Above: Daniel Moody, countertenor
At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13th, Concerts in the Village continues its seventh season with a program entitled Royal Handel. Featured will be CITV’s Broad Street Chorale, Broad Street Orchestra and soloists – 65 performers – in works chosen to highlight Handel at his most grand and colorful. The concert will be held at Kinderhook Reformed Church, in the Village of Kinderhook.
Led by David Smith, Artistic Director and Conductor, this concert will be CITV’s nineteenth. For the occasion over 60 musicians will be amassed, including guest soloists Katherine Rossiter (soprano), Daniel Moody (countertenor), Christopher Sokolowski (tenor), and Peter Rolfe Dauz (baritone).
The concert begins with the dramatic anthem Zadok the Priest, which has been sung at nearly every British coronation since 1727. Next tenor Sokolowski, widely praised for his remarkable technique and expressivity, will be featured in the seldom heard, highly virtuosic solo cantata Look down, harmonious saint, first performed in 1736. Composed in 1713, the great celebratory Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne follows. This multi-movement work opens with the famous aria “Eternal source of light divine” for countertenor and solo trumpet.
Following intermission Handel’s 1748 double concerto in B-flat for oboes, bassoons and strings provides a superb example of baroque vitality. Its dance-like rhythms and multiple echoing ensembles take full advantage of the technical mastery of the Broad Street Orchestra. To conclude Royal Handel, all of CITV’s solo, choral and instrumental forces are gathered to offer the magnificent Dettingen Te Deum, a large-scale work written in thanksgiving for the historic 1743 triumph of King George II over the French army. A more spectacularly festive conclusion to Royal Handel is difficult to imagine.
Says CITV’s Artistic Director David Smith, “The always imaginative Handel spared nothing in his conception of these powerful works. I am confident that listeners will find themselves lifted up, struck by the magnificence and grandeur of it all. Royal Handel will be a memorable concert experience.”
Soloists Katherine Rossiter and Daniel Moody will be making their CITV debuts. Christopher Sokolowski and Peter Rolfe Dauz were received with great enthusiasm at last year’s CITV performance of Alexander’s Feast. Rossiter and Dauz are second-year students in the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, where they work with the eminent American soprano and teacher Dawn Upshaw. Sokolowski, a Tanglewood Fellow this past summer, has had a distinguished career performing throughout midwestern and northeastern United States. Countertenor Moody, also a Tanglewood Fellow, has sung here and in England. Critical acclaim of his singing has been enthusiastic: Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Mr. Moody is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy sound” (The Washington Post) and ability to “pierce hearts” and “utterly silence a room” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) with his expressivity and deep connection with audiences.
A contribution of $ 20 includes an on-site reception immediately following the concert. Kinderhook Reformed Church is located at 21 Broad Street (Route 9) in the Village of Kinderhook (corner of Broad and Church Streets). For further information please visit: http://www.concertsinthevillage.org and Facebook.
This event is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Kinderhook Bank, Stewart’s Holiday Match, and from many individual and business supporters.