The concert includes highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel’s "Messiah." The performance features Jennifer Gliere, soprano, Byron Singleton, tenor and Nathan Bahny, bass-baritone with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
Gliere, who once performed for Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden, has appeared in recital and oratorio in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, and throughout the United States.
Her repertoire includes everything from Barbara Strozzi chamber music and cantatas, early Baroque zarzuelas, Handel’s “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day,” Bach’s “B Minor Mass/Magnificat,” and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” to Luigi “Dallapiccola’s Canti di Prigionia” to Poulenc’s “Gloria.”
Singleton has performed in opera and concert throughout the US and recently made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in a concert featuring the music of Bernstein and Sondheim. He has sung in eleven productions with the chorus at the Metropolitan Opera and was a finalist in the 2009 Mario Lanza Tenor Competition.
Bahny performed throughout the United States, including engagements with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Long Beach Opera, Sorg Opera, New York Grand Opera, Four Corners Opera of Colorado, Sanibel Music Festival, Opera Northeast, New Jersey Verismo Opera, the New York Liederkranz Society, and the Belleayre Music Festival.
His extensive oratorio repertoire includes performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” Beethoven’s “Symphony Number 9,” the Verdi and Mozart “Requiems,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and the Brahms “Deutsches Requiem.”
Bahny made his Broadway debut in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s “La Boheme” and on “Late Night with David Letterman.”
The concert will also feature Christmas songs including the new "The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 2," a second suite of carols from duo Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. Additionally, Paul Langford will perform a funky jazz version of Jose Feliciano’s "Feliz Navidad.”
The enduring holiday favorite at every New Year’s Day concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, "Radetsky March," will be performed. Prepare to join the chorus and orchestra to sing "Adeste Fideles." Finally, "O Holy Night" will bring the concert to its spectacular climax.
The concert is a much anticipated event at the church as parishioners and friends begin their preparations for the Christmas season. It is an annual tradition that brings the whole community together as the entire audience celebrates with their favorite Christmas carols with the chorus and full orchestra.
The concert is performed in the church, located on Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard. Tickets are $35 general admission and $10 for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. For additional information, please call Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Rectory at 718-268-6251.
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