Princeton Pro Musica Performs Handel's Messiah
Date: November 22, 2011
Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Princeton Pro Musica continues its 33d season of choral masterworks with their 41st performance of Handel’s Messiah. The concert, on Sunday, December 11, at 3 p.m., will take place in the same place Pro Musica first performed Messiah in 1982: the majestic Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.
“The Princeton Pro Musica Messiah performances have been an important part of my life since 1982. As I prepare to conduct this extraordinary work for the last time, I hope it will be a summation of the strengths and joys of the previous 40 performances.”
For this performance, Princeton Pro Musica is pleased to welcome back soloists who have delighted our audiences with their immense talent. Soprano Julianne Baird has been hailed a "national artistic treasure" (New York Times) and as a "well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque." It was also stated about her that "she possesses a natural musicianship which engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty." With more than 125 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Dorian and Newport Classics, Julianne Baird is widely acknowledged as one of leaders in music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
We are delighted to have countertenor Nicholas Tamagna join us in his debut with Princeton Pro Musica. He is the first winner of the Nico Castel International Mastersinger Competition (2011) and the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition (2011), as well as a Semi-Finalist (2011) in the first ever countertenor competition, Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award for Countertenors in Lugano,Switzerland. Of his recent performance as Farnace in Mozart's early opera-seria Mitridate, Re di Ponto, with Little Opera Theatre of New York, Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times praised his voice as; "...vibrant in recitative and with full, rounded tone in his arias. He grew in force and stability…and he understood the most important thing about this repertory: that ornamentation serves a dramatic purpose.”
Tenor Scott Murphree is a distinguished singer of the concert, recital and opera stage. His operatic repertoire includes Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Alessandro (Il re pastore), and Le Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues de Carmélites). He has also created roles in several world premieres of operas including Percy Bysshe Shelley in Allan Jaffee’s Mary Shelley, Arviragus in Christopher Berg’s Cymbeline, and Billy in Tina Davison’s Billy and Zelda. He has sung with the Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Delaware. His other solo concert engagements include appearances with the Eos Orchestra, the Mirror Visions Ensemble, the Newberry Consort, the Sioux City Symphony, the Southeast Texas Symphony and the Friends and Enemies of New Music.
Bass Elem Eley has performed in leading concert and recital venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and other New York City venues. He has appeared with the Symphony Orchestras of Buffalo, Charlotte, Kansas City, New Jersey, Sioux City, Springfield and Syracuse, the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, The Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center, the Calvin Oratorio Society, Oratorio Singers of Westfield, Princeton Pro Musica and many other presenting groups. Mr. Eley sang the title role of Don Giovanni for his debut at the Operafestival di Roma and has appeared in productions with the Opera Companies of Cincinnati, Hawaii, Shreveport and Syracuse, Athena Grand Opera, the Sylvan Opera Festival, Musica Europa 2001, and the Center for Contemporary Opera (including the world première of Vera of Las Vegas by Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon, and the video of Kalmanoff’s The Bald Soprano).
Executive Director and Princeton Pro Musica singer Mary Trigg looks forward to singing “Messiah” under Ms. Slade once again. “Frances brings out the drama in the score, which makes this oratorio engaging and fun to sing. Her deep knowledge of the text and the music adds a depth to our performance that I believe speaks to the audience on many levels.”
Princeton Pro Musica was founded in 1979 by Frances Fowler Slade and has grown to be the premiere adult chorus in Central New Jersey. The 100-voice auditioned chorus and orchestra exist to perform choral masterworks and other choral literature with uncompromising excellence. Princeton Pro Musica is supported by Discover Jersey Arts, NJ Council on the Arts, and the NJ Cultural Trust as well as private foundations.
Tickets are available by going to www.princetonpromusica.org, or call 609-683-5122.