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.
There is no Preview Talk before this performance.
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.
Robert Moody has been music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony of North Carolina since 2005, artistic director of Arizona Musicfest since 2007 and music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine since 2008.
Moody’s 2013-14 season included debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the MusicNOW series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Guest conducting appearances in recent seasons include the symphony orchestras of Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Pacific, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Buffalo and Louisville, and in Europe, the Slovenian Philharmonic. Summer festival appearances include Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, PortOpera and the Oregon Bach Festival. He also debuted with the North Carolina Opera in 2014.
Equally at home in the opera pit, Moody began his career as apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linz, Austria. He has conducted at the opera companies of Santa Fe, Rochester, Hilton Head and the Brevard Music Center. He also assisted on a production of Verdi’s Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Moody served as associate, then resident conductor of The Phoenix Symphony in Arizona from 1998 to 2006. There he conducted a wide variety of concerts including Classics, Chamber, Pops, Family, Handel's “Messiah” and the New Year's Eve gala. His ability to speak with ease from the podium helped new converts to classical music and enthusiasts alike to gain a greater appreciation for orchestral music. Audiences at his concerts grew considerably during his time in Phoenix. Moody also founded The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and for seven years was Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra.
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.