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DECEMBER 2014 / ANNUAL REPORT MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
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Artists
Christopher Warren-Green
,
conductor
Christopher Warren-Green, music director
and principal conductor of the London
Chamber Orchestra and music director
of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra,
works regularly with major orchestras
in both Europe and North America. He
was previously principal conductor of the
Athens Camerata.
Minnesota Orchestra:
He has led
Messiah
performances here in three previous
seasons and next appears with the
Orchestra in February 2015 as part of the
Shakespeare Winterfest.
Recent, upcoming:
This season Warren-
Green appears with such ensembles
as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Houston
Symphony, and he joins the National
Orchestra of Belgium on tour. Last
summer he conducted at the Istanbul
Music Festival.
Educator:
Warren-Green plays a key
role in Music Junction, a groundbreaking
project which brings together young
people from diverse backgrounds to
connect through music-making.
Of interest:
He has conducted at many
events for British royalty, including
the 2011 wedding of Prince William
and Catherine Middleton and the 80th
birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
More:
harrisonparrott.com.
Anna Devin
, soprano
Anna Devin, now welcomed for her
Minnesota Orchestra debut, is one of
today’s brightest young sopranos, earning
acclaim for her performances with major
companies and orchestras throughout
Europe and the U.S.
Currently:
This season she joins the
English Concert as Oberto in Handel’s
Alcina
on tour in Europe and New York,
and sings Morgana, from the same work,
with the Russian National Orchestra. She
returns to Covent Garden as Nanetta
in Verdi’s
Falstaff
and sings Michal in a
new production of Handel’s
Saul
with
Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In concert
she joins the Houston Symphony Orchestra
one-minute notes
Handel:
Messiah
In the month of December, we often associate gracious acts of charity with the joyful holiday season. Thus it seems appropriate that
Handel’s great oratorio,
Messiah
, has become an integral part of Christmas celebrations, because it was written for inclusion in a series
of Dublin concerts benefiting public causes. Handel was by far the most philanthropic composer of his time, and the first performance
of
Messiah
in 1742 raised an impressive £400 for charity. Beginning in 1750, he led popular annual performances of the work for the
benefit of London’s Foundling Hospital Chapel, to which he donated a pipe organ in addition to bequeathing a copy of the score and
parts to
Messiah
.
The German composer had spent most of his later years in London and was well known for his operatic and courtly
compositions. Handel may not have considered himself a composer of sacred music, but it is reported that
Messiah
so moved
him that after completing the “Hallelujah Chorus”—with tears streaming down his face—he declared: “I did think I did see
all Heaven before me and the great God himself.” Over the next 250 years
Messiah
secured a place as one of the most beloved
compositions in the entire orchestral and choral repertoire, and as one of Handel’s most enduring, and endearing, works.
in Handel’s
Messiah
and the Charlotte
Symphony Orchestra in Brahms’
Ein
deutsches Requiem
, returns to the RTÉ
NSO Dublin for New Year’s Eve galas, and
performs at Wigmore Hall with Classical
Opera, with which she is an associate artist.
Recently:
Devin received critical acclaim
for her performance in a new opera
by Luke Bedford. She has also drawn
applause with Scottish Opera, Garsington
Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and
the Hallé Orchestra, the latter as part of
the BBC Proms.
More:
imgartists.com.
Lawrence Zazzo
, countertenor
Lawrence Zazzo has appeared at many of
the world’s leading opera houses, from the
Metropolitan Opera and La Monnaie to
the Zürich Opera House, Oper Frankfurt
and Opera di Roma, earning acclaim
for his performances of both Baroque
and contemporary music. These are his
first performances with the Minnesota
Orchestra.
Current season:
Highlights of his 2014-15
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