Collegiate Chorale and Israel Phil Present KOL NIDRE and MECHAYE HAMETIM at Carnegie Hall, 10/25


The Collegiate Chorale announces its encore performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra of Arnold Schoenberg's Kol Nidre and Israeli composer Noam Sheriff's Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead), which they performed this summer at the Salzburg Festival. The October 25 performance will be the New York premiere of Mechaye Hametim.

Along with Grammy Award-winning baritone Thomas Hampson, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Yuja Wang and The Collegiate Chorale, tenor Carl Hieger joins the roster of participating artists in a unique program with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on October 25, 2012 at 7pm.

The concert recently saw a program change: after the heartfelt response the IPO received for its performance at the Salzburg Festival in July, and front-page coverage of the concert in The New York Times, the Orchestra quickly restructured the October 25 program for Carnegie Hall. Arnold Schoenberg's Kol Nidre and the New York premiere of Noam Sheriff's Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead)-two works performed in Salzburg-will bookend a concert that also features internationally celebrated pianist Yuja Wang performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.

This benefit concert is being generously underwritten by Adrienne Arsht. Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will travel across the country with Yuja Wang, performing in New York, Palm Desert, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Benefit tickets may be purchased by contacting American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra online or by phone at 212-697-2949 or at Concert tickets may be purchased through Carnegie Hall's box office, website or by phone at 212-247-7800. (Tickets starting from $21.)

The Collegiate Chorale's 2012/2013 season:

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4
Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall
In a fusion of song and symphony, The Collegiate Chorale, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and American Symphony Orchestra join forces in honor of the orchestra's 50th anniversary for a performance of Mahler's massive Symphony of a Thousand. First performed in America in 1916 under the baton of the ASO's founder Leopold Stokowski, this performance of the Mahler 8 will be accompanied by Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 and Stokowski's arrangement of John Stafford Smith's The Star-Spangled Banner. Leon Botstein conducts.

Vincenzo Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda (Fall Gala)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6pm at Carnegie Hall
The Chorale will feature the extraordinary Angela Meade in the title role, along with soloists Jamie Barton, Michael Spyres and Nicholas Pallesen. Set in 15th century Milan and based on an actual historical figure, the opera tells of the tormented but saintly wife of the Duke of Milan, falsely accused of adultery by the scorned lover of one of her admirers and sentenced to death by her husband. Beatrice di Tenda is characterized by ravishing melodies and exciting finales. It premiered in 1833 and was famously revived in 1961 by Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, Music Director James Bagwell conducts The Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra in this Fall Gala presentation.

Osvaldo Golijov's Oceana and Philip Glass's Symphony No. 7 "Toltec"
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall
In an interesting pairing of contemporary choral compositions by Golijov and Glass, The Chorale turns its attention towards Latin America with the New York premieres of Oceana andSymphony No. 7 "Toltec." Commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival in 1996, Golijov wrote Oceana in the spirit of a Bach cantata, but also in a Latin American musical style that features a jazz/pop vocalist, percussion, and guitars. Setting the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Oceana, is in Golijov's words, "the transmutation of passion into geometry" and where "water and longing, light and hope, the immensity of South America's nature and pain, are here transmuted into pure musical symbols, which nevertheless should be more liquid than the sea and deeper than the yearning that they represent." Popular Venezuelan vocalist Biella Da Costa joins The Chorale in performance of this compelling musical work.