The American Bach Soloists join the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in tribute to George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Fireworks Celebration inspired by spectacular 1784 commemorative performance held at Westminster Abbey
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
The AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS (ABS) conclude their outstanding 20th Anniversary season with a grand concert at Grace Cathedral to honor George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest composers of the late Baroque period. To celebrate Handel’s life and music, American Bach Soloists will join The Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, conducted by Canon Director of Music Jeffrey Smith. The program will include some of George Frideric Handel’s finest choral works, along with the orchestral works Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Click here for more information: HANDEL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
For this performance, Maestro Jeffrey Thomas of ABS will conduct a large array of instruments assembled especially for this event, including a drum corps in Georgian military costume. The drum corps will be staged throughout the Cathedral to accentuate the dramatic force of Handel’s masterpiece. These remarkable compositions, including the choir’s performance of the coronation anthem Zadok the Priest, will resound perfectly in the architectural splendor of Grace Cathedral.
For the first time ever at Grace Cathedral – a live laser show replicating fireworks will be projected on screens above and behind the orchestra during select portions of Music for the Royal Fireworks. The laser light segment will be created by Greg Makhov, president of Lighting Systems Design, Inc. Makhov, an industry innovator, has engineered new laser systems and has designed many shows, including the nightly IllumiNations show at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center in Florida.
Handel’s music has been celebrated for centuries by countless performers and devotees of his unsurpassed musical legacy. The Fireworks Celebration at Grace Cathedral is presented in the spectacular style of the first commemorative event held in Westminster Abbey, London, in 1784, on the 25th anniversary of Handel’s death.
The Fireworks Celebration crowns ABS’s extraordinary 20th Anniversary season. Their collaboration with The Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys is an unprecedented musical and theatrical event that unites two musical forces to commemorate the legacy of a Baroque master. This will be remembered as the premier musical event of the season.
In the style of that famed event, Grace Cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys and American Bach Soloists will collaborate in a pair of performances that will feature some of Handel’s finest choral works along with his celebrated Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. The Choir of Men and Boys, conducted by Canon Director of Music Jeffrey Smith, will join the American Bach Soloists (ABS) in performances of grand compositions, including Zadok the Priest, that resound perfectly in the architectural splendor of the Cathedral. In addition, ABS conductor Jeffrey Thomas will lead an unusually huge array of instruments assembled especially for this event, including a drum corps in Georgian military costume. Accomplished soprano Abigail Haynes Lennox will be the soloist for Laudate, Pueri. Get ready – a live laser show accompanies the Music for the Royal Fireworks.
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Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: email@example.com.
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