Messiah...Refreshed!

Messiah...Refreshed!
Sunday, Nov 25, 2012
2:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Messiah...Refreshed!
Lincoln Center Premiere of the Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens' 1959 Re-Orchestration for full Symphony Orchestra

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Penelope Shumate, Soprano
Doris Brunatti, Contralto
Jorge Javier Garza-Villegas, Tenor
Liam Moran, Bass
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Hymnus
The Joyful Band Of Singers
Glacier Symphony and Chorale
Anna's Bay Chorale

Hymnus

The Joyful Band Of Singers

Glacier Symphony and Chorale

James Stanard
James Stanard
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.

Anna's Bay Chorale

Matthew Blegen
Matthew 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.