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Saturday, December 3, 2022 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022 2:00 PM // Hill Auditorium

Handel’s Messiah

Performance
Pre-Performance Talk
 

Handel composed his oratorio Messiah over the course of a single month in 1741, six months before its triumphant premiere at a new concert hall in Dublin. Nearly 300 years later, Handel’s Messiah fills Hill Auditorium with its ravishing beauty brought to life by friends and colleagues from the community. Music director Scott Hanoian conducts the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in this annual holiday tradition.

Join host Doyle Armbrust for “The Society of Disobedient Listeners” — a special pre-performance talk, 6:30 pm in the lower lobby of Hill Auditorium. (Saturday only)

Please note that the Saturday performance will begin at 7:30 pm.

Meet the Artists

Scott Hanoian
Scott Hanoian
UMS Choral Union Music Director and Conductor
Sherezade Panthaki
Sherezade Panthaki
soprano
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
countertenor
Miles Mykkanen
Miles Mykkanen
tenor
Enrico Lagasca
Enrico Lagasca
bass-baritone
Doyle Armbrust
Doyle Armbrust
Pre-Performance Host

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Handel’s Messiah
Hill Auditorium
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

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Buy Tickets Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

 

 

12/3/22 7:30 PM
12/4/22 2:00 PM

Hill Auditorium

Handel’s Messiah

Performance
Pre-Performance Talk
Buy Tickets
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

Handel composed his oratorio Messiah over the course of a single month in 1741, six months before its triumphant premiere at a new concert hall in Dublin. Nearly 300 years later, Handel’s Messiah fills Hill Auditorium with its ravishing beauty brought to life by friends and colleagues from the community. Music director Scott Hanoian conducts the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in this annual holiday tradition.

Join host Doyle Armbrust for “The Society of Disobedient Listeners” — a special pre-performance talk, 6:30 pm in the lower lobby of Hill Auditorium. (Saturday only)

Please note that the Saturday performance will begin at 7:30 pm.

Buy Tickets

Handel’s Messiah
Hill Auditorium
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Buy Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Meet the Artists

Scott Hanoian
Scott Hanoian
UMS Choral Union Music Director and Conductor
Sherezade Panthaki
Sherezade Panthaki
soprano
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
countertenor
Miles Mykkanen
Miles Mykkanen
tenor
Enrico Lagasca
Enrico Lagasca
bass-baritone
Doyle Armbrust
Doyle Armbrust
Pre-Performance Host

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PATRON SPONSOR

  • Carl and Isabelle Brauer Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

Scott Hanoian
Scott Hanoian
UMS Choral Union Music Director and Conductor

Scott Hanoian is the music director and conductor of the UMS Choral Union where he conducts and prepares the Grammy Award-winning chorus in performances with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. Choruses prepared by Mr. Hanoian have sung under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, Iván Fischer, Osmo Vänskä, Peter Oundjian, Fabien Gabel, and Arie Lipsky.

Mr. Hanoian is active as an organist, accompanist, continuo artist, conductor, choral adjudicator, and guest clinician. He is the director of music and organist at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, where he directs the church’s four choirs and oversees the yearly concert series. Mr. Hanoian has served on the faculty of Wayne State University and Oakland University and was the artistic director and conductor of the Oakland Choral Society from 2013–15.

As an organist and conductor, Mr. Hanoian has performed concerts throughout the US and has led choirs on trips to Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, France, and Spain. In the summer of 2017, Mr. Hanoian led the Christ Church Schola during their weeklong residency at Westminster Abbey.

Before moving to Grosse Pointe, Mr. Hanoian was the assistant organist and assistant director of music at Washington National Cathedral where he played the organ for many services including the funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Mr. Hanoian has recorded the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms for the JAV label.

Learn more at scotthanoian.com

Sherezade Panthaki
Sherezade Panthaki
soprano

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success in music of the Baroque and beyond has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); “a full, luxuriously toned upper range” (Los Angeles Times), and passionately informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki enjoys ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Mark Morris, Nicholas Kraemer, Matthew Halls, Paul Agnew, and Lawrence Cummings.

Learn more at sherezadepanthaki.com

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
countertenor

Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by the New York Times and “extravagantly gifted… poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle, American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen is one of the classical vocal world’s most promising rising stars.

He has been awarded by many major competitions, including the Grand Prize of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant and 2022 Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. His first commercial recording project – the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs’ Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta – was honored with a 2019 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium category, which recognizes albums with multiple soloists and multiple works.

Learn more at aryehnussbaumcohen.com

Miles Mykkanen
Miles Mykkanen
tenor

Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full-voiced tenor” (The New York Times). Of his performance in the title role of Candide at Tanglewood, it was reported in Opera, “Mykkanen sang and spoke feelingly and superbly, with crystalline diction, a powerful lyric sound seemingly capable of infinite dynamic gradations.”

Learn more at milesmykkanen.com

Enrico Lagasca
Enrico Lagasca
bass-baritone

Filipino-American bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca performs oratorio, opera, chamber music, and recitals with repertoire from early to contemporary music both as soloist and chorister across the United States and internationally.

“Enrico Lagasca’s bold bass-baritone impressed with unusual brilliance and power even in his lowest register” (San Diego Story). Mr. Lagasca is a seasoned performer of chamber music and performs as soloist and chorister with some of the country’s most reputable and distinguished groups such as the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Sacra, Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Bard Festival Chorus, New York Choral Artists, TENET Vocal Artists, Clarion Music Society, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Washington Bach Consort, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, Bach Collegium San Diego, Spire Vocal Ensemble, The Thirteen, and Seraphic Fire.

Learn more at enricolagasca.com

Doyle Armbrust
Doyle Armbrust
Pre-Performance Host

In UMS’s 2022/23 season, Chicago-based music writer and violist Doyle Armbrust hosts “The Society of Disobedient Listeners” — an interactive pre-concert experience reconnecting listeners to the subversive, visceral, and even revolutionary elements of the evening’s program. Conceived as an anti-lecture, “Disobedient Listeners” draws the great music of the past into proximity with the felicities and calamities of modern life.

Doyle Armbrust has been called “a well-connected pillar of the Chicago new-music scene” by The New York Times and extolled for his “arrestingly unconventional” writing by Alex Ross in The New Yorker.

Learn more at darmbrust.com

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