McDaniel College Department of Music presents a choral concert featuring The Thirteen, Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. The concert takes place in (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel.
In commemoration of 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of the first World War, the DC-based choir The Thirteen explores two works inspired by conflict: Maurice Duruflé’s touching “Requiem” and Francis Poulenc’s virtuosic “Figure Humaine.” Joined by organist Jeremy Filsell, of whom Gramophone writes: “…I must register a certain shock at the sheer brilliance of his playing,” this concert promises to be a display of virtuosity and artistry.
The Thirteen is an all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performances. Since its founding in 2012, the choir has been at the forefront of bringing invigorating performances to the American choral community in repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic, from Bach to Bruckner; and from Gregorian chant to the world premieres of new American composers.
The Thirteen draws its artists from among the finest ensembles in the world, including Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, Apollo’s Fire, Conspirare, I Fagiolini, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Early Music Festival and Trinity Wall Street.
The Thirteen’s growing discography includes "Voice Eternal," which was recently submitted for a Grammy® award, the critically-acclaimed Christmas album “Snow on Snow,” “RADIANT DARK,” which features the finest works of the late Tudor period and reached #28 on the iTunes Classical Charts, as well as The Thirteen’s debut recording “…to St. Cecilia."
In past seasons, The Thirteen has performed and been in residency at Yale University, Bowling Green State University, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Central Oklahoma, York College, The University of Tampa, Virginia Wesleyan University, St. Ambrose University, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Guilford College, as well as concerts throughout the United States.
The Thirteen is conducted by Matthew Robertson, who has been praised for his “sensitive and nuanced” conducting. As Founder and Artistic Director of The Thirteen, he has conducted the ensemble throughout the United States and on multiple recordings.
Robertson's 2017-2018 season with The Thirteen sees twelve performances in seven states, repertoire spanning more than half of a millennium, and numerous world and regional premieres. Robertson will lead residencies at Yale University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Campbell University. Highlights of his 2017-2018 season include performances of Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Requiem, and much of J.S. Bach's oeuvre. Mr. Robertson will serve as guest clinician throughout the East Coast and collaborate with many of the finest musicians of his generation, including members of the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Apollo's Fire, Trinity Wall Street, Opera Philadelphia, Washington National Opera, and more.
Robertson served as Assistant Conductor for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, conducting the choir in performance and assisting in preparation for concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for such conductors as Yannick Neget-Seguin, Peter Schreier, Alan Gilbert, and Jacques Lacombe.
Mr. Robertson was the Robert P. Fountain Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, earning a degree in Organ Performance. While at the Oberlin Conservatory, he conducted the Oberlin College Choir, College Singers, Musical Union, Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Mr. Robertson founded and conducted the Oberlin Bach Society – an elite group of instrumentalists and singers who performed the music of Bach and his contemporaries throughout Ohio. In January 2007 and 2009, he served as Music Director of the Oberlin Winter Term Orchestra and Choir, performing full-length choral-orchestral concerts.
Robertson received his M.Mus. in conducting from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Andrew Megill and Joe Miller. He has also worked with such luminary conductors as Norman Scribner, Stan Engebretson, Robert Spano, Joseph Flummerfelt, Gary Graden, and JoAnn Falletta.
A Washington, DC native, Robertson serves as Director of Music at Bradley Hills Church, in Bethesda, MD. Additionally active as an organist, Mr. Robertson has performed throughout the United States and in Western Europe.
The Thirteen is committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians, and frequently coaches students at the high school and collegiate levels in masterclass, workshop and collaborative performance sessions.
Thursday, October 18 at 7:30pm
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