Trotta GLORIA To Be MidAmerica Productions' 100th New York Premiere

Trotta GLORIA To Be MidAmerica Productions' 100th New York Premiere

On Sunday, March 31 at 2 pm, composer Michael John Trotta will ascend the podium at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall to conduct his own music for the third time. As on the two previous occasions, the performance will be presented by MidAmerica Productions, as part of its 36th annual concert season, continuing its commitment to the music of living composers. This will be MidAmerica's 100th New York premiere.

"This is the first of seven New York premieres we'll have this season," says Peter Tiboris, Founder and General Music Director of MidAmerica Productions. "We've had the distinct pleasure of presenting Dr. Trotta twice before, most recently the world premiere of his Seven Last Words. After 92 world premieres, 21 U.S. premieres and 99 New York premieres, our audiences have come to expect something new at many MidAmerica events."

Trotta will lead a chorus of more than 140 voices and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in his Gloria for choir, organ, brass and percussion. "I am delighted to return to Carnegie with MidAmerica Productions," states Dr. Trotta. "It will be an exciting program featuring two Glorias, one by John Rutter from the 20th century, and my work, from the 21st." The Rutter Gloria will be conducted by Ray Adams, Director of the Indian River Choral Union, one of the choirs participating in the performance.

Dr. Trotta describes his Gloria as "a 14-minute work in three movements that uses a tapestry of sonorous harmonies that are triumphant, reflective and energetic to encompass both the history and the relevance of one of the oldest texts in the Christian tradition." Commissioned by a consortium of ten choirs for the 2018-2019 season, Gloria was given its world premiere in December 2018 by the Chancel Choir of the University Christian Church of Fort Worth, Texas, one of the commissioning ensembles.

The chorus will consist of members of the following groups:

· Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Chamber Choir, Scotch Plains, NJ (Jan Allen, Director)

· Indian River Choral Union, Vero Beach, FL (Ray Adams, Director)

· Oak Park High School Chamber Choir, Oak Park, CA (Heidi Cissell, Director)

· Indian River Charter High School Concert Choir, Vero Beach, FL (Gary Miller, Director)

· Central Bucks East High School, Doylestown, PA (Christopher Villante, Director)

· Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church, Marion, NC (Ruth Wakefield, Director)

· Brewer High School Varsity Mixed Ensemble, Fort Worth, TX (Mark Wynn, Director)

Sharing the Playbill

The March 31 concert will also include a performance of the Fauré Requiem, featuring soloists Megan Nielson, soprano and Suchan Kim, baritone. Sterling S. Poulson will lead a choir drawn from the following ensembles:

· Dock Mennonite Academy Touring Choir, Lansdale, PA (Emily Grimes, Director)

· Choral Arts Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (Sterling S. Poulson, Director)

The concert will conclude with a performance of Morten Lauridsen's contemporary classic, Lux Aeterna, conducted by Geoffrey Paul Boers with a chorus of more than 140 drawn from the following three ensembles, all from Washington State:

· Symphony Tacoma Voices, Tacoma, WA (Geoffrey Paul Boers, Director)

· ChoralSounds Northwest, Lake Forest Park, WA (Ryan Ellis, Director)

· The Liberty Choirs, Renton, WA (Robin Wood, Director)

Concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage are $150, $100, and $50. Tickets may be obtained by contacting CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in New York, NY, or by going online to www.carnegiehall.org). For more information, contact molly.waymire@piptix.com

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