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Thank you for your generous support! Thanks to our patrons and donors, in the 2013-2014 Season Spire:
Performed at the prestigious Southwest American Choral Directors Convention by invitation
Completed its first performance tour featuring Bach's B Minor Mass
Completed its first commissioning project by composer Jake Runestad
Had two successful performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
We look forward to seeing you for our 5th Anniversary next season. 3
Saturday, May 17, 7:30pm | Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday, May 18, 3:00pm | Visitation Church
Mass for Double Choir and the music of Jake Runestad Spire Chamber Ensemble Ben A. Spalding, Founder and Artistic Director
Mass for Double Choir
Frank Martin (1890-1974) INTERMISSION
I Will Lift Mine Eyes Ave Maria Spirited Light (World Premiere) Richte mich, Gott Nyon, Nyon
Jake Runestad (b. 1986) Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Jake Runestad Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Jake Runestad
Spire Chamber Ensemble Soprano
Anne-Marie Dicce Julie Keim Rebecca MuĂąiz Emily NoĂŤl Shari Alise Wilson
Melissa Attebury Janet Carlsen Campbell Lexa Ferrill Clifton Massey Patricia Thompson
Andrew Crane Erik Gustafson Jeffrey Manns Wilson Nichols Steven Soph
Brian Ming Chu Ronald Lee Downs David Farwig Matthew Leese Dan Moore
Please remember to silence all electronic devices. Recording any part of this performance is prohibited.
Welcome to the final performances of our 2013-14 season and what a season it has been! Today I hope you encounter the sublime with one of the 20th century's greatest choral pieces, Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin who at the time of his death in 1974 was arguably Switzerland’s greatest composer. Martin composed this work in 1922 and revised it in 1926, but immediately shelved it. His feeling was that the composition was to only be shared with a higher power. Colleagues persuaded him to allow it to be performed, and in 1961, “Mass for Double Choir” made its world premiere. Given that Frank Martin's most important formative musical experience was hearing the St. Matthew Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach at the age of ten, it makes sense that he would eventually try his hand at writing for the double choir Bach used in that work. Yet Martin's Mass for double choir looks even further back for musical inspiration, to Renaissance polyphony and to plainsong church modes. The work itself is lovely, simple, and devotional. The opening moments of the Kyrie set the mood for the rest of the piece: there is a plainsong-like line in the altos, soon joined imitatively by the remainder of one choir. When the full choir takes up the line, there is a startling sense of space suddenly explored. High, harsh outbursts on the word "Kyrie" also set the pattern of tension occurring in the upper registers and relaxing in the lower. Like the Kyrie, the Gloria takes full advantage of the antiphonal and polyphonic possibilities offered by the use of two choirs. Phrases rise from quiet and low to strong and high, never more memorably than in the opening "Gloria in excelsis." The closing "In gloria dei Patris" goes against the grain by featuring sweet high notes and a lovely melisma in the sopranos. The Credo is primarily homophonic, using entrances in sequence for dramatic effect -- as in the layered, dissonant outbursts on "Crucifixus" or the subsequent solemn, painfully measured tones of "passus, et sepultus est." Both the Sanctus and Benedictus begin with short motives in the lower voices which become the bases of their respective settings; the "Osanna in excelsis" in the Sanctus winds voices in and out in compound meter, providing a modest yet powerful vision of eternity, while the second "Osanna" is simpler but no less effective. The Agnus Dei uses a few repeated chords in the second choir as the basis for melody in the first, until just before the end when both choirs join together and homophonically pronounce the "dona nobis pacem" like a blessing, ending on a G major chord. It is hard to imagine that Martin's Mass for double choir went unperformed for so long, for it has now been recognized as one of his most purely lovely (and most popular) compositions. Additionally, we are very excited to be performing the World Premiere of a new work, "Spirited Light" by Jake Runestad. This is our very first commission project and is the next strategic step in fulfilling one of the missions of Spire: “To honor the talents and contributions of American composers and be a catalyst for the creation of new compositions by this country’s composers.” I hope you will enjoy this program of a cappella music highlighting the pure beauty of the human voice!
Ben Spalding, Founder and Artistic Director 5
TEXT AND TRANSLATIONS Mass for Double Choir (Martin) Kyrie eleison Christe eleison
Lord, have mercy upon us Christ, have mercy upon us
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis, Laudamus te, benedicius te. Adoramuste, glorificamus te. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Qui tollis peccata mundi, susicpe depreacationem nostrum. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus; Tu solus Dominus; Tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe, Cum Sancto Spritu, in Gloria Dei Patris. Amen.
Glory be to God on high. And on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee. We worship thee, we glorify thee. We give thanks to thee for thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God, the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thoe that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou sittest at the right hand of God The Father, have mercy upon us. For Thou art holy; Thou only art the Lord; Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, facborem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium. Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum. Et ex Patre natum ante Omnia saecula. Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, Genitum, non factum, consusbstantialem Patri, per quem Omnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostrum salute descendit de coelis. Et incarnates est e Spiritue Sancto ex Maria Virgine. Et homo factus est. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis: sub Pontio Pilato passus, et speultus est.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, Begotten, not made; of one being with the Father; by whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried.
Et resurrexit teria die, secundum Scripturas. Et ascendit in coelom: sedet ad dexteram Patris. Et iterum venturus est cum Gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos: cujus regni non erit finis. Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem: Qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur: Qui locutus est per Prophetas. Et unam Sanctam catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expect resurrectionem mortuorum. Et vitam venture saeculi. Amen.
On the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins; And I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come. Amen.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra Gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis. Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis. Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi: dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world: have mercy upon us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world: have mercy upon us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world: grant us thy peace.
INTERMISSION I Will Life Mine Eyes (Runestad) Text based on Psalm 121
Ave Maria (Bruckner) Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.
WORLD PREMIERE Spirited Light (Runestad) Spirited light! on the edge of the Presence your yearning burns in the secret darkness, O angels, insatiably into God's gaze. Perversity could not touch your beauty; you are essential joy. But lost your companion, angel of the crooked wings - he sought the summit, shot down the depths of God and plummeted past Adam that a mud-bound spirit might soar. "Antiphon for the Angels" translation by Barbara Newman. Used with permission of the publisher.
About the work: Saint Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century German philosopher and mystic, was one of the first influential female composers and poets. It is said that she had frequent visions of the divine and later in life, she began to write about these intense spiritual experiences. “Spirited Light” is a setting of an English translation of her poem “O gloriosissimi lux vivens” and explores the vivid, angelic imagery she expressed in her writings and music. In the Middle Ages, there was a strong interest in spiritual beings (angels) and their connection to and interaction with the human world. This poem focuses on the "angel of the crooked wings," which may represent humanity, who is struggling through his or her attempt to reach the divine. Despite falling from the summit, there is still hope that this "mud-bound spirit might soar." The choral textures shift throughout the work to illuminate the vivid images of Hildegard's story and evoke the energy and passion that she found through her mysticism and visions.
Richte mich, Gott (Mendelssohn) Richte mich, Gott, und führe meine Sache wider das unheilige Volk und errette mich von den alschen und bösen Leuten.
Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people: O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
Denn du bist der Gott meiner Stärke; Warum verstössest du mich? Warum lässest du mich so traurig geh’n, wenn mein Feind mich drängt?
For thou art the God of my strength: Why hast thou put me from thee? and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
Sende dein Licht und deine Wahrheit, dass sie mich leiten zu deinem heiligen Berge, und zu deiner Wohnung.
O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
Dass ich hineingehe zum Altar Gottes, zu dem Gott, der meine Freude und Wonne ist, und dir, Gott, auf der Harfe danke, mein Gott.
And that I may go unto the altar of God even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God, my God.
Was bretrübst du dich, meine Seele, und bist so unruhig in mir? Harre auf Gott! Denn ich werde ihm noch danken, Dass er meines Angesichts Hülfe, und mein Gott ist.
Why art thou so heavy, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me? O put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 43
Nyon, Nyon (Runestad) Nyon Nyon is an exploration of the effects that one can produce with the human voice originally created with words to achieve varieties of colors and mixed and matched them within the ensemble to produce a diverse sonic landscape. Incorporating effects similar to a flanger, wah-wah pedal, drum and bass, and synthesizers turns the choir into a full-fledged vocal orchestra.
About the Ensemble
The Spire Chamber Ensemble was founded in 2010 as one of the only regional choral groups bringing together some of the best choral artists from around the United States and Canada to Kansas City for a specific concert. Each choral artist has learned the specific program independently and is exacting in their craft. We also attain our distinct and exquisite sound utilizing countertenors to sing alto parts. With the creative and artistic skills of founder and conductor, Ben A. Spalding, and just a few days of intense rehearsals, a collage of beauty and transformative sound is created. The alchemy of these masterful individuals come together to create the Spire Chamber Ensemble. With acclaimed organist Jan Kraybill, we focus on repertoire for voices and organ, while balancing out programming with a cappella pieces and period performance chamber oratorios featuring the Spire Baroque Orchestra, constructed of the finest players in the country who also travel to Kansas City for each performance. Concert venues include the Community of Christ Temple (Independence, MO) Trinity Lutheran Church (Mission, KS), the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, MO).
Ben A. Spalding, Founder and Artistic Director Ben A. Spalding is the founder and artistic director of the Spire Chamber Ensemble, which is gaining a national reputation for excellence in choral performances. He received undergraduate degrees in voice and piano from Emporia State University and two Master’s Degrees in conducting and composition from Rowan University. He was a student of renowned conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope, and has also studied conducting with Terry Barham and Sir David Willcocks in Cambridge. Spalding is up and coming as a professional choral conductor, working with the best choral artists in the country and gaining a reputation as a fine interpreter of both early and contemporary repertoire. He is sought after as a clinician, most recently leading Festivals and Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Spalding is also active as a composer, regularly accepting commissions. As an educator, he has held positions at the high school and university levels. In addition to his work with Spire Chamber Ensemble, Spalding is Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, KS, where he has built one of the most prestigious concert series and arts programs in the Kansas City area.
Jake Runestad, composer Considered “highly imaginative…with big ideas” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald), award-winning composer Jake Runestad (b. 1986) has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations such as Washington National Opera, Seraphic Fire, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, VocalEssence, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Craig Hella Johnson and the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cantus (Minnesota), and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Dubbed a “choral rockstar” by National Public Radio, Jake is one of the most performed composers of his generation and often works with ensembles as a guest conductor and clinician. Jake Runestad holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Prior to graduate school, he studied extensively with acclaimed composer Libby Larsen. A native of Rockford, IL, Mr. Runestad currently lives in Minneapolis, MN and his music is published by Boosey & Hawkes and JR Music. Find out more and purchase scores at: JakeRunestad.com
MELISSA ATTEBURY, MEZZO-SOPRANO Melissa Attebury, mezzosoprano, is a native of Derby, KS. She has performed numerous operatic roles including the title roles in Carmen, Dorabella, Susanna, Stephano, Cherubino, Orlovsky, and nearly all of the ingénue mezzo roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. She is a featured soloist on the Grammy nominated Israel in Egypt with Julian Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. This season’s performances include Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Orphee with Gotham Chamber Opera, and an international tour of Theodora with the English Concert.
Society, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, The Dryden Ensemble, Piffaro, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Carmel Bach Festival. Repeat appearances in the title role of Elijah, the Bach Passions, Haydn’s Creation and Die Jahreszeiten, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and this season, the Verdi Requiem in Philly. Signature roles with opera companies from New York to Dallas, including Marcello in La Bohème, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Chu is an adjunct professor of voice at Muhlenberg College (PA) and Rowan University (NJ).
ANDREW CRANE, TENOR
Dr. Andrew Crane serves as Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where he JANET CARLSEN CAMPBELL, conducts the award-winning MEZZO-SOPRANO ECU Chamber Singers, Janet Carlsen Campbell enjoys University Chorale, and heads a busy career as an oratorio, the graduate program in Choral Conducting. He also concert and chamber singer. performs regularly as a soloist having appeared with Her recent solo appearances the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Lansing Symphony have included Bach’s Messe in Orchestra, Utah Valley Symphony, San Bernardino h-moll, Mozart’s Requiem, Symphony, among others. As a professional chorister, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Duruflé’s Requiem. he has appeared with the Yale Choral Artists, Santa Fe She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, Desert Chorale, Dallas’ Vox Humana, and also choirs, and festivals including the Phoenix Symphony performed Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Carnegie Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Hall Festival Chorus under the direction of Helmuth Musica, The Washington Chorus, Phoenix Chorale, Rilling. Andrew holds BM and MM degrees from Kansas City Chorale, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Brigham Young University, and the DMA from Michigan Conspirare, and Tucson Chamber Artists, among State University. He makes his home in eastern North others. Ms. Campbell holds the degree of Master of Carolina with his wife and four children. Music in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Education ANNE-MARIE DICCE, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. SOPRANO
BRIAN MING CHU, BARITONE Baritone Brian Ming Chu has garnered critical acclaim for his interpretive versatility in music from the Baroque to the 21st century. Oratorio soloist with The King’s Noyse, Brandywine Baroque, Cathedral Choral
Anne-Marie Dicce has performed as a soloist and ensemble singer throughout North America, Europe, and South America and specializes in 17th/18th as well as 20th/21st century music. She appears regularly with the Bach Collegium San Diego, Oregon Bach Festival,
Albuquerque Baroque Players, and Spire Chamber Ensemble, among others. Anne-Marie was recently invited to be on the core roster of the GRAMMY-award winning Conspirare and was also invited to be a core member of the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival. Anne-Marie received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters degrees from the University of California, San Diego, maintains an active voice studio in San Diego and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) San Diego Chapter.
Bach Festivals. David can be heard on several commercial recordings including Conspirare’s Grammy®-nominated album, Requiem, singing the baritone solos in Herbert Howells’ “Requiem” and the newly released Samuel Barber recording of The Lovers on the Harmonia Mundi label.
LEXA FERRILL, MEZZO-SOPRANO
RONALD LEE DOWNS, BASS Ronald Lee Downs is a resident of Baltimore, MD and has sung in various professional choral ensembles round the country for more than 30 years. Ron actively collects and studies unaccompanied choral works of all periods, and has amassed a personal library of over 3300 scores and critical editions. He actively communicates with composers and publishers around the world to seek out significant unpublished and newly available choral literature. Ron's work in music engraving and publishing includes such projects as music examples in OUP's Benjamin Britten biography 'The Spiritual Dimension', the first modern edition of Franceso Urio's 'Te Deum in D Major', and a fully edited performing score of the 6 voice antiphon 'Gaude Gloriosa Dei Mater' by Thomas Tallis.
Lexa Ferrill is a versatile performer of operatic, concert, and song repertoire. Recent concert engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Washington Idaho Symphony), Bach St. John Passion (Palouse Choral Society), and Bach cantatas (Idaho Bach Festival). Ensemble singing includes work with Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. Operatic roles include Der Trommler (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), the Neighbor (Mavra), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Meg Page (Falstaff), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and the Secretary (The Consul). Ms. Ferrill balances larger-scale performances with song recitals. In fall of 2011 she was selected to participate in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Recent recitals include a program of Argento’s Casa Guidi and A Few Words About Chekhov; and songs of Britten and Debussy.
ERIK GUSTAFSON, TENOR
Erik is highly active across the nation as an oratorio soloist David Farwig, baritone, has and choral artist. For the past sung with professional choirs two years, Erik lived in New across the US including Spire, York City and performed as a Conspirare, The Santa Fe soloist and chorister with the Desert Chorale, Choral renowned Bach Vespers series Arts-Seattle, the Tucson at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Other recent highlights Chamber Artists, and Seraphic include being featured as tenor soloist for the New Fire in Miami. As a concert soloist, he as appeared with England premiere of Bob Chilcott's Requiem with The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Santa Delaware Valley Chorale, and performing the role of Fe Pro Musica, The Santa Fe Symphony, Choral Testis at the Oregon Bach Festival's performance of Arts-Seattle, and the Carmel, Oregon and Victoria the St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Helmuth
DAVID FARWIG, BARITONE
Rilling. He currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Keene State College in his ninth season with the Grammy award-winning in New Hampshire. Phoenix Chorale, and is also a core member of Tucson Chamber Artists. JEFFREY MANNS, TENOR Jeffrey Manns is currently Director of Music at Aldersgate Soprano Julie Keim is known for United Methodist Church, and her outstanding musicality and Artistic Director of CoroAllegro. vital vocal quality. The Jeffrey has appeared as soloist Washington Post has praised with the Fort Wayne her for her and “the purity and Philharmonic, Muncie and impressive suppleness of her Indianapolis Symphonies, Louisville Chamber voice.” Both a professional solo Ensemble, as well as the St. Louis, Columbus (GA), and collaborative artist, Ms. Keim has performed with and Flint (MI) Symphony Orchestras. His passion for Conspirare, Santa Fe Symphony, Baltimore Choral Arts choral music can be heard throughout the nation as Society, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Spire Chamber Jeffrey is a member of many ensembles including The Ensemble. In the Washington, DC area, she has Crossing (Philadelphia, PA), The Mastersingers of appeared with many musical organizations including Wilmington (Wilmington, DE), The Thirteen the National Philharmonic, Washington Bach Consort, (Washington D.C), Spire (Kansas City, MO), Tucson the Cathedral Choral Society, and Choralis. Recent Chamber Artists (Tucson, AZ), Vox Humana (Dallas, solo performances include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer TX), and is a founding member of Qvinctus, a of 1915 with Victoria Bach Festival, Schubert’s Mass in professional men’s quintet in Wilmington, DE. Jeffrey G with National Philharmonic, and the premiere of lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife Rebecca and their Gary Davison’s Shadowtides with Choralis. two children.
JULIE KEIM, SOPRANO
MATTHEW LEESE, BARITONE Matthew Leese is known as a versatile singer, conductor and director. His performing experience in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Asia and Europe includes dozens of solo and ensemble performances and recordings. Matthew is a core member of the medieval quartet Liber and is proud to perform with Spire this season, among others. As a stage director, Matthew is known for his expertise in baroque stage movement and preparing his own performance texts. Dr. Leese received degrees in Voice from the University of Otago in New Zealand, the Longy School of Music at Bard College, Indiana University and completed his Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature at the University of Illinois. Matthew is Conductor-inResidence of New Brunswick's Voices of the Bay and is
CLIFTON MASSEY, COUNTERTENOR Clifton Massey, countertenor, is known to audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for stylish interpretations of a wide range of musical styles. Praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for "gloriously rounded tone and a measure of heft often missing in proponents of his voice type" and the "standout soloist of the evening" on multiple occasions, his singing has taken him to many festivals and venues including the Concertgebou in Amsterdam, Tanglewood, Ravinia Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera City, and the Early Music festivals of Toronto, Berkeley, and Boston. A proponent of high level ensemble singing, Clifton performs frequently with Ensemble viii, Spire Ensemble, Luminous Voices,
Clerestory, American Bach Soloists and Magnificat Baroque. Mr. Massey is a native of Dallas, Texas and holds degrees from TCU and the Indiana University Early Music Institute.
WILSON NICHOLS, TENOR
Tenor Wilson Nichols is praised for his “lovely, natural sound and stylistic mastery,” (Reading Eagle). Currently based in New York, Wilson performs regularly DAN MOORE, BARITONE with professional choral Hailed for his "warm" and ensemble across the country "voluminous" sound by the and internationally including Conspirare, the Santa Fe South Florida Classical Review, baritone Dan Moore is a sought- Desert Chorale, Sounding Light, The Crossing, Vox after performer of both solo and Humana, New York Choral Artists, the Oregon Bach choral classical music. Dan has Festival and Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble. His solo highlights include the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John performed throughout the US Passion, Bach’s Mass in b minor, and Magnificat, and Asia with groups including Grammy-nominated Handel’s Messiah, Esther, and Ode for St. Cecilia’s ensemble Seraphic Fire, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Day, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He can be heard on The American Baroque Orchestra, and Yale Schola the forthcoming recording of Joby Talbot’s Path of Cantorum, among others. In addition to performing Miracles with Conspirare. Originally from Michigan, Baroque and Classical choral repertoire, Dan also Wilson holds degrees in music education and enjoys singing the solo repertoire of 19th and 20th performance from Alma College, Michigan State centuries, such as Ravel, Tosti and Vaughan Williams, University, and Central Michigan University. among others. Dan received his Masters of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, where he also EMILY NOËL, SOPRANO received a certificate in early music, oratorio and Soprano Emily Noël has chamber ensemble from the Institute of Sacred Music. appeared as a featured soloist with The Folger Consort, 21st REBECCA MUÑIZ, SOPRANO Century Consort, Bach Rebecca Muñiz studied Vocal Sinfonia, Orchestra of the 17th Performance at the University of Century, Indiana University New Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Music Ensemble, and the Santa earning the Townsend Award Fe Desert Chorale. On the operatic stage, Ms. Noël has for Outstanding Undergraduate appeared as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Ente Performance in Music. In Concerti Città di Iglesias (IT); Nora in Vaughn Chicago, Rebecca sang Williams' Riders to the Sea at the Amsterdam extensively with the Grammy-winning Chicago Grachtenfestival (NL); and Guglielmi’s Debora e Sisara Symphony Chorus, singing under Sir Georg Solti, with Modern Musick at the Italian Embassy as part of Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Mstislav the 2013 Anno Della Cultura Italiana. Upcoming Rostoprovich, Zubin Mehta, and Christoph engagements include performances of The Merchant Eschenbach. Currently residing in Austin, TX, Rebecca of Venice with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre at the sings with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Texas Early Globe Theatre in London. Ms. Noël earned her Master Music Project, Texas Choral Consort, San Antonio of Music from Peabody Conservatory and serves as an Chamber Choir, and Grammy-nominated Conspirare. assistant professor of voice at Franklin & Marshall She is Section Leader for the Parish Choirs at St. Louis College. King of France Catholic Church in Austin where she recently coordinated a tour of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.
STEVEN SOPH, TENOR
SHARI ALISE WILSON,
Tenor Steven Soph performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. 2013 marked his Cleveland Symphony solo debut under Ton Koopman in an all-Handel program in Severance Hall. Recent highlights include include Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion with Chicago Chorale, arias in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Voices of Ascension, NYC as well as with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and appearing as a Young American Artist with the City Choir of Washington D.C. An active collaborator, Steven performs with Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, Yale Choral Artists, Musica Sacra, Tuscon Chamber Artists, Cut Circle, Spire, and Sounding Light. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas, Yale School of Music, and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
PATRICIA THOMSON, MEZZO-SOPRANO Patricia has been a frequent soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Societies of Louisville, West Lafayette and St. Louis; and the Masterworks Chorus of New Jersey, making her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009. She has sung with the famed Dale Warland Singers, where she was featured on the award winning recordings Cathedral Classics and December Stillness, and with the Ensemble Singers of Vocalessense. Patricia is a current member of the Professional Chorale of the Carmel Bach Festival, and a founding member of the ensemble Luminous Voices of Calgary, Canada. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College (BM) and Indiana University (MM and DM), and is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
Described by critics as having an "agile and crystalline voice", Boston-based soprano Shari Alise Wilson is among the new generation of singers specializing in early and modern music, demonstrating great versatility and stylistic sensitivity. Past highlights include performances at the Houston Early Music Festival, Handel's Messiah with Austin's Ensemble VIII, David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Haydn's Creation with Marsh Chapel Collegium, among others. She has collaborated with Seraphic Fire, Exsultemus, Cambridge Concentus, Boston Cecilia, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and performs regularly with acclaimed Blue Heron, Lorelei Women's Ensemble, and Grammy-nominated Conspirare. She can be heard on the newly released world premiere Blue Heron CD: Nicholas Ludford: Missa Regnum mundi and Kile Smith's Vespers with Piffaro and The Crossing Choir.
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2 014 - 15 S E A S O N Bach: The Complete Motet Project
Oc tober 3-5 , 2 014 Bach’s motets are considered by some his most demanding vocal works and symbolize the pinnacle of the Baroque genre. Experience eight of North America’s finest early music vocalists perform these pieces one-to-a-part.
featuring the Spire Baroque Orchestra De cem ber 22 & 23 , 2 014 Spire continues its Kansas City tradition of annual performances of Handel’s magnum opus in the glorious acoustics of Helzberg Hall. Experience the complete oratorio with vibrant and detailed clarity, streamlined forces, expert execution, and the brilliant timbres of the Baroque instruments, the same as Handel conducted.
Bach: St. Matthew Passion M arch 15, 2015 One-to-a-part forces
Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
featuring the Spire Baroque Orchestra M arch 21-22 , 2 015 The structure and counterpoint of the West and the exotic flamboyance of the East met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded. With this choral masterpiece, Monteverdi forged a dramatic and vivid new musical style, evoking the struggle between the archaic and the revolutionary.
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