Handel's Messiah @ the New York Lincoln Center

Members of the Roueche Chorale will be traveling to New York City from June 14 through June 18, 2012 to participate in the Manhattan Concert Production of Handel’s Messiah. The Chorale was invited to participate in the Masterworks Series which “brings together qualified ensembles to collaborate on a major work for choir, professional orchestra and soloists under the direction of a nationally recognized conductor”. The Chorale will join with singers from across the county to perform selections from the Messiah under the direction of Professor Donald Neuen, acclaimed expert in the performance of Handel’s legendary work. The program will be at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

In addition to teaching conducting, Donald Neuen regularly directs the UCLA Chorale and the UCLA Chamber Singers. He has guest conducted with choruses and orchestras in 40 states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, and also currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Angeles Chorale. Neuen previously served as professor of conducting and director of choral activities at the Eastman School of Music. He also served on the faculties of Ball State University and the Universities of Wisconsin and Tennessee. Earlier, he was director of choral activities/assistant conductor for Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Neuen has studied extensively with choral conductors Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Lara Hoggard, and musicologists Julius Herford and Alfred Mann.

While in New York, chorale members will visit various sites in New York City, attend a musical on Broadway, and be treated to a post concert reception cruise in New York Harbor. The program will be on Sunday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.

The members are very excited about the upcoming trip and the opportunity to sing with other choirs, as well as perform with the renowned Donald Neuen. The Chorale’s Artistic Director, Jeff Roueche, says that “it is a tremendous honor to be invited to sing in one of the world’s leading performing arts centers”. Everyone participating looks forward to a memorable and meaningful experience.