Our 2016-2017 Season

J.S. Bach: Jesu, Meine Freude

 Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass
November 19, 2016 8:00 pm

with a pre-concert talk at 7:15

at
Littleton High School

56 King Street
Littleton, MA  01460

 

 


Johannes Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem”

April 29, 2017 at 8:00pm

with a pre-concert talk at 7:15

at
Littleton High School

56 King Street
Littleton, MA  01460

Soloists: Rachele Schmiege, soprano, and David Kravitz, baritone

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Hailed as “a charismatic baritone” by the New York Times, “magnificently stentorian and resonant” by Opera News, and “a first-rate actor” by Opera (UK), David Kravitz’s recent and upcoming opera engagements include lead roles at Washington National Opera (Davis Miller in the world premiere of Approaching Ali), Chautauqua Opera (Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes), Skylight Music Theatre (Scarpia in Tosca), Opera Santa Barbara (The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen), Grand Harmonie (Don Pizarro in Fidelio), Opera Saratoga (Don Magnifico in La cenerentola), Ash Lawn Opera (Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof), Boston Lyric Opera (Abraham in Clemency), Emmanuel Music (Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby), and the New England Philharmonic (Wozzeck in Wozzeck). He recently created the lead role of De Sade in Nicola Moro’s Love Hurts at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, Italy.

 

Acclaimed as one of “the finest dramatic concert singers active today,” Mr. Kravitz’s concert appearances include the Boston Symphony Orchestra (to which he returns this season for Der Rosenkavalier), the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, Boston Baroque, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, under conductors such as James Levine, Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, and Charles Dutoit. An exceptionally versatile artist, Mr. Kravitz’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Verdi to Sondheim to contemporary composers such as Matthew Aucoin, Mohammed Fairouz, Paul Moravec, and Elena Ruehr. Mr. Kravitz has recorded for the Naxos, BIS, Koch International Classics, BMOP/sound, Albany Records, and New World labels. His distinguished legal career included clerkships with the Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor and the Hon. Stephen Breyer.

RACHELE SCHMIEGE has been praised for her “incredibly crystalline voice” and “absolutely thrilling” portrayals. This season, she appears as Anne Truelove in Rakes Progress with Pacific Opera Project and Mimi in La femme Boheme with MetroWest Opera.  On the concert stage, Ms. Schmiege will be singing Soprano solos in Mendelsohn’s Elijah (Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus), Mahler 4 and Chants d’Auvergne (MidCoast Symphony) and Mozart’s Requiem and selections from the Magic Flute (Falmouth Chorale). Recent appearances include: Lucette, Cendrillon (Resonance Works); Soprano II, Hydrogen Jukebox (Nashville Opera); Elle, La Voix Humaine and Amy, Little Women (Opera on the James); Violetta, La Traviata (Hubbard Hall Opera Theater); Gilda, Rigoletto (Cape Cod Opera Outreach); Valencienne, The Merry Widow (Opera Providence); Dortchen Wilde, The Brother’s Grimm (Nashville Opera, US premiere).  Recent concert appearances include: Soprano soloist, Requiem, Verdi (Cape Cod Symphony, MidCoast Symphony and Pioneer Valley Symphony); Ein Deutsches Requiem, Brahms (Chatham Chorale); Mass in C minor, Mozart (Newburyport Chorale Society); Magnificat, Bach (Akron Symphony Chorus) and Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Mozart (Chatham Chorale).  Recently, Rachele placed second in the 2016 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition, Young Artist/Emerging Professional Division.  For more information, please visit: www.racheleschmiege.com


Antonin Dvorak “Te Deum”

with Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Brennand, Conductor

Jane Shivick, Soprano
Gregory Flower, Bass-Baritone

May 21, 2017

at
Mechanics Hall

Main Street
Worcester, MA

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