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North Carolina Symphony to Perform Messiah in Raleigh Dec. 5-6

Concerts Led by Douglas Boyd Feature North Carolina Master Chorale, Plus Soloists Joélle Harvey, Susan Platts, Robin Tritschler, Christòpheren Normura

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North Carolina Symphony and
North Carolina Master Chorale


Event  Information

Raleigh -- ( Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 - Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 )

North Carolina Symphony: Handel's Messiah
Performed by North Carolina Symphony (Douglas Boyd, conductor); North Carolina Master Chorale; Joélle Harvey, soprano; Susan Platts, alto (replacing Tamara Mumford); Robin Tritschler, tenor; Christopheren Nomura, bass
$. -- Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts , (919) 733-2750 , http://www.ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&detailid=1094&eid=1912

December 5, 2014 - Raleigh, NC:


This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.

The North Carolina Symphony will perform Handel’s Messiah, December 5-6, 2014, at 8 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.  Handel’s masterpiece will be led by Douglas Boyd, and will feature soloists Joélle Harvey, soprano; Susan Platts, alto; Robin Tritschler, tenor; Christòpheren Normura, bass; and the North Carolina Master Chorale, under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis.

Scholar Dr. Richard Rodda writes that the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in 1742 was a triumph, and highlights a review from Faulkner’s Dublin Journal that glowingly reports, “It gave universal Satisfaction to all present; and was allowed by the greatest Judges to be the finest Composition of Musick that ever was heard.”

In demand world-wide, Douglas Boyd is currently Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland and Artistic Director of Garsington Opera in England. In ten seasons as Music Director of the Manchester Camerata, he transformed the orchestra into one of the United Kingdom’s finest. His live recordings with the Camerata have received universal critical acclaim. Like so many of Boyd’s performances, his debut with the Camerata at London’s BBC Proms concerts was praised for clarity, vibrancy and musicality.

One of the major choral organizations of the Southeast, the North Carolina Master Chorale has been performing choral-orchestral masterworks for more than 70 years.  Under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis since 1993, the Master Chorale presents a diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to Contemporary. Its singers, selected by audition, bring a collective wealth of training and experience. The Master Chorale regularly collaborates with symphony orchestras, opera companies, ballet and touring productions. Music Director and conductor Sturgis holds multiple degrees in music and performed with Robert Shaw in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to the Master Chorale, Maestro Sturgis serves as Music Director for the Carolina Ballet and the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded as the Raleigh Oratorio Society in 1942, Master Chorale has evolved into a major regional performing arts group that works with over 250 artist-musicians each season, reaching an annual audience of over 10,000 choral arts enthusiasts.

A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. She is the recipient of a First Prize Award in 2011 from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation Vocal Competition.

British-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts brings a uniquely rich and wide-ranging voice to concert and recital repertoire for alto and mezzo-soprano. She is particularly esteemed for her performances of Gustav Mahler's works. In May of 2004, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman chose Ms. Platts as her protégée from 26 international candidates and has continued to mentor her ever since.

In concert, tenor Robin Tritschler has appeared with many leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Nézet-Séguin and Jurowski), L’Orchestre National de Lyon, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (de Waart), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Herreweghe), Moscow Virtuosi (Spivakov) and BBC Philharmonic. With the RTE Concert Orchestra, he performed the Messiah before Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Vatican State.

Christòpheren Nomura has emerged at the forefront of his generation of singers. Since making his New York City debut, he has performed throughout the world, hailed as one of classical music's "rising stars" by the Wall Street Journal. He has become a regular guest artist with a number of orchestras including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under Carl St. Clair and the North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn.

Tickets to the concert range from $18 to $75.  Student tickets are $10.  To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at http:www.ncsymphony.org or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.  Concert tickets at all performances are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. 

In addition to stellar performances, North Carolina Symphony concertgoers can enjoy pre-concert talks, post-concert discussions, and “Meet the Artists,” which feature interactive conversations with guest artists and select orchestra members, at many Symphony events.  On Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, Dr. Jonathan Kramer, of N.C. State University, will give a talk in Swalin Lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall at 7 p.m.   A Symphony musician will be available to answer questions in the lower lobby at intermission both nights.

Partners for the 2014/15 Raleigh Classical Series are Clancy & Theys Construction, Duke Realty, Smith Anderson, Marriott, and 18 Seaboard.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
Handel’s Messiah
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Susan Platts, alto
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Christòpheren Normura, bass
North Carolina Master Chorale
            Alfred E. Sturgis, Music Director

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Program Listing

North Carolina Symphony
Handel’s Messiah
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Susan Platts, alto
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Christòpheren Normura, bass
North Carolina Master Chorale
            Alfred E. Sturgis, Music Director

December 5-6

HANDEL – Messiah
                    I. The Advent of the Messiah

HANDEL – Messiah
                   II. The Passion of Christ
                  III. His Resurrection