Britten War Requiem

The Worcester Chorus, Salisbury Singers, Master Singers, Sounds of Stow, and Worcester Children's Chorus will perform Britten's War Requiem

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 4:00 pm - Mechanics Hall


Britten - War Requiem

Adult: $35.00 - $55.00
Student: $25.00
Youth: $25.00

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After years of planning, The choruses of Central Massachusetts and Music Worcester are thrilled to present a choral collaboration, the likes of which Worcester has never seen, to perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at historic Mechanics Hall.

Under the direction of Chris Shepard, The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester will join forces with The Salisbury Singers, Master Singers of Worcester, Sounds of Stow, and the Worcester Children's Chorus for this presentation. 

Read about the conductor and soloists below:

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Over the last twenty-four seasons, John Daly Goodwin, Music Director Emeritus (1987-2012), has led the New York Choral Society to new musical dimensions as he builds upon an honored fifty-two year tradition of choral excellence. Under his direction, the NYCS has performed in the People's Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Israel, Austria, France, Italy, Greece and Mexico.  Mr. Goodwin has conducted more than ninety concerts around New York City, including forty-two in Carnegie Hall, seven at Lincoln Center, and eleven international concert tours, conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Broadcasting Orchestra, the Collegium Ducale in Venice, the Orchestre Symphonique Bell'Arte of Paris, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In his most recent guest appearance Mr. Goodwin conducted the Coro Filarmónico Universitario in two November 2011 performances of Carmina Burana.

In addition to his work with the NYCS, Mr. Goodwin serves as President of the New York Choral Consortium, Music Advisor to the September Concert Foundation and as a juror for the annual Ópera San Miguel vocal competition. He has served on the music faculties at New York University and Pace University, and he has also led the Choral Society of the Hamptons, the Westchester Concert Singers, and the Richmond Choral Society in numerous concert series.

Within Mr. Goodwin's extensive repertoire, he has specialized in the music of contemporary American composers. More than half of his concert repertoire includes works by John Adams, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Robert De Cormier, Lukas Foss, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Morton Gould, Charles Ives, Morton Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus, Conrad Susa, Randall Thompson, and others.


Angelic is the word that has most often been used to describe the silvery, pure, sweet tone of Esther Heideman's vocal artistry.  In 2000, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Licia Albanese Competition. In 2001, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut singing Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.  These performances were immediately followed by her debut with the New York Philharmonic in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and her European debut with the Prague Radio Symphony, singing in Mahler's Second Symphony.

Esther was raised on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin, and was involved in band, choir and church music from a young age, but never took a serious voice lesson until she was 19.  Originally attending the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire to become a music teacher, it was there that she discovered her true passion for singing and has dedicated her life to it ever since.

Ms. Heideman's career began with her Carnegie Hall debut, singing Handel’s Messiah.  Since this time, she has performed with major orchestras throughout the world such as the US Naval Academy, Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Pops, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing New Music Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, National Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Cincinnati   Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Boston Baroque, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.


The talented and versatile American tenor, Frank Kelley, has performed in concert and opera throughout North America and Europe. His 2014-2015 season includes a return to Florentine Opera in two roles – as Joseph in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights and in his stage directing debut for Elmer Gantry; as well as a return to Odyssey Opera in Boston as Victorin in Die Tote Stadt.

Frank Kelley appears on the PBS broadcasts of Peter Sellars’ productions of Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. He also has long associations with Boston’s premier concert organizations, including multiple performances of Bach Cantatas with Emmanuel Music under the direction of Craig Smith, Christopher Hogwood, and Seiji Ozawa; St. John Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society and the Orquesta Sinfónica Naciónal de Mexico; St. Matthew Passion with Boston Baroque and Emmanuel Music; Handel’s Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque; recitals of Schubert lieder for Emmanuel Music’s Schubert Series; and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His other concert appearances include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite with the St. Louis Symphony; Master of Ceremonies in Queen of Spades with the National Symphony Orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s The First Walpurgis Night with Roger Norrington and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Mr. Kelley’s recordings feature him in repertoire spanning ten centuries. They include three Deutsche Harmonia Mundi albums with the ensemble Sequentia: AquitaniaShining Light, and Saints; a Teldec release of Stravinsky’s Renard with Hugh Wolff and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Kurt Weill’s Das Kleine Mahagonny with Kent Nagano. His last release was a recording of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry which received a 2012 Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition as well as Best Engineered Album.

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Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is "fully powered and persuasively expressive”, Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge. Last season, he created the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera. Opera News praised, “In appearance and voice, Matthew Worth, as JFK, has the All-American charisma and power you expect from a twentieth-century president.” This season he will lead another highly anticipated world premiere with Beth Morrison Projects as the Young Monk in Scott Wheeler’s Naga – part of Cerise Jacobs' epic Ouroboros Trilogy.

Also lauded for his work in the standard operatic repertoire, Matthew’s Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) was deemed “vocally impeccable…open and incisive” by the Boston Classical Review. Other notable roles include Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Valentin (Faust), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia). He has performed leading roles at Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, under such luminary conductors as James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Andrew Davis.

Matthew is a committed recitalist and active concert soloist. He performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was praised by The New York Times as “simply superb, singing with exquisite sensitivity”. Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut in Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem under James DePriest while still a student at the Juilliard Opera Center. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the Richmond Choral Society in Carmina Burana and has since been featured in concerts with the Atlanta Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has performed with conductors Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano and James Conlon.

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