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
I'll be joining the superlative choir of the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in their performance of Haydn's The Creation.
Danya Katok, soprano; Matthew Anderson, tenor; Jeremy Galyon, bass
Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola
Conductor: K. Scott Warren
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.
Derek Chester, Evangelist
Kevin Deas, Jesus
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano
Gene Stenger, tenor
Adam Dunbar, baritone
Music of Monod, James, and Wright
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 Morera, Manuel 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.
Vanessa Vasquez, soprano
Francesca dePasquale, violin
Vanessa Perez, piano
Douglas Riva, piano
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.
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
One of my favorite holiday concerts to perform...
The Vox Vocal Ensemble, under the director of George Steel, will perform holiday classics, as well as a world premiere by composer Stephen Currier. Floor seats go for $40 and standing room on the ramp is $20. For tickets, click here
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
For tickets, click here
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
All Mozart program -- Mass in C Minor, and Requiem
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
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 Anschell, piano, Ryan Donnelly, bass, 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
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.
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 Monheit, Wendy 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
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
A choral concert
COPLAND In the Beginning
BETINIS Carmina mei, cordis (Songs of My Heart)
MCFERRIN Psalm 23
BURLEIGH, arr. Deep River
HAILSTORK Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
WARREN, arr. Wade in the Water
Individual tickets: $25-$80
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.
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.”