2022 Messiah Soloists

Devon Guthrie, Soprano Grammy®-nominated American soprano Devon Guthrie made an acclaimed debut as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at English National Opera when she was still a student at the Juilliard School. Guthrie has won several awards and prizes in...

Program Notes | Fate and Finale

Sunday, May 7, 2023 / 4:00 pm EMILIE MAYER Born 1812, Friedland, Germany Died 1883, Berlin Faust Overture, op.46 Very few audiences today know the music of Emilie Mayer, but in the late 19th century she was one of those rarest people—a female composer whose…

Program Notes | One Love, One Planet

Sunday, April 16, 2023 / 4:00 pm FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Born 1732, Rohrau Died 1809, Vienna Symphony No. 6, “Le Matin” (Morning) Prince Paul Anton Esterhazy hired Haydn as his Vice-Kapellmeister in May 1761, and the composer immediately took up his duties at the Esterhazy palace in…

Program Notes | O Roméo, Roméo!

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 / 4:00 pm HECTOR BERLIOZ Born 1803, La Côte-St-André Died 1869, Paris Roméo et Juliette: Symphonie dramatique, op.17 Roméo et Juliette, which Berlioz considered his finest work, was shaped by three quite different events. In 1827, he went to see productions…

Program Notes | American Legacies

Sunday, Jan 15, 2023 / 4:00 pm GEORGE GERSHWIN Born 1898, Brooklyn Died 1937, Beverly Hills, CA Lullaby for Strings We so automatically identify George Gershwin with Broadway shows that it’s easy to forget he wanted to succeed as a “classical” composer. He considered taking…

Program Notes | Sounds of the Season

PETER ILYCH TCHAIKOVSKY Born 1840, Votkinsk Died 1893, St. Petersburg Selections from The Nutcracker Suite Early in 1891, the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg approached Tchaikovsky with a commission for a new ballet. They caught him at a bad moment. At age 50, Tchaikovsky was…

Program Notes | Firebird

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 / 4:00 pm CÉSAR FRANCK Born 1822, Liege Died 1890, Paris Symphonic Variations When César Franck died in 1890 at the age of 68, he was worshiped by his students and regarded as one of the great French composers at the…

Program Notes | A Thousand Nights

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022 / 4:00 pm LILI BOULANGER Born 1893, Paris Died 1918, Mézy-sur-Seine D’un matin de printemps The younger sister of the great teacher Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger was a musician of extraordinary talent. A student of Fauré, Boulanger was the first woman…

Virgina Lawrence, viola

  Virginia Lawrence began studying the violin at the age of seven in the music program of the Midland, Michigan public schools. In high school she converted to viola, seduced by its wonderful tone and the richness it adds to the chamber music and orchestral...

Jennie Baccante, Violin

Jennie S. Baccante, a Grammy Award winning San Diego native, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California with Robert C. Lipsett and her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School in New York under…

Rebecca Ray, English Horn & Oboe Rebecca Ray has degrees from Ithaca College (1994 BM, Oboe Performance and Music Education) and the University of New Mexico (1997 MM, Oboe Performance). Ms. Ray has an active performance career and Rebecca Ray has degrees from Ithaca College…

John Tiranno, Tenor

Hailed by The New York Times as “ardent and mellifluous” as well as a “clear-voiced tenor”, John Tiranno’s recent and upcoming engagements include opera concerts with the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, a performance of Mahler’s song cycle Songs of a Wayfarer with ChatterABQ, and…

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