Handel's Glorious Messiah
Robert Moody, conductor
Mary Wilson, soprano
Logan Tanner, countertenor
Taylor Stayton, tenor
Theo Hoffman, baritone
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Doors open at 2 p.m.
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A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio — with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus — provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.
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Robert Moody is in his 6th season as Music Director of The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and 17th season as Music Director of Arizona Musicfest. Under his artistic leadership, the Memphis Symphony has also enjoyed exponential growth in programming, recording, new commissions, and endowment growth to over $25 million. AZ Musicfest has become the premiere Winter Music Festival in North America, boasting a festival orchestra roster comprised of players from the world’s greatest orchestras.
During the 2021-22 season, Moody debuts with the Aachen and Erfurt Symphony Orchestras in Germany, as well as the Sacramento Philharmonic. In January 2022, he conducts a gala program with his friend Renee Fleming and the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra. Return engagements include the Pacific Symphony (CA), Sewanee Music Festival, and the three major orchestras of South Africa in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. Moody has previously conducted many of the major orchestras of the world, including Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, Los Angeles Philharmonic the Hollywood Bowl, the Toronto, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Prior to his position in Memphis, Moody was Music Director for both the Portland Symphony (Maine) and the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina). He previously held conducting positions with the Phoenix Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Brevard Music Center, New York City Youth Orchestra, and Landestheater Linz.
Moody collaborated with the Canadian Brass for their Bach and Legends albums, and he was the conductor for the album Fourth World, highlighting the music of Native American recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (available on the Canyon Record label). The Winston-Salem Symphony released their live 2009 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; a DVD recording of the same by the Arizona Musicfest followed in 2012.
A South Carolina native, Moody holds degrees from Furman University (voice and cello) and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his conducting degree with Donald Neuen. He is a Rotarian and has served on the boards of AIDs Care Services, Winston-Salem YMCA, WDAV Classical Radio, and the Charlotte Master Chorale. Moody and his partner, organist Jimmy Jones live in Memphis with their two dogs and one cat. Moody is an avid runner, swimmer, history buff, “Jeopardy!” addict, and snow-skier.
Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Istad, Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Pacific Chorale is composed of 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.