Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:00 pm - Mechanics Hall
In line with our recent spring programs, Artistic Director/Conductor Christopher Shepard will lead The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester, with distinguished soloists and orchestra, in the performances of another set of classical-era choral masterpieces. No strangers to Beethoven, The Worcester Chorus will perform his Mass in C major, along with several other classics, on March 24 at historic Mechanics Hall.
Assistant Director/Conductor Brett Maguire, who also accompanies the chorus at rehearsals and at some performances, and also works with the smaller ensembles within the chorus, will lead the chorus for the Mozart Regina coeli.
Reviews from previous performances:
"The sinewy strengths of the Worcester Chorus were on full display - crisp attacks, niftily abrupt silences, clear articulation and gorgeous swelling sound" - John Zeugner (on the Worcester Chorus 2016 performance of Handel's Messiah), The Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"There are some gnarly parts in this Passion, but the entire piece was sung with textural clarity, secure rhythm and a lush and rich tone." - Joyce Tamer (on The Worcester Chorus' 2015 performance of Bach's St. John Passion), The Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Read about the soloists below:
Ms. Colton is a versatile singer who enjoys a career of great variety. Described by Opera News as a soprano who sings "with beauty, brightness and poise", Ms. Colton has performed with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She has performed repertoire from Monteverdi and Lully to new works specifically written for her. Her career has been largely centered in the United States but she has also performed in Germany, Switzerland, England, and Spain.
A significant portion of the repertoire Ms. Colton performs is the sacred music of J.S. Bach. She has sung all of Bach’s major works and, at Emmanuel Music in Boston, nearly all of the soprano arias and duets from the cantatas. She has performed many versions of the St. Matthew Passion: with major orchestras under the batons of Helmuth Rilling and Bernard Haitink; in the highly acclaimed Jonathan Miller staging of the work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; on tour with Santa Fe Pro Musica singing one-on-a-part; with period-instrument ensembles, and in a one-on-a-part recording for the Smithsonian label. In addition to the St. Matthew Passion she has presented many performances of the B Minor Mass, the St. John Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, the Magnificat and the solo soprano cantatas.
Ms. Colton is admired for her recital performances and it is this art song repertoire that she loves. Performances of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch will take place in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts in the near future. She has three art song CD’s: He Brought Me Roses, a collection of songs by Joseph Marx; Le Charme, a collection of French songs by Debussy, Fauré, Chausson, and Poulenc; and her newest release on the Oberlin Music label that Naxos will distribute The Reckless Heart, a collection of songs by Barber, Britten, Gurney and Vores.
Ms. Colton currently teaches at Oberlin College Conservatory.
Recently hailed by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s review of A Worcester Schubertiad, Jonathan Blumhofer proclaims of Stanley Wilson, tenor, “… he sings with … a lyrical temperament and straightforward intelligence.” The Boston Classical Review's Aaron Keebaugh proclaims, "Stanley Wilson sang solidly in [his] role as Falstaff's attendant,... Bardolph." "This is a real gem," states Henry Fogel in Fanfare magazine of tenor Stanley Wilson's second CD, Art Songs of the British Romantics. Mr. Wilson was also awarded the Rising Star Award by the Minuetto Music Festival in June of 2012. He received his Master of Music from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts in Opera Performance and continues to learn by keeping up his training with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly as well as James Myers of Boston Lyric Opera.
Opera credits include Bardolph in Sir John in Love,Elder Hayes in Susannah, St. Stephen in Four Saints in Three Acts, Simon Stimpson in Our Town, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Mr. Angel in The Impresario, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Jaquino in Fidelio, Bardolfo inFalstaff, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, El Rememdado in Carmen, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Tinca in Il Tabarro, Gherardo inGianni Schicci, Gastone in La Traviata and Bardolph in Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera.
Mr. Wilson is the Executive Director of A Worcester Schubertiad. Along with Artistic Director Malcolm Halliday, they have presented an annual concert celebrating the vocal and chamber music of Franz Schubert and his contemporaries for the past four years. He has done extensive recital performing with pianist Malcolm Halliday through the Northeast and internationally. The programs range from the lieder of Schubert and Schumann to songs of Quilter, Bridge, DuParc and many other composers.
Mr. Wilson released his first CD, "Stanley Wilson Sings Cole Porter" with pianist/arranger Ben Cook for the Boston Pops. His second CD, "Art Songs of the British Romantics" with pianist Malcolm Halliday was released in 2011, and Schumann's Dichterliebe, op. 48 and Leiderkreis, op. 39 was released the beginning of this year also with Mr. Halliday. VISIT HIS WEBSITE
Baritone Howard Sprout is critically acclaimed throughout North America and Europe, with an extensive repertoire of opera, musical theater, recital and concert performance.
Mr. Sprout’s oratorio repertoire includes the Passions and Oratorios of J.S. Bach, several of his cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Requiems and Masses by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Verdi, Durafle, Faure, Britten, and a variety of additional works from the great choral/vocal/orchestral repertoire.
He has performed leading roles in more than twenty-five operas and musical theater productions. A small sampling of roles includes Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Musical theater roles include Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Sprout brings this extensive musical theater experience to symphonic “Pops” concerts.
An experienced vocal pedagogue, Mr. Sprout is frequently called upon to present workshops in choral vocal technique and individual coaching in the mechanics of the singing voice. He earned a BA from Allegheny College, a Master of Music in Voice and an Artist’s Diploma in Opera from The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. As a teacher of voice and opera he has served on the faculties of the Hartt School, the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, Western Connecticut State University, and Trinity College.
Mr. Sprout has recorded for the Phono Suecia (Sweden) and Musical Heritage labels. Among the orchestras with which he has appeared are those of Hartford, New Haven, Springfield, Danbury, Waterbury, and New Britain, as well as the National Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
A former singer in New England’s premier professional choral ensemble CONCORA, Mr. Sprout now serves that organization as a member of its Board of Directors.
Mr. Sprout’s previous appearances with the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall include “Pops” concerts, Bach’s Cantata 21, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He is delighted to be singing again with the Worcester Chorus under the baton of Chris Shepherd.
MEAGHAN JOYNT, Soprano
Meaghan Joynt studied voice at Oberlin College, received her B.S. in Music Therapy from Duquesne University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. She appeared as a soloist during two 5-week tours with the Duquesne University Chamber Singers all over Western and Eastern Europe, as well as Moscow, St. Petersburg and Estonia. Opera credits include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello, Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s The Dialogue of the Carmelites and Ciesa in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi among many others. Meaghan has performed as a soloist with The North Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Capitol Chamber Artists, Sean Jackson and Friends Concert Series and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation to name a few. Meaghan was a member of the Alan Stone Debut Artists appearing in concerts around the Chicago area. Meaghan was a winner of the Winnetka Music Competition, The Mendelssohn Vocal Competition, The St. Bonaventura Prize and a Finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition. In March of 2008, Meaghan made her debut at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Liederkranz Wagner Competition. She followed that with her first Wagnerian role, appearing as Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in western New York. Recently, she appeared as a soloist in the Sean Jackson and Friends Concert Series in Barbados and released her first album with Sean entitled The Way. Meaghan appeared as the Alto Soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Music Worcester and is thrilled to be working with Maestro Shepard and the Chorus again this season. She regularly performs in concerts and recitals in the New York City area.