Beginning its 33rd season of concerts since its founding by Peter Tiboris in 1983, MidAmerica Productions presents two performances at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, February 13, at 1 p.m. and at 8 pm. The concerts will showcase the talent and creative programming for which MidAmerica Productions is known. The first performance features three distinct sections, all performed with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Opening the 33rd Season
The concert season will commence with Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta conducting Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Op. 72, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 6, with the Czech violinist, Pavel Šporcl.
The second portion of the program features Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 589, with soloists Courtney Johnson, soprano, and Hyona Kim, mezzo-soprano; the Maple Mountain High School Choirs, Spanish Fork, UT; and members of the Maple Mountain High School Orchestra augmenting the New England Symphonic Ensemble, all conducted by Cory Mendenhall.
David R. Thye conducts John Rutter’s Magnificat with soprano Courtney Johnson and several choruses in the final work on the program, John Rutter’s Magnificat. Participating choruses are Marlborough Chamber Choir, Los Angeles, CA; Agape Chorale of St. John the Baptist Church, Napa, CA; Chowan University Chorus, Murfreesboro, NC; Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Pontifical Chorus, Santa Fe, NM; Choral Arts Society of St. Michael’s High School, Santa Fe, NM; and Maple Mountain High School Choirs, Spanish Fork, UT.
Ensemble Spotlight Series
At 8 p.m., MidAmerica Productions presents its popular Ensemble Spotlight Series, which features some of the finest choral and instrumental ensembles on the scene today. From Holland, Pennsylvania, the Council Rock South Orchestra will be conducted by Christopher Simon. The program will include performances of works such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole, Op. 34; Sarasate’s Malagueña from Spanish Dances, Op. 21, No. 1, orchestrated by Clark McAlister; and Márquez’s Danzon No. 2.
Two ensembles from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, perform separately on the Ensemble Spotlight Series. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Alan Zabriskie, performs a program titled “The Long Road Home.” Works include White Stones by Thomas LaVoy, Kalējs Kala Debesīs by Selga Mence, Miten wir im Leben sind by Mendelssohn, Kanaval by Sydney Guillaume, Come to Me, My Love by Norman Dello Joio, I Am by Dominick DiOrio, Wayfaring Stranger by Nathan Bigler, and Way Over in Beulah Lan’ arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs. Weiwei Xu is the accompanist.
Concluding the program will be the Wind Ensemble from the University of Central Missouri, conducted by Scott Lubaroff. Works include John Frantzen’s Skronk; Percy Grainger’s Bell Piece guest conducted by Ernest Jennings with the baritone solo sung by Austin Wellhoff; Mason Bates’ Chicago, 2012; and David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day.
If you are interested in performing at Carnegie Hall or in purchasing tickets to one of our upcoming 33rd season concerts, call us at 212-239-0205, or visit our website at www.midamerica-music.com. We hope to see you soon.