Handel Fall 22

Handel Society of Dartmouth College

November 15, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Ensemble season. This is an archived view.

A unique collection of sweeping choral music.

22/23 Hop Ensemble

Accompanied by a full orchestra and four guest soloists, the choral society fills the air with the sublime sounds of two of Mozart's treasured works, including Te Deum KV 141 for choir and orchestra—written by the music master at the early age of 13—and the evocative Coronation Mass KV 317 for soli, choir and orchestra, as well as Britten's profound Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Generously supported by the Gordon Russell 1955 Fund and Friends of the Handel Society.

Mary Bonhag, soprano
Mary Bonhag is an "extraordinary" singer (Classical Voice N. America), sought after for her impeccable musicianship and "supple expressive voice" (San Antonio News), specializing in the sacred music of J.S. Bach. She is both a new-music specialist and a singer deeply devoted to sacred music across the ages. Mary was featured in Resonant Bodies Festival, and has sung with 21st Century Consort and San Francisco Contemporary Players. Mary recently premiered a new chamber opera by Susan Botti, River Spirits. In 2010, Mary co-founded Scrag Mountain Music with her husband, composer/bassist Evan Premo, to organize chamber music residencies and innovative and affordable concerts around Vermont. After studies at University of Michigan and Bard College (under Dawn Upshaw's mentorship), she was invited to residencies at SongFest, Fall Island and Tanglewood. At the latter, she was honored with the Grace B. Jackson Prize and her performances were received with great acclaim.

Sophie Michaux, alto
Praised for her "warm, colorful mezzo" (Opera News), Sophie Michaux has become one of the Northeast's most versatile and compelling singers, at home in an eclectic span of repertoire ranging from grand opera to French cabaret songs. Sophie's recent engagements include collaborations with the Boston Early Music Festival, Blue Heron, the Lorelei Ensemble, Bach Collegium San Diego, Palaver Strings, Ruckus, Lowell Chamber Orchestra as well as a solo recital of Barbara Strozzi's music at the Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy. She won the second prize at the 2021 Handel Aria Competition in Madison WI, the William Grogan Award at the 2022 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo competition. She has sung under the baton of Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, Leonardo García Alarcón and Lidiya Yankovskaya, among others. This season, she will premiere Her Story by Julia Wolfe with the Boston, Chicago, Nashville and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, with the Lorelei Ensemble.

Gene Stenger, tenor
Hailed as an "impressive tenor" (The New York Times) who sings with "sweet vibrancy" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) Gene Stenger is one of the country's most called upon Bach specialists who is also heralded for his performances of oratorios by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Gene's 2022-2023 season includes solo debuts with both the Helena Symphony (Handel's Messiah), and Canticum Novum (Bach's Mass in B Minor) and returning solo appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic (Mozart's Coronation Mass), Eastern Connecticut Symphony (Britten's Serenade) and more. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gene holds degrees from Yale University's School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, Colorado State University and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. He currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he serves as instructor of voice at Yale University.

Chris Talbot, bass
Bass-baritone Christopher Talbot is a sought-after soloist and ensemble singer hailed for his "voice of warmth and strength" (Classical Review). With a special affinity for music of the baroque era, Christopher is at home performing a wide variety of musical genres, from medieval polyphony to experimental 21st-century works. Highlights of the 2022-23 season include the Monteverdi Vespers with Apollo's Fire, Bach's Magnificat with The Thirteen and Handel's Dixit Dominus with New Hampshire's Upper Valley Baroque. Previously Chris appeared as a vocal fellow with Bachakademie Charlotte and received a coveted spot in the masterclass at the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany, where he studied with baritone Peter Harvey. He received his MM from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music voice program and a BA from Drew University. While at Yale he became involved with the New Muses Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and performing works by underrepresented composers, and recently performed in the group's inaugural concert in New York City. A native of Massachusetts, Chris began singing at age 8 as a boy soprano in the choirs of All Saints, Worcester. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two cats.

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