Stravinsky The Rite of Spring & Fauré Requiem

Friday, May 10, 8 pm | Saturday, May 11, 8 pm

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Stravinsky The Rite of Spring & Fauré Requiem

David Lockington, Conductor

May 10 & 11 at the Gallo Center for the Arts

April 2019 – Music Director David Lockington will lead the Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Fauré’s Requiem featuring the MSO Chorus, directed by Daniel R. Afonso Jr., on May 10 & 11, 2019 at 8pm at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The Requiem will also feature soprano Carrie Hennessey and baritone Joseph Wiggett. The program will conclude with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Fauré’s Requiem is the best known of his large works and is unique in that its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. In an interview, Fauré said the following of his work: “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.”

“This will be the first time the MSO has performed Fauré’s Requiem and we are excited to be able to showcase the MSO Chorus on such a beautiful piece,” said Caroline Nickel, President & CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association. “We are extremely proud of the MSO Chorus and can’t wait for the community to be able experience this piece come together.”

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David Lockingtonconductor

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 Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony. He has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, where he was the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor from 2012 through 2016, and in the 18/19 season will begin a new position as Principal Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.

Since his arrival to the United States in 1978 Mr. Lockington has held positions with several other American orchestras, including serving as Assistant Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado, and Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In May 1993 he accepted the position of Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, assumed the title of Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in September 1995, and was Music Director of the Long Island Philharmonic for the 96/97 through 99/2000 seasons.

David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge where he was a choral scholar, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master's Degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra for three years before turning to conducting.

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Daniel R. Afonso Jr., MSO chorus director

Daniel R. Afonso Jr. has served as conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus since its foundation in 2001. He has prepared the ensemble for performances of the best-known works for chorus and orchestra, from Bach's contatas to Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Afosno is also the Coordinator of Vocal and Choral Studies at CSU, Stanislaus.  Afonso received a B.M.E. degree from the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI -Rio), a M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a D.M.A. degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Afonso is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has studied conducting with Carlos Alberto Figueiredo, Cees Rotteveel, Eph Ehly, and William Hatcher.

Dr. Afonso is strongly committed to the performance of new music and has commissioned and premiered many new choral works in the last few years, including several of his own works as well as works by young composition students.  He had his New York debut in 2012, conducting Mozart’s Requiem with members of the MSO Chorus and students from CSU Stanislaus at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a composer, arranger, and editor of choral music and has served as composer-in-residence with the San Francisco Choral Artists during their 2014-2015 season and has also written works for the Los Angeles Children’s Choir, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and other ensembles in the US and abroad.  Dr. Afonso is widely recognized for his research and performance of Brazilian choral music and continues to frequently present workshops and lectures about the Latin American choral repertoire.

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Carrie Hennessey, soprano

Soprano Carrie Hennessey is consistently thrilling audiences in opera and concert appearances around the world. Ms. Hennessey’s embodiment of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Emmeline earned her a Bay Area Broadway World Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” nomination.  On only one day’s notice, Ms. Hennessey made her debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, to great acclaim.

Recent engagements include Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with conductor Daniel Stewart, a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s music with concert “Bernstein 100” with the Colorado Symphony and Sinfonia Chamber Brass, Carmina Burana with Sacramento Ballet, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate! and Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Previous performances include Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as well as debuts at the Concertgebouw in Bruges, in Ypres, Belgium and at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany singing the soprano solo in the Verdi Requiem.

Other notable concert appearances include her debut with the Houston Symphony at Jones’ Hall, Mozart’s Mass in C minor at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the International Mahler Festival in the Czech Republic, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Grand Rapids Symphony, and Fauré’s Requiem and Brahms’ Requiem with Oakland Symphony.

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Joseph Wiggett, baritone

Dr. Joseph Wiggett is currently a Professor of Voice at California State University Stanislaus, where directs the Opera Workshop and maintains an extremely active Applied Voice studio in addition to his teaching duties in Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction, and Vocal Literature. He is the former Director of the School of fine and Performing Arts at Stanislaus State, as well as a past Artistic Director and principal Stage Director for Townsend Opera of Modesto for which he produced operatic productions at the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts.  In 2012, he was awarded the Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award for Excellence in Music in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the Arts and Culture.”

As a past member of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists and the Prague Mozart Academy, he has performed over three-dozen operatic roles and has given recitals and made concert appearances throughout the United States, Europe, China and the former Soviet Union. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including three Birgit Nilsson prizes, as well as two grants from the Puccini Foundation.

Among his major debuts are roles with the New York City Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a solo recital in the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Series, and his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall as the baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana.  As a concert performer, Dr. Wiggett has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Modesto, Manhattan, Boulder, Bangor, Portland, Milwaukee and Colorado Symphonies.  He holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Maine, a Masters Degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring & Fauré Requiem
Modesto Symphony Orchestra
David Lockington, conductor
MSO Chorus | Dr. Daniel R. Afonso Jr., chorus director
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Joseph Wiggett, baritone

Fauré ᐧ Requiem
Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)



Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8pm



Gallo Center for the Arts, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
1000 I Street, Modesto, CA



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