The piece tells the story of composer Edvard Grieg as he dreams of fame, but after experiencing it under the patronage of a famous prima donna, realizes that his true creativity and love are at home in Norway. Set in 1860, Robert Wright and George Forrest weave Grieg's compositions together in this operetta/musical. Ted Sperling conducts and the American Symphony Orchestra will also join The Chorale for this special evening.
The Chorale, led by music director James Bagwell, will kick off the 2012-2013 season – its 71st – on October 25, with Schoenberg's Kol Nidre and Noam Sheriff's Mechaye Hametim. Zubin Mehta conducts the works, which will also feature Grammy Award-winning baritone Thomas Hampson and the Israel Philharmonic.
Following will be Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 with the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein (October 26); Beatrice di Tenda featuring Angela Meade in the title role, along with the American Symphony Orchestra (December 5); and Osvaldo Golijov's Oceana and Philip Glass's Symphony No. 7 "Toltec" featuring Venezuelan vocalist Biella Da Costa (February 27). All performances will be at Carnegie Hall.
In addition, Collegiate Chorale will be featured in New York Philharmonic performances of Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola, conducted by Alan Gilbert in Avery Fisher Hall on June 6, 8 and 11, 2013, and will perform at the Verbier Festival in July 2013.
For more information, visit collegiatechorale.org.