The Lexington Philharmonic continues the 2015-2016 Season with Gloria, on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Building on a nearly 40-year tradition of presenting Handel’sMessiah each December, this special concert will include selections from both Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The music of modern masters John Taverner and Eric Whitacre complete a diverse program of sacred works.
“Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria are a regular part of holiday repertoire. I am truly thrilled to build on our Messiah tradition of nearly 40 years with such a rich program of sacred music,” says Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell. “The message of both Messiah and Gloria is so clear and timeless, and I know that the pieces by Whitacre and Taverner will contribute even deeper meaning to these traditional works.”
Gloria also features an array of local and national talent. The Lexington Chamber Chorale, directed by founding conductor and musical director, Dr. Gary L. Anderson, will provide the resplendent chorus in Handel’s Messiah for a sixth year running, as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria. The Chorale will also present Grammy-winning contemporary composer Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque.
LexPhil is joined again by an impressive guest artist lineup for Handel’s Messiah. Metropolitan Opera National Council Semifinalist, Sarah Tucker, soprano and Metropolitan Opera artist Ben Bliss, tenor join LexPhil as guest soloists. Mr. Bliss is also the soloist for Burgon’s Nunc Dimittis. Ms. Tucker will perform as soloist during Tavener’s Song of the Angel, a “ravishing, spiritually intense” piece that also features LexPhil’s Will Ronning on violin as the recipient of the Martha Jane Stone Scholarship. The Martha Jane Stone scholarship is awarded by the Music Director for ongoing professional and artistic development of LexPhil musicians.
Described by Opera Today as “the star of the show,” young soprano Sarah Tucker is demanding attention for her sensitive musicality and voice with high notes exhibiting “a radiant bloom.” For her recent debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, Ms. Tucker was praised for “purity and vivacious charm” in a “simply irresistible” performance (The Republic).
Last season, Ms. Tucker made her debut with Gotham Chamber Opera in the role of Memory I in the well-received world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You. Future appearances include several role debuts with Arizona Opera. Ms. Tucker is a 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Semifinalist. She was also a finalist in the 2014 Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Voice Competition. She is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a member of the Arizona Opera Studio.
American tenor Ben Bliss made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg while in the Lindemann Program. In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Bliss will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and will make his European debut in the same role with Glyndeborne Festival on tour. He will also return to Los Angeles Opera as a principal artist, as well as to Des Moines Metro Opera as Belmonte. On the concert stage, Mr. Bliss will debut with the New York Philharmonic, at the Cincinnati May Festival for Haydn’s Creation and Cassio in Otello, and in holiday concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Lexington Philharmonic. He will also perform in Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Recital series. Mr. Bliss is a recent graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona, first prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competitions.
William Ronning, violin, has performed as soloist since his debut at age twelve with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed with orchestras throughout the Midwest. Recently, Mr. Ronning made his international debut with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai at the Yangzhou Concert Hall and Hangzhou Grand Theatre. An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Mr. Ronning is a member of the Lexington Philharmonic, performs frequently with the Charleston Symphony and Huntsville Symphony, is a founding member of the Lexington String Quartet, and has attended many festivals. Mr. Ronning received a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Bob Jones University in 2011, and a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Kentucky in 2014.
Tickets to Gloria range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets as available. Ample lot and street parking is available at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Patrons may also opt to park their car at Centenary United Methodist Church (2800 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40502) or Mayfair Village (3310 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40502) and ride a shuttle to the concert for $5 per person. Must pay exact cash or check the evening of the concert.
Gloria is made possible through the generous support of Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East and PNC Bank, Ovation Partners.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the concert, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at (859) 233-4226, or visit the website at www.lexphil.org.
The Lexington Philharmonic, founded in 1961, is the only professional orchestral organization in central Kentucky. Last year, LexPhil presented over 200 concerts and educational programs, including its Season Series, Holiday Concerts, Peanut Butter & Jelly Series for young children, Music Builds STEAM education programs, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at www.lexphil.org.
Conductor Scott Terrell just completed his sixth season as LexPhil's Music Director and Conductor. Since joining LexPhil in April 2009, he has led the orchestra in a significant transformation to align with the organizational values of artistic excellence, collaboration, innovation and accessibility. Scott is passionate about engaging the broadest possible community in music as listeners, musicians, composers and advocates. His programming has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and enhanced the national reputation of the organization through new music, multi-media and interdisciplinary projects. Through LexPhil collaborations with high schools, colleges and youth performing arts groups, Scott dedicates a tremendous amount of time and energy to educating emerging musical artists.