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
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
Recognized 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 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.