Messiah Sing-Along

Messiah Sing-Along

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 7:30 pm

Concert Stats

  • Orchestra
  • Soloists
  • You're the Chorus!
  • Arnold Livingston Geis

    Arnold Livingston Geis, Tenor

    • Seasons with Chorale: 2
    • Hometown: Chehalis, Washington
    • Education: May 2012 BM in voice from Biola University, May 2014 MM from USC
    • Awards: Pasadena Opera Guild Award, 2014; Palm Springs Opera Competition Finalist, 2013; Opera Buffs Los Angeles Grant recipient, 2013; Burbank Philharmonic Young Artist Competition Finalist, 2013; SAI Scholarship Competition, 1st Place, 2012; Kirkwood Scholarship, 2011; NATS-LA Senior Men Division, 1st Place, 2011; NATS-LA Sophomore Men Division, 1st Place, 2009
    • Opera performances: Cavaliere Belfiore from Il Viaggio a Reims and Chevalier de la Force from Dialogues of the Carmelites at USC; Laurie Lawrence from Little Women with Sustaining Sound; Chevalier de la Force from Dialogues of the Carmelites and The Baker from Into the Woods at Biola University; Messiah soloist, Biola Symphony Orchestra; Carmina Burana soloist, Biola Symphony Orchestra
    • Previous Chorale solos: Messiah Sing-Along
    • Unique Facts: comes from a family of opera singers; both his mother and father sang in Europe and his brother (also a tenor) sings in New York and New Jersey
    • Film/TV Credits: choral singer on video games and films including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014); Maze Runner (2014); Godzilla (2014); After Earth (2013)
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  • Chung Uk Lee

    Chung Uk Lee, Bass

    • Seasons with Chorale: 2
    • Hometown: Seoul, Korea
    • Education: MM, Choral Conducting, University of Southern California; BM, Composition, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
    • Opera performances: Kezal in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride with USC opera
    • Recordings: Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor with Los Angeles Chamber Choir
    • Previous Chorale solos: Messiah Sing-Along 2013
    • Other Positions: Azusa Pacific University, Adjunct Professor; Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Conductor
    • Film/TV Credits: Voice Actor/ member of SAG/AFTRA
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  • Zanaida Robles

    Zanaida Robles, Soprano

    • Seasons with Chorale: 2
    • Hometown: Monrovia, California
    • Education: DMA in Choral Music (in progress) at USC Thornton School of Music, MM in Conducting at CSU Northridge, BM in Vocal Performance at CSU Long Beach
    • Guest Artist Appearances: with John Mauceri, Jeffrey Kahane
    • Recordings: Shenandoah: Song of the American Spirit, the John Alexander Singers, 2009 on Gothic Records; Transformation, Bill Cunliffe, James Walker, and the All Saints Choir, 2008 on Metre Records
    • Previous Chorale solos: Messiah Sing-Along, Lang's the national anthems
    • Tours: Pacific Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, CSU Long Beach Chamber Singers, Citrus Singers
    • Film/TV Credits: Glee, Godzilla
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  • Niké St. Clair

    Niké St. Clair, Mezzo Soprano

    • Seasons with Chorale: 13
    • Hometown: Debrecen, Hungary
    • Education: undergraduate degrees in Choral Conducting, Music Education and Music Theory, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary; MM degree and doctoral coursework in Choral Conducting, Thornton School of Music, USC
    • Guest Artist Appearances: Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, J. S. Bach B minor Mass, Los Angeles Chamber Choir; Bruckner Te Deum, Santa Barbara Choral Society; Bach St. Matthew Passion, Concordia University
    • Recordings: A Good Understanding by Nico Muhly and Górecki: Miserere recorded by LAMC; LA Phil's DVD Messa da Requiem with Gustavo Dudamel
    • Previous Chorale solos:  Bernstein Chichester Psalms; Bach St. John Passion, Magnificat, B minor Mass, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sing-Along Messiah
    • Tours: Los Angeles Philharmonic/LAMC: New York, John Adams ElNiño, 2003; World Youth Choir: South America, Canada, Scandinavia, Belgium; Stuttgarter Kammerchor: Switzerland, Germany; Los Angeles Philharmonic/LAMC: Lucerne, Paris, London, New York, John Adams TheGospel According to the Other Mary, 2013
    • Film/TV Credits: Avatar, Big Hero 6, Smurfs 2, Percy Jackson, This is the End, Godzilla,Transformers 4, Wreck-It-Ralph, Heaven is for Real, Cowboys and Aliens, Rite, Battle: LA, 2012, Earth, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Days of Future Past, Sorcerer’s Apprentice,  The Seeker: Dark Is Rising, Horton Hears a Who and others
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  • George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel, composer

    • 1685-1759
    • Nationality: German
    • Education/Training: studied with Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow; law (briefly) at University of Halle
    • Assignments: organist at the Domkirche, 1702; violinist with the Hamburg Opera, 1703; court composer for King George of England, after 1714
    • Best Known For: two of his oratorios, Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah; more than 40 operas given renewed importance in the last half-century
    • Curious Facts: despite Messiah's successful premiere in Dublin, Handel was worried that the title Messiah would be considered inappropriate for a concert work when he brought it to London so he used "A New Sacred Oratorio" instead
    • Quotes: "I have..endeavored to show that the English language, which is so expressive of the sublimest sentiments, is the best adapted of any to the full and solemn kind of music." -George Frideric Handel
    • Press: "Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived..I would uncover my head and kneel down before his tomb." -Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Harmonicon, 1824
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