The Winston-Salem Symphony Will Present Handel’s Messiah Dec. 18
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (DECEMBER 4, 2017) – The Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place on Tues., Dec. 18. This year marks the Symphony’s twelfth year performing what has become a Triad holiday favorite and is widely regarded as music’s most powerful message of faith. Conducted by Dr. Christopher Gilliam, Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus Director, the Messiah is a spiritual experience perfect for the holiday season.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church (646 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem). Tickets are $15 to $47 and can be purchased online at WSsymphony.org or by phone 336-464-0145.
The Winston-Salem Symphony’s performance of the Messiah will feature guest singers Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano; Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano; Patrick Muehleise, tenor; and John Buffett, baritone as well as members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Gilliam.
Centenary United Methodist Church provides a beautiful, spiritual setting for the music with seasonal decorations including greenery, poinsettias, and a large illuminated Moravian star. The musicians, the voices, and the location create a unique and magical experience.
Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a soloist and chamber musician based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recent solo engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Memphis and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras; BWV 105 Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra; Bach’s B minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte and American Bach Soloists Academy, and Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony with the Portland Symphony (ME). Alongside organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Haigh is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV. She holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University; the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She in on faculty at UNC-Charlotte and was a 2018 recipient of Early Music America’s Summer Workshop Scholarship. For more information visit margaretcarpenterhaigh.com.
Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph) and is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She was a recipient of the prestigious 2018–2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. With pianist Tyler Wottrich, in March of 2017, Osowski became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. In September, the duo was also one of four to reach the finals in the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London, and Osowski was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. She recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and third place in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal. Active as an educator, Osowski has enjoyed giving masterclasses at several universities and teaches on the faculty at Aspen Music Festival’s Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire. Please visit claraosowski.com for more information.
Praised for his “real musicality and finely executed coloratura,” Patrick Muehleise is an American tenor known for his “beautiful, evenly produced lyric tenor” and “pure tone.” Recent engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Xian Zhang at the Aspen Music Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under the baton of Jane Glover, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with both Elmhurst Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte, Reich’s The Desert Music with New World Symphony, and the role of Pan in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago. He is a regular member of award-winning ensembles such as Seraphic Fire, True Concord, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Grant Park Symphony Chorus. He has taken the stage with Aspen Chamber Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Muehleise continues his residency at the University of California-Los Angeles for the second academic year and will return to the Aspen Music Festival for his second year as Artist-Faculty in partnership with the Seraphic Fire. Visit patrickmuehleise.com for more information.
Baritone John Buffett, praised by the Salt Lake Tribune for his “warm tone and ringing top notes,” has sung with the Symphonies of Utah, San Antonio, and Syracuse, the Rochester Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Charlotte Bach Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the LA Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Ars Lyrica. Recent engagements include both Bach passions, Bach’s B minor mass and Cantata 153, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, the Mozart and Faure Requiems, Handel’s Messiah, and Charpentier’s Petite Pastoral and Te Deum. Equally as comfortable on the operatic stage, he has sung with the Opera Companies of Utah, Sarasota, and Memphis, Utah Festival Opera, the Ohio Light Opera and Eastman Opera Theater. Currently on faculty at CSU Long Beach, Buffett received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Please visit WSsymphony.org for more information.
The concert is sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsors Bell, Davis & Pitt and BB&T as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.
About the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus
The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus is an auditioned mixed ensemble made up of volunteer singers, many of whom are professional soloists, or who are current members of area church and university choruses. It is directed by Dr. Christopher Gilliam. The Symphony Chorus rehearses weekly and performs several times each year with the Winston-Salem Symphony. For more information visit WSsymphony.org/about/chorus.
About the Winston-Salem Symphony
The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, began its 72nd season in October 2018. The season will include performances featuring the five finalists for the Music Director position. Each candidate will conduct a pair of Classics Series concerts, and attendees will have a chance to play a role in the selection process. In addition, the 2018–2019 season will include a Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids series, an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Concert for Community featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs, including the newest offering, the P.L.A.Y. (Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth) Music program providing, primarily to under-served youth, instrumental music instruction and more. The Symphony is supported by Season Presenting Sponsors BB&T and Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., as well as generous funding from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, the North Carolina Arts Council, and other dedicated sponsors. For more information, visit WSsymphony.org.