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The story of the Biblical hero Joshua is brought to life with Handel’s sense of theater. A trumpet blast brings down the walls of Jericho, the sun and moon stand still, and a jubilant procession of flutes, horns, strings, and drums accompany the famous chorus, “See the conquering hero comes.” The conflict of the battlefield and the victory of the Israelites are set against a romantic subplot in this epic masterpiece.


Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Thomas Cooley, tenor
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
William Berger, baritone
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Gabrielle Haigh, soprano

Philharmonia Chorale,
Bruce Lamott, director


Thursday December 1, 7 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Friday December 2, 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
Saturday December 3, 7 pm | First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
Sunday December 4, 4 pm | Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette

A free pre-concert talk takes place in the concert hall 45 minutes prior to each concert start time. (Start times listed above.)

Purchase Single Tickets

Tickets for December 3 and 4 will be available at the door 1 hour prior to the concert start time.*

*ATTENTION SINGLE TICKET BUYERS: Due to the fire at First Congregational Church in Berkeley – our original venues for our Saturday and Sunday concerts – we have been forced to move to new venues.  At this time, these new venues are not yet set up in our computer systems so we are unable to take online and phone orders. Our Box Office team must first manually reseat over 500 subscribers per concert at these venues in order to determine where the available seats are for single ticket buyers. This process takes time but once it is completed, we will know where available seating is for single ticket buyers and make these seats available at the door. Thank you for your patience as we continue to deal with the aftermath of the tragic fire at FCC.

About Yulia van Doren

Yulia Van DorenRecognized   by   Opera   Magazine   as “A   star-to-be”following  her  Lincoln  Center  debut,  young  Russian-American  soprano  Yulia  Van  Doren’s  debut  with  the Toronto  Symphony  Orchestra  was  acclaimed  as  a “revelation…  a  ravishing  lyric  voice  and  an  ease  with vocal  ornamentation  that  turned  her  into  an  enchanted songbird”  (Toronto  Star). The Cleveland  Plain  Dealer praised Van Doren as an artist of “melting poignancy.”

A  dedicated  interpreter  of  repertoire  off  the  beaten  path,  career  highlights  include  creating  the lead  female  role  in  the  world  premiere  of  Shostakovich’s Orango  with  the  Los  Angeles Philharmonic,  directed  by  Peter  Sellars  and  released  on  Deutsche  Grammophon;  two  Grammy-nominated  opera  recordings  with  the  Boston  Early  Music  Festival;  the  modern  revival  of Monsigny’s  opera Le  roi  et  le fermier  at  Opera  de  Versailles,  Lincoln  Center  and  the  Kennedy Center  (recorded  for  Naxos);  and  a  tour  of  Handel’s Orlando  with  Philharmonia  Baroque Orchestra to the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals.

Ms.   Van   Doren’s   2016/17   season   features   appearances   with   the   Toronto   Symphony,Philharmonia   Baroque   Orchestra,   Mark   Morris   Dance   Group,   Milwaukee   and   Charlotte Symphonies, and Arion Baroque Orchestra.

About Thomas Cooley

thomas-cooley-15Thomas Cooley is singer of great virtuosity, expressiveness, and versatility. In demand internationally, Cooley performs a wide range of repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day with premiere orchestras, ensembles and conductors in concert, opera, and chamber music. Cooley has received exceptional acclaim for the role of the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions and in the great oratorios of Handel.

Highlights of Cooley’s 16/17 season include an appearance at Carnegie Hall with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir performing Britten’s Les Illuminations and Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s production of Handel’s Joshua with conductor Nicholas McGegan, his return to Music of The Baroque, and Messiah with Houston Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.

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