Handel’s Messiah George Frideric Handel / Composer
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra UMS Choral Union
Scott Hanoian / Conductor
Yulia Van Doren / Soprano John Holiday / Countertenor Miles Mykkanen / Tenor Alex Rosen / Bass
Joseph Gascho / Harpsichord Scott VanOrnum / Organ
Saturday Evening, December 1, 2018 at 8:00 Sunday Afternoon, December 2, 2018 at 2:00 Hill Auditorium
19th and 20th Performances of the 140th Annual Season Choral Music Series
This weekend’s performances are supported by the Carl and Isabelle Brauer Endowment Fund. Media partnership provided by WRCJ 90.9 FM and Ann Arbor’s 107one.
Special thanks to Steven Lorenz, Cheryl Valentine, Stephen West and the U-M Department of Vocal Performance, and Jeff Williams and the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies for their participation in events surrounding this weekend’s performances.
Ms. Van Doren appears by arrangement with Schwalbe and Partners.
Mr. Mykkanen appears by arrangement with Etude Arts.
Mr. Holiday and Mr. Rosen appear by arrangement with Columbia Artists.
In consideration for the artists and the audience, please refrain from the use of electronic devices during the performance.
The photography, sound recording, or videotaping of this performance is prohibited.
PROGRAM Part I
Isaiah 40: 1 Isaiah 40: 2
Isaiah 40: 3
Isaiah 40: 4
Isaiah 40: 5
5 Accompanied recitative
Haggai 2: 6
Haggai 2: 7 Malachi 3: 1
Malachi 3: 2
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain . . . made low: the crooked . . . straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all esh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
...thus saith the Lord of hosts: Yet once,...
a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land;
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: . . .
. . . the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a re ner’s re, . . .
Malachi 3: 3
Isaiah 7: 14
9 Air and Chorus
Isaiah 40: 9
Isaiah 60: 1
Isaiah 60: 2
Isaiah 60: 3
Isaiah 9: 2
Isaiah 9: 6
Luke 2: 8
...and he shall purify the sons of Levi,...that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, “God-with-us.”
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah: Behold your God!
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For behold, . . . darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Ms. Van Doren
. . . there were . . . shepherds abiding in the eld, keeping watch over their ock by night.
Luke 2: 9
Luke 2: 10
Luke 2: 11
Luke 2: 13
Luke 2: 14
Zechariah 9: 9 Zechariah 9: 10
Isaiah 35: 5 Isaiah 35: 6
Isaiah 40: 11
Matthew 11: 28 Matthew 11: 29
Ms. Van Doren
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Ms. Van Doren
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Ms. Van Doren
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will toward men.
Ms. Van Doren
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is the righteous Savior, . . .
. . . and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: . . .
Ms. Van Doren
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf . . . unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing: . . .
Mr. Holiday and Ms. Van Doren
He shall feed his ock like a shepherd: and he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and . . . gently lead those that are with young.
Come unto Him, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest.
Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall nd rest unto your souls.
. . . His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
John 1: 29
Isaiah 53: Isaiah 50:
Isaiah 53: Isaiah 53:
. . . Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world! . . .
He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: . . .
He gave his back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: . . .
. . . he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes are we healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
All they that see him laugh him to scorn: they shoot our their lips, and shake their heads, saying:
He trusted in God that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, if he delight in him.
29 Accompanied recitative
Psalm 69: 20
Lamentations 1: 12
31 Accompanied recitative
Psalm 24: Psalm 24:
Thy rebuke hath broken his heart; he is full of heaviness: he looked for some to have pity on him, but there was no man; neither found he any to comfort him.
Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto his sorrow . . .
...he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of thy people was he stricken.
But thou didst not leave his soul in hell; nor didst thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.
. . . unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? . . .
. . . let all the angels of God worship him.
Thou art gone up on high, thou has lead captivity captive: and received gifts for men; yea, even for thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
Hebrews 1: 5
Hebrews 1: 6
Psalm 68: 18
Psalm 68: 11
Isaiah 52: 7
Romans 10: 18
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of the preachers.
Ms. Van Doren
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things . . .
Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Why do the nations so furiously rage together, . . . why do the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and his anointed, . . .
Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: the Lord shall leave them in derision.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Hallelujah: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. . . . The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
. . . King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Psalm 2: 1 Psalm 2: 2
Psalm 2: 3
Psalm 2: 4
Psalm 2: 9
19: 6 11: 15
You are invited to join the UMS Choral Union in singing the “Hallelujah” chorus. Please leave the music at the door when exiting the auditorium. Thank you.
Job 19: 25 Job 19: 26
I Cor. 15: 20
I Cor. 15: 21 I Cor. 15: 22
47 Accompanied recitative
I Cor. 15: 51 I Cor. 15: 52
I Cor. 15: 52
I Cor. 15: 53
I Cor. 15: 54
I Cor. 15: 55 I Cor. 15: 56
I Cor. 15: 57
Ms. Van Doren
I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though . . . worms destroy this body, yet in my esh shall I see God.
For now is Christ risen from the dead, . . . the rst fruits of them that sleep.
. . . since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet:
. . . the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
. . . then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Mr. Holiday and Mr. Mykkanen
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8: 31 Romans 8: 33
Romans 8: 34
Revelation 5: 12
Revelation 5: 13
Ms. Van Doren
If God be for us, who can be against us?
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justi eth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is . . . at the right hand of God, who . . . maketh intercession for us.
. . . Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and hath redeemed us to God by His blood to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
. . . Blessing, and honor, . . . glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
George Frideric Handel
Born February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany Died April 14, 1759 in London
UMS premiere: The UMS Choral Union began singing choruses of Handel’s Messiah at its rst-ever concert in December 1879 at the M.E. Church. Messiah has been performed in its entirety annually since December 1941.
George Frideric Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah is without question one of the most popular works in the choral/orchestral repertoire today. In what has become an indispensable Christmas tradition, amateur and professional musicians in almost every city and town throughout the country perform this work as a seasonal entertainment, and are rewarded with the satisfaction of taking part in one of the great communal musical events.
The text for Messiah was selected and compiled from the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible
by Charles Jennens, an aristocrat
and musician/poet of modest talent and exceptional ego. With Messiah, Jennens seems to have outdone himself in compiling a libretto with profound thematic coherence and
an acute sensitivity to the inherent musical structure. With the nished libretto in his possession, Handel began setting it to music on August 22, 1741, and completed it 24 days later.
He was certainly working at white- hot speed, but this didn’t necessarily indicate he was in the throes of devotional fervor, as legend has often stated. Handel composed many of his works in haste, and immediately after completing Messiah he wrote his next oratorio, Samson, in a similarly brief time-span.
The swiftness with which Handel composed Messiah can be partially explained by the musical borrowings from his own earlier compositions. For example, the melodies used in the two choruses “And He shall purify” and “His yoke is easy” were taken from
an Italian chamber duet Handel had written earlier in 1741, “Quel or che all’ alba ride.” Another secular duet, “Nò, di voi non vo’ darmi,” provided material for the famous chorus “For unto us a Child is born,” and the delightful “All we like sheep” borrows its wandering melismas from the same duet. A madrigal from 1712, “Se tu
non lasci amore,” was transformed into a duet-chorus pair for the end of the oratorio, “O Death, where is thy sting,” and “But thanks be to God.” In each instance, however, Handel does more than simply provide new words to old tunes. There is considerable re-composition, and any frivolity that remains from the light-hearted secular models is more than compensated
for by the new material Handel masterfully worked into each chorus. Over-enthusiastic “Handelists” in the 19th century perpetuated all sorts of legends regarding the composition
of Messiah. An often-repeated story relates how Handel’s servant found him sobbing with emotion while writing the famous “Hallelujah Chorus,”
and the composer claiming, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and
the great God Himself.” Supposedly Handel often left his meals untouched during this compositional period, in
an apparent display of devotional fasting and monastic self-denial. Present-day historians more familiar with Handel’s life and religious views tend to downplay these stories. It’s been suggested that if Handel did indeed have visions of Heaven while he composed Messiah, then it was only in the same manner in which he visualized the Roman pantheon of gods while he composed his opera Semele. Handel’s religious faith was sincere, but tended to be practical rather than mystical.
The tradition of performing
Messiah at Christmas began later in the 18th century. Although the work was occasionally performed during Advent in Dublin, the oratorio was usually regarded in England as an entertainment for the penitential season of Lent, when performances
of opera were banned. Messiah’s extended musical focus on Christ’s redeeming sacri ce also makes it particularly suitable for Passion Week and Holy Week, the periods when it was usually performed during Handel’s lifetime. But in 1791, the Cæcilian Society of London began its annual Christmas performances, and in 1818 the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston gave the work’s rst complete performance in the US on Christmas Day — establishing a tradition that continues to the present.
Following the pattern of Italian baroque opera, Messiah is divided into three parts. The rst is concerned with prophecies of the Messiah’s coming, drawing heavily from messianic texts in
the Book of Isaiah, and concludes with an account of the Christmas story that mixes both Old and New Testament sources. The second part deals
with Christ’s mission and sacri ce, culminating in the grand “Hallelujah Chorus.” The nal, shortest section is an extended hymn of thanksgiving, an expression of faith beginning with Job’s statement “I know that my Redeemer liveth” and closing with the majestic chorus “Worthy is the Lamb” and a fugal “Amen.” In its focus on Christ’s sacri ce Messiah resembles the great Lutheran Passions of Schütz and Bach, but with much less direct narrative and more meditative commentary on the redemptive nature of the Messiah’s earthly mission. Handel scholar Robert Myers suggested that “logically Handel’s masterpiece should be called Redemption, for its author celebrates the idea of Redemption, rather than the personality of Christ.”
For the believer and non-believer alike, Handel’s Messiah is undoubtedly a majestic musical edi ce. But while a truly popular favorite around the world, Messiah aspires to more than just a reputation as an enjoyable musical event. After an early performance
of the work in London, Lord Kinnoul congratulated Handel on the “noble entertainment” he had recently brought to the city. Handel is said to have replied, “My Lord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them; I wished to make them better.” Certainly Messiah carries an ennobling message to people of all faiths and credos, proclaiming “peace on earth, and goodwill towards men” — a message that continues to be timely and universal.
Program note by Luke Howard.
Scott Hanoian (conductor) is the music director and conductor of the UMS Choral Union where he conducts and prepares the Grammy Award-winning chorus in performances with the world’s nest orchestras and conductors. Choruses prepared by Mr. Hanoian have sung under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, Iván Fischer, Stefan Sanderling, Peter Oundjian, Fabien Gabel, and Arie Lipsky.
Mr. Hanoian is active as an organist, accompanist, continuo artist, conductor, choral adjudicator, and guest clinician.
He is the director of music and organist
at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, where
he directs the church’s four choirs and oversees the yearly concert series. Mr. Hanoian has served on the faculty of Wayne State University and Oakland University and was the artistic director and conductor of the Oakland Choral Society from 2013–15.
As an organist and conductor, Mr. Hanoian has performed concerts throughout the US and has led choirs
on trips to Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, France, and Spain. In the summer of
2017, Mr. Hanoian led the Christ Church Schola during their weeklong residency at Westminster Abbey.
Before moving to Grosse Pointe, Mr. Hanoian was the assistant organist and assistant director of music at Washington National Cathedral where he played the organ for many services including the funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Mr. Hanoian has recorded the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms for the JAV label.
Recognized by Opera magazine as “a star-to-be” following her Lincoln Center debut, Yulia Van Doren’s (soprano) current
season includes returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan (Handel’s Saul) and Music of the Baroque (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio), and appearances with the St. Louis Symphony (Haydn’s Creation), National Symphony (Messiah), and Seattle Symphony (Messiah).
A dedicated interpreter of repertoire off the beaten path, career highlights include creating the lead female role in the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Orango with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Peter Sellars and released on Deutsche Grammophon; two Grammy-nominated opera recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival; the modern revival of Monsigny’s opera Le roi et le fermier at Opera de Versailles, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center (recorded for Naxos); a tour of Handel’s Orlando with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Tanglewood festivals; a leading role in Scarlatti’s Tigrane at Opera de Nice; nationally televised performances at the Cartagena International Music Festival with soprano Dawn Upshaw, an important mentor; and creating a leading role in the world premiere staging of Lera Auerbach’s The Blind, an a cappella opera, at the Lincoln Center Festival. Especially recognized for her work in the baroque repertoire, Ms. Van Doren has performed with the majority of the North American baroque festivals and orchestras, and has the distinction of being the only singer awarded a top prize in all four US Bach vocal competitions.
Born in Moscow, Ms. Van Doren was raised in the US in a music- lled household in which she and her seven younger siblings were taught by her Russian mezzo- soprano mother and American jazz pianist father. Ms. Van Doren is honored to be an
Astral Artist, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and as the recipient of a Beebe Grant, she spent the 2011–12 season based in Paris.
John Holiday (countertenor), winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award and nominee for “Newcomer of the Year” by the German magazine Opernwelt, has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch, with his voice that has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker).
Mr. Holiday’s current season includes
a role debut as Nero in Agrippina with
Ars Lyrica, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, and a debut with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor in Handel’s Messiah. His season continues with his debut at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, singing the role of the First Male Voice
in Huang Ruo’s chamber opera Paradise Interrupted. Other recent highlights include creating the role of John Blue in the world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved with Opera Philadelphia, his Kennedy Center debut for his Marian Anderson Award Recital, and a tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.
Recently chosen as a 2018 Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts 100 honoree,
in the company of individuals such as Madeleine Albright, Glenn Close, and Janelle Monáe, Mr. Holiday received his BM in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a MM in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music, and the Artist Diploma in opera studies from The Juilliard School.
Miles Mykkanen (tenor) has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full- voiced tenor” (New York Times). The
current season sees the Michigan native making debuts at Minnesota Opera in the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, at Opera Philadelphia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and with Franz Welser- Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra in
fully staged performances of Ariadne auf Naxos. The tenor joins the Bayerische Staatsoper for Gluck’s Alceste and, on the concert stage, Messiah brings him to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, and to the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor.
Highlights of the recent past include Bernstein’s Candide at Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and at Tanglewood with The Knights; a New York Philharmonic debut in excerpts from West Side Story
led by Leonard Slatkin; and numerous performances at the Marlboro Music Festival in collaboration with Mitsuko Uchida, Malcolm Martineau, and Roger Vignoles.
PBS Great Performances produced a documentary of Renée Fleming’s American Voices festival in 2015, featuring Mr. Mykkanen in a master class with Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster. He was also seen on Medici.tv in Juilliard’s live-stream master classes with Renée Fleming, Fabio Luisi, and Emmanuel Villaume.
Alex Rosen (bass) is quickly nding a home in the concert, operatic, and song repertoire in the US and abroad. His past season included Handel’s Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra, his New York Philharmonic debut in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and two tours of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Les Arts Florissants. This past summer, he appeared as Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera, and in a concert version of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Les Arts Florissants.
His current season includes a reprise of Die Schöpfung and a tour of Bach’s St.
John Passion with Les Arts Florissants, Die Schöpfung with L’Orchestre National de Metz, and Handel’s Radamisto with Opera Lafayette. Throughout the season, Mr. Rosen is collaborating with Polish pianist Michał Biel. Together, they won second prize in the 2018 International Hugo Wolf Academy Competition in Stuttgart, and are one of four duos in the inaugural season
of the Royaumont Foundation’s Song and Lied Academy in Paris. Mr. Rosen is a native of La Cañada, California.
Joseph Gascho (harpsichord) has performed for enrapt audiences across the world, from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Paris, Tokyo, and Taipei. Trained under the mastery of Webb Wiggins and Arthur Haas, Mr. Gascho has garnered multiple awards for his playing, including rst prize in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, and the prestigious Pomeroy Prize for Early Music.
He has guest conducted and performed concerti with Apollo’s Fire, and served
as conductor with Opera Vivente, the Maryland Opera Studio, and the Peabody Institute. He recently conducted four all- Bach concerts for Apollo’s Fire, “leading with energy, authority, and a conducting technique that inspired the musicians he led to perform at their highest level. Mr. Gascho’s interpretations of the cantatas found the heart of each piece from the outset, realizing fully the drama and emotion that, in lesser hands, can often be lost in their rigid format (The Cleveland Plain Dealer).”
He is likewise distinguished as an accomplished recording producer. Many celebrated artists and ensembles have turned to him to produce their recordings, including Pomerium, the Folger Consort,
Trio Pardessus, the 21st Century Consort, Ensemble Gaudior, Three Notch’d Road, pianist/composer Haskell Small, Cantate Chamber Singers, and the Washington Master Chorale.
Mr. Gascho serves on the faculty at
the U-M School of Music, Theatre &
Dance, and at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival’s Baroque Instrumental Program. He has spent years mentoring students
at the Baroque Performance Institute
at Oberlin College, where he teaches basso continuo, coaches chamber music, and conducts the student orchestra. Educational institutions across the world have invited him to lecture and give master classes, including Gettysburg College,
the University of South Dakota, and the Conservatoire in Strasbourg, France.
Mr. Gascho holds master’s and doctoral degrees in harpsichord from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland, where he also studied orchestral conducting with James Ross.
As keyboardist for the acclaimed University of Michigan Chamber Choir, Scott VanOrnum (organ) brings unusual depth and artistry to ensemble music- making. His recent performances with
the U-M Chamber Choir include a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand, which culminated with an invitational appearance at the New Zealand Choral Federation’s National Conference. A specialist in continuo instruments for baroque and early classical choral repertoire, Mr. VanOrnum is also keyboardist for the
U-M Orpheus Singers, where he mentors graduate choral conducting students in conductor-accompanist collaboration.
He is also on the artistic staff of the UMS Choral Union, for which he served as collaborative pianist for the 2014 Grammy Award-nominated Naxos recording of
Darius Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle. Mr. VanOrnum is also associate director of music at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham.
Mr. VanOrnum has concertized throughout the US and abroad, including performances in Germany, Italy, France, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand.
He has served on the faculties of U-M’s All-State Program at Interlochen, the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute at U-M, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. In addition to performing and teaching schedules, he has served
on the executive boards of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor and Detroit chapters of the American Guild of Organists. An honors graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and recipient
of the United States Presidential Scholars in the Arts medal, Mr. VanOrnum studied organ performance with David Craighead at the Eastman School, and with Marilyn Mason at U-M.
Celebrating its 90th season this year, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO)
has been independently and favorably compared to musical giants such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Boston Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony orchestras. All
of these orchestras play regularly here, and Ann Arbor’s quality-conscious audience equates the A2SO to them with their discretionary entertainment dollars. This season the A2SO announced its eighth consecutive year of over 1,000 subscribers, underscoring the quality of the musical experience delivered to its growing audience.
The A2SO is a versatile orchestra, performing the gamut of musical styles: from Beethoven to Bartók, and from the revered Russian Masters to new and contemporary music by Ann Arbor’s own
Bill Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Jessica Hunt. The A2SO
is proud to have commissioned and premiered Bolcom’s Ann Arbor Saturday to begin the 90th season celebrations.
A2SO concerts frequently feature world-class guest soloists including this season’s opening concert with Aaron Diehl improvising on Gershwin in Hill Auditorium, 2018 Enescu Competition winner Zlatomir Fung, and Grammy-winner Augustin Hadelich. The A2SO is most privileged to be part of a community already enriched with musical talent including this weekend’s concertmaster Kathryn Votapek and area choruses such as the UMS Choral Union and Measure for Measure. The A2SO is proud to play concerts in all venues — from area farmers’ markets to school classrooms, and from libraries to day care centers and senior centers. You can hear A2SO concerts in person and by broadcast on WKAR and WRCJ radio stations.
Whether on the radio, in the concert hall, or the classroom, the A2SO is passionately committed to lead and enrich the culture
of the region. It attracts, inspires, and educates the most diverse audience possible, fosters a growing appreciation for orchestral music and regional talent, and provides imaginative programming through community involvement.
Join the A2SO back at Hill Auditorium on Friday, December 14 for its annual Holiday Pops concert.
Formed in 1879 by a group of local university and townspeople who gathered together for the study of Handel’s Messiah, the UMS Choral Union has performed
with many of the world’s distinguished orchestras and conductors in its 140-
year history. First led by Professor Henry Simmons Frieze and then conducted
by Professor Calvin Cady, the group
has performed Handel’s Messiah in
Ann Arbor annually since its rst Messiah performance in December 1879. Based in Ann Arbor under the aegis of UMS
and led by Scott Hanoian, the 175-voice Choral Union is known for its de nitive performances of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. The UMS Choral Union’s 2018–19 season continues in February for a performance of Britten’s War Requiem. In April, the Choral Union joins the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Arie Lipsky for a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
The UMS Choral Union was a participant chorus in a rare performance and recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Hill Auditorium in April 2004 under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Naxos Records released a three-disc set of this recording in October 2004, featuring
the UMS Choral Union and U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance ensembles. The recording won four Grammy Awards in 2006, including “Best Choral Performance” and “Best Classical Album.” Other recent highlights include a Grammy-nominated recording project with the U-M School
of Music, Theatre & Dance’s choral and orchestral ensembles of a performance of the rarely heard Oresteian Trilogy by Darius Milhaud conducted by Kenneth Kiesler. The ensemble recently received The American Prize in Choral Performance (community division) for its 2017 performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
Participation in the UMS Choral Union remains open to all students and adults by audition. For more information on how to audition, please visit ums.org/choralunion.
The UMS Choral Union began performing on December 16, 1879 and has presented Handel’s Messiah in performances ever since. This weekend’s performances mark the UMS Choral Union’s 439th and 440th appearances under UMS auspices, following its most recent UMS performances in December 2017 of Handel’s Messiah in Hill Auditorium. Scott Hanoian makes his 10th and 11th UMS appearances this weekend, following his UMS debut in December 2015 in performances of Handel’s Messiah. This weekend’s performances
mark the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s 78th and 79th UMS performances since its 1974 UMS debut. Joseph Gascho makes his seventh and eighth UMS appearances this weekend following his UMS debut in December 2015 in performances of Handel’s Messiah. Organist Scott VanOrnum makes his 28th and 29th UMS appearances this weekend following his UMS debut in March 2003 at Pease Auditorium with the UMS Choral Union under the baton of Thomas Sheets. UMS welcomes soprano Yulia Van Doren, countertenor John Holiday, tenor Miles Mykkanen, and bass Alex Rosen as they make their UMS debuts this weekend.
ANN ARBOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Arie Lipsky / Music Director of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Mary Steffek Blaske / Executive Director
James Lancioni / Production Manager and Librarian
Erin Casler / Production Coordinator
Aaron Berofsky Concertmaster Chair
Straka-Funk Violin Chair Honoring Kathryn Votapek
Ruth Merigian and Albert A. Adams Chair
Jennifer Berg Violin Chair
Linda Etter Violin Chair
Froehlich Family Violin Chair
Susan Krehbiel Violin Chair
Gates & Rudisill Endowed Principal Second Violin Chair
Sarah and Jack Adelson Violin Chair
Brian Etter and Betty Nolting Memorial Violin Chair
Doubleday Family Violin Chair
Kim, Darlene, and Taylor Eagle Violin Chair
Anne Ogren Nathaniel Cornell
Tim and Leah Adams Principal Viola Chair
Vincent Family Charitable Fund Viola Chair
Sundelson Endowed Principal Cello Chair
Rachel and Arie Lipsky Cello Chair
Rita and James H. White Cello Chair
Gregg Emerson Powell*
Paloma and José Jalife Principal Bass Chair
A2SO Board Emerita Chair
Gilbert Omenn Endowed Principal Oboe Chair
Yuki Harding Kristin Reynolds
Bill and Jan Maxbauer Oboe Chair
E. Daniel Long Principal Bassoon Chair
William and Betty Knapp Section Bassoon Chair
A. Michael and Remedios Montalbo
Young Principal Trumpet Chair
Lisa Marie Tubbs Trumpet Chair
A. Michael and Remedios Montalbo Young Principal Timpani Chair
* denotes principal position
UMS CHORAL UNION
Scott Hanoian / Conductor and Music Director Shohei Kobayashi / Assistant Conductor
Jean Schneider and Scott VanOrnum / Accompanists Kathleen Operhall / Chorus Manager
Anne Cain-Nielsen / Librarian
Audra Anderson Elizabeth Baldner Jamie Bott *
Debra Joy Brabenec ** Ann Burke *****
Anne Busch *
Carol Callan *
Susan F. Campbell ****
Cheryl D. Clarkson **
Marie Ankenbruck Davis ** Carrie Deierlein
Kristina Eden *
Jennifer Freese *
Marie Gatien-Catalano – SC Cindy Glovinsky
Stephanie Miller-Allen Armaity Minwalla
Margaret Dearden Petersen ** Sara J. Peth ****
Julie Pierce *
Mary Schieve ***
Joy C. Schultz *
Elizabeth Starr **
Jennifer Stevenson * Katherine Szocik
Virginia Thorne-Herrmann * Petra Vande Zande
Margie Warrick ***
Barbara J. Weathers * Maureen White-Goeman
Mary Wigton – SL **
Paula Allison-England ** Carol Barnhart *
Lauren Boyles-Brewitt Shannon Cahalan
Lora Perry Campredon Jean Cares
Cheong-Hee Chang Kathleen E. Daly
Melissa Doyle *
Judi Lempert Green Johanna Grum *
Kat Hagedorn *
Carol Kraemer Hohnke ** Kate Hughey
Melissa Evans Itsell Katherine Klykylo *** Jean Leverich **
Cynthia Lunan **
Beth McNally – SC ** Ann McReynolds
Marilyn Meeker – SL *** Carol Milstein ** Danielle Mukamal Kathryn Murphy Kathleen Operhall ** Emily Peck
Hanna M. Reincke
Cindy Shindledecker ** Susan Sinta *
Hanna Song *
Katherine Spindler * Gayle Beck Stevens ** Paula Strenski
Ruth A. Theobald *
Cheryl Utiger **
Alice VanWambeke * Karen Woollams **
Michael Ansara Jr.
Gary Banks – SC *
Parinya Chucherdwatanasak John R. Diehl
Steven Fudge – SL ** Richard S. Gibson
Carl Gies *
Arthur Gulick **
Peter C. Henninger-Osgood Tyler Hodges
Benjamin Johnson Marius Jooste * Bob Klaffke ** Shohei Kobayashi
Andrew S. Kohler Juergen Lucas Rich Marsh * Michael McCarren John Meluso Thomas Shaw
Ray Shuster *
Carl Smith *** Robert J. Stevenson * Maxwell Trombley Zachary Wasserman Trevor Young Lawrence Zane
Sam Baetzel – SL * William H. Baxter ** Joel Beam
Andrew Berryhill William Boggs – SC Charles A. Burch Kyle Cozad
John Dryden ***
Robert R. Florka Christopher Friese Philip Gorman **
Jorge I igues-Lluhi Michael S. Khoury Joseph S. Kosh
Roderick L. Little ** Andrea Lupini
Joseph D. McCadden *** James B. McCarthy James C. Rhodenhiser * Ian Roederer
Thomas Sommerfeld William Stevenson * Kevin Taylor
*Each asterisk next to a name represents one decade of membership in the Choral Union
SL – Section Leader SC – Section Coach
THIS WEEKEND’S VICTOR FOR UMS:
Carl and Isabelle Brauer Endowment Fund
Supporter of this weekend’s performances of Handel’s Messiah.
MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND...
12/16 Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin
1/20 Los Angeles Master Chorale: Lagrime di San Pietro 2/16 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and UMS Choral Union:
Britten’s War Requiem Tickets available at www.ums.org.
ON THE EDUCATION HORIZON...
12/16 Pre-Performance Talk: How Singers and Pianists Collaborate (Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby, 3:00 pm)
Must have a ticket to that afternoon’s performance by Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin to attend.
1/18 Post-Performance Artist Q&A: The Great Tamer (Power Center, post-performance)
Must have a ticket to that evening’s performance of The Great Tamer to attend.
Educational events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Handel’s Messiah George Frideric Handel / Composer