The Clarion Choir joins The English Concert and conductor Harry Bicket for a performance of Georg Friedrich Handel’s dramatic oratorio, Solomon. Richly orchestrated and written for a double chorus, this is one of Handel's most grand oratorios. The wisdom of King Solomon is celebrated in memorable scenes such as the consecration of the Temple in Jerusalem and the performance of a masque during the state visit of the Queen of Sheba.
The Carnegie Hall performance on March 12th follows an international tour of the work which includes performances at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid (Feb 26), the Barbican in London (Feb 28), Cal Performances in Berkeley (Mar 5), and LA Opera (March 10).
Harry Bicket, conductor
Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano
HANDEL Solomon, HWV 67 (concert performance) Ann Hallenberg, Solomon Christina Gansch, Solomon's Queen and First Harlot Elena Villalón, Queen of Sheba James Way, Zadok Brandon Cedel, A Levite Niamh O'Sullivan, Second Harlot The English Concert Harry Bicket, Artistic Director and Conductor The Clarion Choir Steven Fox, Artistic Director
'The English Concert, a superb period instrument orchestra whose annual spring visit to Carnegie is a must for Handel-lovers... were joined by the aptly named Clarion Choir (Steven Fox, artistic director) and six splendid soloists, all led by the conductor Harry Bicket...the choruses may be the glory of “Semele.” Act II — when it looks like Semele and Jupiter, in the form of a mortal man, are going to live in sensual bliss — ends with the sumptuous “Bless the glad earth.”'
Anthony Tomassini, The New York Times
'Who could fail to be knocked sideways by the balanced tones and glorious thrust of New York's Clarion Choir (so aptly named)'
Geoff Brown, The Times of London