Tickets: Adult $49, Student $17.50, Youth $7.50
Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Stephen Ledbetter at 7PM in Washburn Hall (Mechanics Hall 2nd floor) - free and open to all ticket holders!
Read Telegram & Gazette/Richard Duckett feature article from last year's Festival Singers performing with the Chorus for Handel's Messiah.
Music Review in Telegram & Gazette by Joyce Tamer "...Worcester Chorus Performs Glorious Messiah..."
The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester has the unique distinction of being one of the most outstanding ongoing choral groups in the United States, having been founded in 1858 to sing in the first annual Worcester Music Festival in the newly-built Mechanics Hall. Its repertoire includes not only the Western world's finest choral masterpieces, but also contemporary literature, arrangements of American folk songs, classics from the musical theater, and commissioned works. Each year the chorus performs with orchestras and soloists in Mechanics Hall as part of the Music Worcester season, including an annual performance of Handel's Messiah. The Worcester Chorus has also made guest appearances throughout the Northeast and overseas.
For over 100 years, this annual Messiah holiday concert has served as a local tradition and an integral part of the Worcester Music Festival! We will be joined by high school students through our Festival Singers program, an educational outreach effort of the Chorus for interested local students, currently including participants from South Community High School and Wachusett Regional High School.
About the soloists:
The American soprano, Roberta Anderson, has performed extensively throughout the USA, Europe and Canada, winning praise for her “sweet tone” and “exquisitely refined musicianship”. She has been a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Emmanuel Music, Concerto Köln, Boston Baroque, Aston Magna Festival, Spectrum Singers, Cantata Singers, Boston Camerata, and Coro Allegro.
Roberta Anderson may also be heard on numerous recordings, most recently on Emmanuel Music’s newly released Bach Cantatas for the 1st and 2nd Sundays after Trinity.
American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “flexible technique and ripe color,” “sterling voice,” and “graceful allure,” on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall, Prague’s Smetana Hall, and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of Harry Christophers. Other recent solo appearances include the Charlotte Symphony (Messiah), Music Worcester (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), L’academie (Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus), Back Bay Chorale (Bach Magnificat), the Brookline Symphony (Sea Pictures), the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, the Chorus of Westerly (Dvořak Stabat Mater), the White Mountain Bach Festival (Vivaldi’s Salve Regina), Opera Boston (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), and Boston Lyric Opera (Rusalka); she is often featured on the Marsh Chapel Choir Bach Cantata Series. Awards include the prestigious Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival (2013), the American Prize in the Oratorio and Art Song divisions (2013), and second place in the New England Regional NATSAA competition (2014).
It is his ability to reveal the meaning and emotion embodied in the text and the music that has solidified William Hite’s reputation as an engaging and expressive artist. He has performed orchestral engagements, recitals and operas throughout North America and in Europe in some of the world’s most prestigious and interesting venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, Versailles, the Herodion at the foot of the Acropolis and Theatre de la Ville in Paris.
Woodrow Bynum was born in Arkansas in 1975 and began pursuing his musical education at The Interlochen Arts Academy before graduating summa cum laude from The University of Michigan. Following a residency at The Detroit Opera House, Bynum moved to New York City and studied at The Juilliard School and sang in the choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. He studied voice with Lorna Haywood, Rita Shane and Beverley Peck Johnson, and his other musical influences include Robert Glasgow, Gerre Hancock and John Scott. As a professional singer, heappears regularly in concert with orchestras and choirs alike. He has been lauded by The New York Times for his “fine free baritone register” and The Dallas Morning News as “...a gorgeous oiled-walnut baritone, elegant diction and delivery.” Recent solo appearances include Messiah with Dallas Bach Society, and St. John Passion with Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. With Albany Pro Musica he was soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Durufle’s Requeim and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. He has also appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. as well as Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
He marked his debut with The Handel & Haydn Society at Boston Symphony Hall singing the bass solo in Dixit Dominus (Handel). In addition to his singing engagements, Bynum serves as Director of Music for The Cathedral of All Saints where he conducts The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, the oldest continuously performing ensemble of its kind in the US.