Season Finale: Bernstein's Mass
Sunday, August 5, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.
Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Chorus
Keith Lockhart, conductor
John McVeigh, tenor
Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center
Dean Anthony, director
Brevard Music Center Festival Chorus
Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
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A Festival Within a Festival Celebrating the Centennial of Leonard Bernstein
For its third Festival Within a Festival, Brevard Music Center joins arts organizations across the nation in saluting the centennial of celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein. One of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music, Joseph Horowitz returns to Brevard to participate in a season-long series of events and free lectures providing rich context around the influential composer's music. BMC's Leonard Bernstein Festival includes a series of classical and Broadway concerts featuring beloved works such as Chichester Psalms, Symphony No. 2 ("Age of Anxiety"), and the Mass (Season Finale), among others. Two fully staged performances of the opera Candide and the movie West Side Story (with live symphony) complete BMC's rich and varied festival programming.
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KEITH LOCKHART, conductor
Artistic Director, Brevard Music Center
David Effron Principal Conductor Chair
In 2007, Keith Lockhart succeeded David Effron as Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival. Lockhart’s appointment solidified an already special relationship with BMC; having attended as a teenager for two summers (1974, 1975), Lockhart was first featured as a guest conductor in 1996 and had since returned numerous times. He continues to serve as the Conductor of The Boston Pops Orchestra, and is newly appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, having served for the last eight years as its Principal Conductor.
Keith Lockhart has conducted nearly every major orchestra in North America, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In October 2012, he made his London Philharmonic debut in Royal Albert Hall. In the opera pit, Maestro Lockhart has conducted productions with the Atlanta Opera, Washington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Utah Opera. Recent highlights included debut appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Vienna Radio Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. The 2017- 2018 season saw Lockhart make his French debut with the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, and his Norwegian debut with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as return engagements in Japan and the Czech Republic. He also recently completed a recording of the Bernstein Serenade with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In February 1995, Lockhart was named the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. Now in his 24th season, he has conducted over 1900 concerts and made 79 television shows, including 38 new programs for PBS’s Evening at Pops, and the annual July Fourth spectacular, broadcast nationally for many years. The Boston Pops’ 2002 July Fourth broadcast was Emmy-nominated, and the Evening at Pops telecast of “Fiddlers Three” won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has led the orchestra on four overseas tours of Japan and Korea, and 43 national tours in the US, reaching 18 states and more than 150 cities (including performances at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and sports arenas across the country) and extending to the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Since November 2004, he and the Boston Pops have released six self-produced recordings: 2017’s Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams, A Boston Pops Christmas—Live from Symphony Hall, Sleigh Ride, America, Oscar & Tony, and The Red Sox Album. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra have also recorded eight albums with RCA Victor—Runnin’ Wild: Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops Orchestra Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, the GRAMMY-nominated The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, Encore!, the Latin GRAMMY-nominated The Latin Album, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration.
Highlights of his tenure as the seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra (2010-2017) include critically acclaimed North American tours (2010/2011 and 2012/2013, and 2014/2015), conducting annual performances at The Proms, and celebrating the orchestra’s 60th year in 2012. In June of that same year, Keith Lockhart conducted the orchestra during Queen Elizabeth II’s gala Diamond Jubilee Concert, which was broadcast around the world.
In 2009, Keith Lockhart concluded eleven seasons as Music Director of the Utah Symphony. He led that orchestra through the complete symphonic works of Gustav Mahler, brought them to Europe on tour for the first time in two decades, and directed multiple appearances at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He stood at the front of that organization’s historic merger with the Utah Opera to create the first-ever joint administrative arts entity of the Utah Symphony and Opera. Under his baton, the Utah Symphony released its first recording in two decades, Symphonic Dances, in April 2006, garnered an Emmy award for a “Salute to Symphony” regional broadcast, and performed in a national PBS broadcast of Vaughn Williams’ oratorio Hodie.
Keith Lockhart served as Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for seven years, completing his tenure in 1999. During his leadership, the orchestra doubled its number of performances, released recordings, and developed a reputation for innovative and accessible programming. Maestro Lockhart also served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra from 1990 to 1995.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Maestro Lockhart began his musical studies on piano at the age of 7, and holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and also holds honorary doctorates from the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Northeastern University, Furman University, and Carnegie Mellon University, among others. He was the 2006 recipient of the Bob Hope Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and was a recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts highest cultural honor.
DEAN ANTHONY, stage director
Enjoying a 25+ year career as a stage performer, Dean Anthony - referred to as “The Tumbling Tenor” - created over 100 roles and was praised as a character artist for his vocal, dramatic, physical and acrobatic abilities. Mr. Anthony has quickly established himself as a dynamic stage director and teacher on the operatic scene with his energetic, gritty and physical style of work. In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Anthony will serve as the Opera Director in Residence at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he will direct the world premiere of Mayo by Tom Cipullo.
In the summer of 2013 Mr. Anthony began his appointment as Director of Opera with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. A member of the faculty at Brevard since 2008, his productions include Le nozze di Figaro, Street Scene, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Rigoletto, the Merry Widow, Falstaff, Albert Herring, Sweeney Todd, The Threepenny Opera, Elixir of Love, Suor Angelica, Tintypes, HMS Pinafore, a workshop of Robert Aldridge’s new opera Sister Carrie, a workshop of J. Mark Scearce’s Falling Angel in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera, and the world premiere of the new opera, Speed Dating Tonight! conceived by Mr. Anthony, with words and music by Michael Ching.
Mr. Anthony recently directed Aida at Knoxville Opera, Man of La Mancha at Pensacola Opera and Amarillo Opera, Falstaff at Opera on the James; Dead Man Walking, Glory Denied, and Aida at Pensacola Opera; Semeramide at Opera Delaware; La Traviata and The Merry Widow for Pensacola Opera, HMS Pinafore and Dead Man Walking for Shreveport Opera, Glory Denied with Ft. Worth Opera Festival, Elixir of Love with Opera Delaware, Barber of Seville with Opera Naples, Falstaff with Winter Opera of St. Louis, Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, I Pagliacci with Shreveport Opera, The Magic Flute with Opera on the James, Trouble in Tahiti & Arias and Barcarolles at the University of Kansas, Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera, La Bohéme at Pensacola Opera, as well as Carmen for Opera on the James, the Pacific Symphony, Tulsa Opera, Florentine Opera, and Pensacola Opera.
DAVID GRESHAM, chorus master
David Gresham currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Music Major Coordinator at Brevard College, Artistic Director/Conductor of the Transylvania Choral Society, and Minister of Music at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. He is President of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to his conducting, Dr. Gresham is a singer and studio teacher and has been most active as an oratorio soloist and recitalist.
JOHN MCVEIGH, tenor
Acclaimed for his “fresh-toned and touching portrayal” by Opera News and lauded by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes, and striking good looks,” John McVeigh continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses worldwide. This season, McVeigh performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the tenor solo in Händel’s Messiah with DCINY, the solo in Mahler’s Das Lied der Erde with Trinity Church Wall Street, and productions of Turandot and The Merry Widow with The Metropolitan Opera. He also performs as a soloist in Bernstein’s Mass with Brevard Music Center Summer Music Festival. Next season will see McVeigh return to The Metropolitan Opera along with Opera Theater of St. Louis to sing Don Basilio in their production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Last season, McVeigh performed the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Portland Symphony Orchestra; Phillip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with The Washington Chorus; Händel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and DCINY; and a solo performance in a brand new concert entitled Rev. 23 with Prototype Festival. Additionally, he performed the role of the Footman in Der Rosenkavalier with Boston Symphony Orchestra, and returned to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Eugene Onegin.
An accomplished “cross-over” artist, McVeigh shares his talents both in operatic and theatrical settings. His extensive work includes performances as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Utah Opera and in his Central City Opera début; Johnny Inkslinger in Britten’s folkloric operetta, Paul Bunyan, with Central City Opera; Feeny in Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur and Hot Biscuit Slim in Paul Bunyan at New York City Opera (broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS); his Ravinia Festival début as Henrick in A Little Night Music alongside Patti LuPone; the title role in Candide with Austin Lyric Opera; and Anatol in Vanessa with San Diego Opera.
J'ERICSON NEWBY, boy soprano
J’Ericson Newby is nine years old and a rising fourth-grader. He recently completed his first year as a chorister at The Choir School at St. Peter’s and loves to sing and play the piano. In addition to his musical activities, he is a member of the Royal Rangers and, at seven years old, was one of the youngest competitors in Optimist
International’s Annual Oratorical Contest. He lives in Charlotte with his parents and his twin sister.
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