Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard

I'll be back with the Gil Evans project for our annual residency at the Jazz Standard, but this year I'll ONLY be singing on FRIDAY, MAY 18th at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

The band will also be playing Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (without me). Thursday will be repertoire of Gil's from the 40s through the 60s. Saturday and Sunday will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Gil's collaboration with Miles Davis with the music from Porgy and Bess, featuring soloists:
5/19: Sara Caswell, violin (7:30pm set only), Scott Robinson (9:30pm set only)
5/20: Mike Rodriguez (7:30pm set only), Steve Wilson (9:30pm set only)

Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Reservations strongly recommended!

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Voices of Ascension
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Voices of Ascension

Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Bloch's Sacred Service

Featuring baritone Zachary Nelson, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera

Conducted by Dennis Keene

Commissioned in 1965 by the Cathedral at Chichester, England, for its annual choral festival, American composer Leonard Bernstein described his Chichester Psalms as popular in feeling, with sweetness along with more violent moments. Despite its brevity, the work possesses considerable scope, journeying through extroverted joy, prayer, anxiety, the warring of nations, and, with the last phrases of music, peace. And, while it is a setting of sacred Hebrew psalms, the Bernstein of West Side Story is unmistakably present.

Ernest Blochs 1934 Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) constitutes a milestone in the history of liturgical music: Sacred Service is the only composition on a large scale written for Jewish worship by a major composer. Built upon the text for the Sabbath Morning Service, its inspiration emerges from the human spirit, and as was Blochs hope, it transcends and embraces all humanity. Singing the central cantorial solo will be the brilliant young American baritone, Zachary Nelson.

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LA Philharmonic (solo!)
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

LA Philharmonic (solo!)

**I'll be singing the alto solos in the Bernstein for this concert. It's just two short bits, sung from the choir, but it'll be my first solo at David Geffen Hall, and under Dudamel! Very excited.**

Los Angeles Philharmonic 

Lincoln Center Great Performers Series

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

John Holiday, countertenor; Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Michael König, tenor; Davóne Tines, bass

Concert Chorale of New York ; James Bagwell, choral director

The Los Angeles Philharmonic under its brilliant director, Gustavo Dudamel, offers a celebration of the human spirit transcending international boundaries. In anticipation of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the LA Phil brings his Chichester Psalms, a hopeful blend of Hebrew verse and the Christian choral tradition, back to the hall in which the composer conducted its premiere in 1965. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, his final completed work, journeys from darkness to light, culminating in one of the most exhilarating finales ever created.

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Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Great Music at St. Bart's

Portals to the Divine: Radiance from the North

Join us for choral works by Northern European composers, all of which offer a testament of faith and a glimpse into a transcendent world. Including works by Jon Liefs, Eriks Esenvalds, Edvard Grieg, Ola Gjeilo, and Jan Sandstrom.

St. Bartholomew's Choir

Conducted by William K. Trafka

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Voices of Ascension
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Voices of Ascension

POETRY OF KINGS AND PROPHETS:
PSALMS FROM SPAIN'S GOLDEN AGE AND BEYOND

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Special Performance at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street, NYC

 

Presented in association with the exhibition of Jacob and his Twelve Sons: Zurbarán Masterpieces on Loan from Auckland Castle at The Frick Collection

Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Soloist

Voices of Ascension conducted by Dennis Keene

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Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard
May
25
to May 26

Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard

I'll be joining the Gil Evans Project for two nights of the four night Jazz Standard residency this year. NB: I'm only singing on Thursday and Friday night, May 25th and 26th, sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the band will be playing music from Miles Ahead. 

$30 cover, no drink minimum

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Voices of Ascension
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Voices of Ascension

Germany: Bach St. John Passion 

Operatic in its scale, dramatic arc, tension, characterizations, and resolution, Bach's St. John Passion is one of the towering masterpieces of Baroque music. The chorus has two alternating roles: one as a “Greek chorus” commenting on the scenes unfolding, and separately as the “crowd” participating in the events. From the first turbulent note of the orchestra, the music propels the narrative toward its inevitable tragic conclusion—and then, redemption.

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Derek Chester, Evangelist

Kevin Deas, Jesus

Sarah Shafer, soprano

Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano

Gene Stenger, tenor

Adam Dunbar, baritone

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Voices of Ascension
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Voices of Ascension

Spain: Granados, de Falla & Modernisme

The turn of the 20th Century saw the flowering of the Modernisme movement in Barcelona and a flourishing of music across Spain. Much of this concert will be entirely new to listeners, but will captivate the ear upon first hearing. Pablo Casals was renowned as a cellist, but he also wrote haunting, deeply spiritual choral music. Virtually unknown today, Enric MoreraManuel Blancafort, and Manuel Oltra composed exceptional works for chorus. De Falla’s El Amor Brujo for piano, Granados's works for violin, and an aria from Goyescas lead to the long-lost Cant de les estrelles. Written in 1911 for three choirs, piano and organ, Song of the Stars receives its second New York performance in collaboration with CUNY's Foundation for Iberian Music and the Hispanic Society. VoA received a Grammy Award® nomination for the 2007 New York Premiere live concert recording.

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Vanessa Vasquez, soprano

Francesca dePasquale, violin

Vanessa Perez, piano

Douglas Riva, piano

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Concert Chorale of NY w/ Budapest Festival Orchestra
Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert Chorale of NY w/ Budapest Festival Orchestra

Beethoven 9 conducted by Ivan Fisher

Famous for his unconventional interpretations that play with everything from staging to tempos, conductor Iván Fischer approaches Beethoven like no one else. Fischer and his “consistently glorious” Budapest Festival Orchestra (New York Times) present Beethoven’s last symphonies, beginning with the concise gem of the Eighth and ending with the “symphony to end all symphonies,” Beethoven’s rapturous Ninth.

 

The Artists

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer, conductor

Laura Aikin, soprano

Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano

Robert Dean Smith, tenor

Matthew Rose, bass

Concert Chorale of New York

James Bagwell, choral director

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New York Philharmonic - Messiah
Dec
13
to Dec 17

New York Philharmonic - Messiah

The New York Philharmonic performs Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall

December 13-17 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at 7:30pm

December 16 - Friday at 2:30pm

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Alan Gilbert, Conductor; Christina Landshamer, Soprano; Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano; Matthew Polenzani, Tenor; John Relyea, Bass-Baritone; Concert Chorale of New York, James Bagwell, Director

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Mostly Mozart
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Mostly Mozart

All Mozart program -- Mass in C Minor, and Requiem 

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Joélle Harvey, soprano (Mostly Mozart debut)

Cecelia Hall, mezzo-soprano (Mostly Mozart debut)

Alek Shrader, tenor (Mostly Mozart debut)

Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone (Mostly Mozart debut)

Concert Chorale of New York

James Bagwell, director

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KPLU Jazz Under the Stars
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

KPLU Jazz Under the Stars

I'll be returning to my alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, for their Jazz Under the Stars summer concert series. This homecoming will be twofold, as I used to open for JUtS headliners when I was a student. I'll be playing with local musicians Bill Anschellpiano, Ryan Donnellybass, and Steve Bentley, drums. 

The concert will be in the music building's open-air amphitheater, and seasoned concert-goers come early, and bring folding camp chairs, or blankets to sit on. Bring a picnic, and some cash to buy snacks, wine, and beer. It's a great hang.

Paul Tegels, PLU's organ professor will offer a brief concert during intermission in beautiful Lagerquist concert hall on the remarkable Fuchs pipe organ, and weather permitting, there will be stargazing available after the concert at Keck Observatory on campus.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to Lagerquist Hall. The closest access to the amphitheater is via Wheeler Street.

If you're in the Seattle/Tacoma area, come hear me perform in Washington for the first time in 12 years! 

FREE and open to the public

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Voices of Ascension
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Voices of Ascension

Masters of the Renaissance -- The Netherlands School

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the richest choral tradition in European history took root in the Low Countries. Renaissance polyphony continued to develop across Europe, but it all began in the Burgundian Netherlands, home to Josquin, Ockeghem, Isaac, Lassus, and Sweelinck.  This concert will be essential listening for lovers of choral music. 

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Special Guest with Duchess at Jazz Standard
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Special Guest with Duchess at Jazz Standard

I'll be joining Duchess members Hilary Gardner and Amy Cervini in some three part harmony tonight at Jazz Standard! If you're a fan of the Andrews/Boswell Sisters, you'll love Duchess. Featuring:

Jeff Lederer - saxophone
Michael Cabe - piano
Matt Aronoff - bass
Jared Schonig - drums
With special guest appearances by: Jane MonheitWendy Gilles (Gil Evans Project), Jo Lawry (Sting), Mike Sailors (Hot Sardines), Will Vinson,Josh Brown (Michael Bublé), & others!

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30pm

Cover $25, no food or drink minimum

Reservations Recommended!

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Voices of Ascension
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Voices of Ascension

Serenade to Music

(I will sing one of the 16 solos in Serenade to Music)

Leave New York behind and be transported to the lush and harmonious world of the British Isles. Vaughan Williams’ splendid Serenade to Music sets the tone for this sumptuous program of music and texts from across the pond. Other highlights include Parry’s stirring Jerusalem (“And did those feet in ancient times”) and his grand anthem Blest Pair of Sirens. Works by Holst will feature the shimmering Ave Maria for women’s chorus in 8 parts, and the inspiring hymn “I vow to thee my country” from The Planets. Excerpts from oratorios by Elgar and others will evoke the British Empire at its peak. And to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, we will be performing the three winning pieces of the Sorel Medallion, each work composed on texts by the great Bard of Avon.

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New York Philharmonic - Brahms Requiem
Mar
3
to Mar 8

New York Philharmonic - Brahms Requiem

Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor

Camilla Tilling, soprano

Matthias Goerne, baritone

New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Brahms created his profoundly moving, deeply spiritual A German Requiem in the wake of the deaths of his mother and Robert Schumann, a close father-figure. Soaring strings, transcendent voices, and powerful winds and brass create an “intimate expression of comfort” (The New York Times). Christoph von Dohnányi says it best: “The Requiem is one of the very greatest pieces Brahms ever wrote.”
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