• Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013

    The Weill Music Institute Brings Young Singers From From Across the Country to Perform at Carnegie Hall in the Culminating Concert of Its National High School Choral Festival on Saturday, April 20

    John Nelson Conducts High School Choirs in Mozart’s Requiem, Featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Acclaimed Soloists  
    On Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, three top high school choirs from Kansas, New Jersey, and Texas will get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform Mozart’s Requiem on the Carnegie Hall stage with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of renowned conductor John Nelson in the culminating performance of The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival. The concert also features outstanding professional singers—soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Russell Thomas, and bass-baritone John Relyea—as guest soloists.

    This concert is the culmination of a year-long program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, in which choral director Kent Tritle has worked with each choir and their directors in their own hometowns to prepare these young singers for the performance of a major piece of repertoire. Four days prior to the concert, the choirs will travel to New York City for a series of intensive rehearsals as a joint chorus. Mr. Tritle and Mr. Nelson will coach the combined choir and concert soloists as part of these rehearsals. Choirs will also have the opportunity to perform selections of their own repertoire led by their directors on the first half of the April 20 concert.

    The three choirs selected to participate in the National High School Choral Festival are as follows.

    The Arlington High Chamber Singers, of Arlington, Texas, under the direction of Dinah Menger and Mason Barlow, is an extracurricular ensemble that meets for 6 hours a week outside of the required school day. These dedicated singers pride themselves on self-discipline, immersion in challenging repertoire, and producing performances of the highest caliber. The Chamber Singers excel in athletics, other arts, academics, student leadership, and community service.

    The Blue Valley Northwest Chorale, conducted by Kevin Coker, is the premiere auditioned large vocal ensemble at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. Comprised primarily of juniors and seniors, this 88-voice choir places high value on music literacy and musicianship skills. The Chorale has earned top honors at Festivals throughout the Midwest and has received invitations to perform in festivals across the United States. Committed to the performance of new music, the Blue Valley Northwest Choral Department commissioned a new work by Joshua Shank, which will have its premiere in the spring of 2014.

    The North Jersey Homeschool Association Chorale, conducted by Beth Prins, was founded in 1994 and attracts high school students from across the tri-state region. This auditioned ensemble has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Notre Dame Cathedral (France), and the historic Orchestra Hall in Chicago. In 2012, they appeared at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. Although noted for their expressive rendering of classical and sacred literature, much of the group’s energy is devoted to the research and performance of indigenous folk music.

    About the Artists
    Internationally renowned for his interpretation of great sacred choral repertoire, John Nelson has conducted most of the world's top orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Nelson's varied repertoire has also taken him to many of the world's major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and the Netherlands Opera. He is currently conducting a DVD series of live performances of sacred choral repertoire, including Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie, and Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Mr. Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for his recording of Handel's Semele on the Deutsche Grammophon label and a Diapason d'Or de l'Année for Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict on Erato.

    Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The 2012-2013 season marks his sixth season as music director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York, and his eighth season as music director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus. In addition, Mr. Tritle is director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. He is the host of the weekly radio show “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle,” a weekly hour-long radio program on New York’s Classical 105.9 WQXR devoted to the vibrant genre of choral music and the breadth of activity in the choral community. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

    Now entering its 38th year, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s is one of America’s foremost and most versatile chamber orchestras. Dedicated to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond, St. Luke’s performs approximately 75 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each year—including an annual chamber music and orchestra series at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra collaborates regularly with the world’s great artists, such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. Committed to community-building, St. Luke’s produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs, and has engaged more than one million children in its arts education programs. OSL’s stellar 70 plus discography includes four releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, the Weill Music Institute inspires audiences of all ages, nurtures tomorrow’s musical talent, and harnesses the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with educators and music lovers around the globe. More than 400,000 people each year engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall.

    Program Information
    Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Orchestra of St. Luke's
    John Nelson, Conductor
    Nicole Cabell, Soprano
    Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano
    Russell Thomas, Tenor
    John Relyea, Bass-Baritone
    Kent Tritle, Chorus Director

    Blue Valley Northwest High School Chorale
    Arlington High Chamber Singers
    North Jersey Homeschool Association Chorale

    ERIC WHITACRE "Water Night"
    TRADITIONAL "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" (arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory)
    MORTEN LAURIDSEN “En une seule fleur” from Les Chansons des Roses
    MANUEL CARDOSO “Introitus” from Requiem for Six Voices
    ERIC WHITACRE “With a Lily in Your Hand” from Three Flower Songs
    DANIEL READ “Windham” (arr. Brad Holmes)
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH "Come Sweet Death" (arr. Rhonda Sanberg)
    WILLIAM BYRD "Sing Joyfully"
    TRADITIONAL “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” (arr. Moses Hogan)

    The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival is made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from S. Donald Sussman and the Citi Foundation.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $20 to $40, and $10 student tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer. In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts
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