Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus (WI)

Brian Dearing
Brian E. Dearing
The Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus and Orchestra, Inc. (“MAMCCO”) is an ecumenical choir and orchestra formed for the purpose of enriching the lives of the residents of the Greater Milwaukee area by spreading God’s Word through music. Founded in 2009, the group, made up almost entirely of local volunteers, is in its fifth year presenting Handel’s Messiah at no cost to the audience. From its humble beginnings, MAMCCO has grown in dedication, size and strength to feature a talented chorus of 100 singers from 37 area churches, four soloists and a 19-piece orchestra.  At each presentation, MAMCCO offers the audience the opportunity to respond by collecting a voluntary donation for a charity to be designated by MAMCCO.
Brian Dearing has been an active church musician from an early age. His professional musical career began in 1979, when he became Organist and Choirmaster of St. Adalbert’s Church (R.C.) in Schenectady, NY. Since then, he has served four Catholic and two Lutheran congregations in five cities in the US and the UK. While living in the UK, he served as a clinician for the Northampton Diocese in Choral Conducting and Organ Improvisation. He holds the Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists and is currently Director of Music for Grace Lutheran Church in Thiensville, WI. In addition to his musical activities, he has a successful four decade career in business, and currently runs a private consulting practice. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Mequon, WI. 

Trinity International Concert Choir (Germany)

Jerrode Baker Marsh
Jerrode Baker Marsh
Trinity International Concert Choir (TICC) took root in the early spring of 2010, initially known as the “Messiah Project.” The goal of this initial project was to bring interested singers of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds together under the umbrella of sacred choral music, culminating in two complete performances of Handel’s Messiah on Pentecost weekend of 2011, in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. The overwhelming success of the concerts motivated the members to form a new official international concert choir in Frankfurt. The choir takes its name from its hosting congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, an international, English-speaking congregation in Frankfurt.
Jerrode Baker Marsh received her DMA in Piano Performance from UT Austin and has performed extensively in the United States, Germany, Austria and England. In 1998 she moved to Germany and has been regularly performing, teaching and conducting numerous choir concerts with orchestra. In 2010 she founded the Trinity International Concert Choir, e.V., which actively seeks to promote a high performance standard of work that reflect the diverse international membership of the choir, while simultaneously emphasizing the value of every individual within the choir. She is also the Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt.