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Mar 11, 2016 @ 7:30PM

Mass in Time of War - Seattle

About This Performance

Artistic Partner David Lockington returns to lead Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Choral Company, and four of the finest Northwest soloists in this presentation of Haydn's Mass in Time of War. Also known as “The Kettledrum Mass” for its use of timpani, our performance of Haydn’s popular mass setting promises to be powerful, joyful, and emotional.

Aaron Jay Kernis  Musica Celestis
Mendelssohn Sinfonia in D min No. 7





Mass in Time of War
      Seattle Choral Company
      Megan Chenovick, soprano
      Nerys Jones, mezzo-soprao
      Ross Hauck, tenor
      Charles Robert Stephens, baritone








David Lockington, Artistic Partner
Over the past thirty-five years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007; and in March 2013, Mr. Lockington was appointed to the same position with the Pasadena Symphony. He also has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain where he is currently the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. Beginning with the 15/16 season he will be one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Washington.

For his full bio, visit http://www.cmartists.com/artists/david-lockington.htm

Seattle Choral Company
Led by founding director Freddie Coleman, the SCC has been capturing the attention of audiences in Greater Seattle for 33 years and become a renowned regional champion of contemporary choral music. Members of the professional-caliber ensemble are drawn from throughout the Puget Sound area. They have recorded soundtracks for public and broadcast television, Hollywood film trailers, and an extensive catalogue of their own choral compilation albums.

The SCC has become a valued collaborator with other performing arts organizations in the region, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, and Northwest Sinfonietta. They are also currently serving as Artist-in-Residence at Seattle’s Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

To read their full bio, visit http://www.seattlechoralcompany.org/history/

Megan Chenovick, soprano
Megan Chenovick (lyric coloratura soprano) graces operatic, musical theatre and concert stages alike. Hailed for her “superb showmanship” this two-time NW Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist has appeared with Tacoma Opera, Vashon Opera, Balagan Theatre, Skagit Opera, Music of Remembrance (conducted by Seattle Symphony's Ludovic Morlot), Bellevue Opera, and Lyric Light Opera. In 2014 Ms. Chenovick had the pleasure of singing the world premiere of a song cycle, In Sleep the World is Yours composed by Lori Laitman and commissioned by Music of Remembrance, which will be shortly released on the Naxos label.

Nerys Jones, mezzo-soprano
Nerys Jones was born and educated in Mid Wales (Llanfair Caereinion) and studied at both the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall schools of music
and drama.

In 1994 she joined English National Opera where she remained a company mezzo-soprano for six seasons. She has performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Early Music Consort and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at the National Eisteddfod. Other appearances include Grange Park Opera, Barbican Concert Hall under the baton of the late Richard Hickox, Reisopera in Holland, Vlaamse Opera,the Adelaide Festival, Opera Zuid, La Fenice in Venice, Puget Sound Concert Opera, and Seattle Opera.

Nerys moved with her family to Seattle in 2006 and has continued with her singing career, performing with Vashon Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Opera.

Ross Hauck, tenor
Lyric Tenor Ross Hauck has been lauded by the Seattle Times as "almost superhuman in musical effect".  He is a specialist in the sacred oratorio work, but is well-known for his versatility and range of expression.  Recent appearances include Pacific MusicWorks, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, as well as the symphonies of Phoenix, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Portland, and the National Symphony.

Opera credits include lead roles with companies in Tacoma, Sacramento, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, among others.  Mr. Hauck is a distinguished alum of the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, with further training at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen and two seasons at the prestigious Filene Center at Wolf Trap.  He is a cellist and serves as professor of voice at Seattle University.  He is active in ministry through the arts, and lives in Maple Valley, WA with his wife and 4 children.

Charles Robert Stephens, baritone
Charles Robert Stephens has been hailed by The New York Times as “a baritone of smooth distinction.” In his two decades in New York City, he has sung several roles with the New York City Opera, at Carnegie Hall with Opera Orchestra of New York, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Masterworks Chorus, and Musica Sacra.

Mr. Stephens has sung as soloist with the Seattle Symphony six times and is very active with orchestras throughout the PNW including the orchestras of Tacoma, Spokane, Bellingham, Walla Walla and Yakima. Highlights for 2015-16 includes appearances with Pacific Musicworks (Monteverdi Vespers), Seattle Pro Musica (Bach B Minor Mass), and Lyric Opera Northwest (Rigoletto).

He is on the voice faculty at PLU and teaches privately in Seattle and Tacoma.


Mass in Time of War - Seattle

When & Where

Mar 11, 2016 @ 7:30PM - Mar 11, 2016 @ 9:30PM

Benaroya Hall - Nordstrom Recital Hall 200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

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