UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

The Collegiate Chorale at the Verbier Festival

07.21.14 to 07.27.14 |Concerts on July 21st, 24th, 26th and 27th (check schedule for times)

Salle de Combins, Verbier, Switzerland, Switzerland

James will be preparing the Collegiate Chorale for a series of concerts at the world-renowned Verbier Festival.

July 21, 2014 - Full-length performance of Berlioz’s opera La Damnation de Faust with Ramón Vargas and Ruxandra Donose making their Verbier Festival debuts as Faust and Marguerite with The Collegiate Chorale, conducted by Charles Dutoit.

July 24, 2014 - Yuri Temirkanov conducts the Verbier Festival Orchestra and The Collegiate Chorale in an evening dedicated to Russia’s great composers, featuring Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky.

July 26, 2014 - Ingela Brimberg, Brandon Jovanovich, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape come together to perform Beethoven’s revolutionary opera Fidelio with The Collegiate Chorale, conducted by Marc Minkowski.

July 27, 2014 - Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Verdi’s Don Carlo (Acts 3&4) with Alexey Markov (Michele), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Giorgetta), Vittorio Grigolo (Don Carlo), The Collegiate Chorale, and conductor Daniel Harding.

Bard Summerscape - Carl Maria von Weber's EURYANTHE

07.25.14 to 08.03.14 |July 25 and August 1 at 7 pm - July 27 , 30, and August 3 at 2 pm

Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be the chorus master for this summer's opera presentation at the Summerscape Festival. Carl Maria von Weber, an acquaintance of Schubert’s and one of the most influential early Romantic composers, wrote Euryanthe in 1823. The gloriously beautiful score replaces sections of spoken dialogue common to German opera of the time with continuous music. This powerful work left its mark on Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin and later pieces.

Kevin Newbury (Die Liebe der Danae, SummerScape 2011) directs this rare staging of an unjustly neglected opera. Bard’s always-remarkable chorus and an exciting cast of singers bring the romantic three-act production to life. Sung in German with English supertitles.


PAST ENGAGEMENTS

The Collegiate Chorale - David Lang's BATTLE HYMNS

05.15.14 |7:30pm

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, NY

James Bagwell, Conductor
Ted Sperling, Director
Edward Barnes, Producer
The Collegiate Chorale
Manhattan Girls Chorus
Michelle Oesterle, Artistic Director
With the special participation of the Veteran Artist Program

one drum, 200 voices…

A soldier’s letter to his wife, a speech by Abraham Lincoln, lyrics from Stephen Foster songs – these are the words of battle hymns, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s innovative choral exploration of the feelings of people in times of war. On May 15, 2014, The Collegiate Chorale will present the NY Premiere of this unusual and haunting work, performed within the cavernous Hangar Deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a setting rich in the remembrance of wars served.

Written for a symphonic chorus and one solo drum, battle hymns is ideally realized by the top-flight Chorale, joined by the Manhattan Girls Chorus and members of the Veteran Artist Program, whose combined 200 voices will sing out in unison, counterpoint, and multi-layered polyphony, to create a unique acoustic encounter inside the walls of this hallowed aircraft carrier.

Modern music merges with military memory – a one-of-a-kind experience.


Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus - Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

05.11.14 |8:00pm

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY

James Bagwell conducting
Robert Porco conducting
May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell, Director
May Festival Chamber Choir, Robert Porco, Director

Last year The Cincinnati Enquirer affirmed, “…each (selection) unfolded with more beauty than the last…You could only bask in the glow of the plush choral sounds in the cathedral space.”

The May Festival Youth Chorus and the May Festival Chamber Choir will again delight audiences in this extraordinary setting. This year these ensembles will perform works by American composers including Copland, Dawson, Dett, Hogan, Moore, Jake Runestad, Thomson and Eric Whitacre.

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Natalie Merchant

04.26.14 |3:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Performers
Natalie Merchant, Voice
Gabriel Gordon, Guitar
Uri Sharlin, Piano and Accordion
Decoda
James Bagwell, Conductor

Based on Natalie Merchant’s recent book-and-music project Leave Your Sleep, this concert features nursery rhymes and lullabies by 19th- and 20th-century poets set to Merchant’s beautiful melodies, with chamber orchestra, and projected illustrations by Barbara McClintock.

Bard College/Fisher Center presents Verdi's REQUIEM

04.25.14 to 04.26.14 |8:00pm

Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

James will be the chorus master for Verdi's great masterwork. Featuring members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Longy Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Festival Chorale. Dedicated to the memory of William Weaver (1923–2013), professor emeritus of literature, Bard College.

The Collegiate Chorale with the American Symphony Orchestra - Max Bruch's MOSES

03.27.14 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

American Symphony Orchestra
The Collegiate Chorale, James Bagwell, Music Director
Leon Botstein, Conductor

with
Sidney Outlaw, baritone (Moses)
Kirk Dougherty, tenor (Aaron)
Tamara Wilson, soprano (Der Engel des Herrn)

The full Collegiate Chorale membership will perform in the American Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Max Bruch’s choral masterpiece and biblical oratorio Moses this March.

Max Bruch, best known for his Kol Nidre and famous violin concerto, was also a master of the oratorio. The ASO revived his setting of Homer’s Odyssey in 1995, and now turns to his other choral masterpiece, a biblical oratorio that puts into music the story of the most enduring figure of the Old Testament. Picking up where Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” leaves off, Moses takes us from the events at Mount Sinai, to Moses' conflict with the Israelites, to his death on the eve of his people’s arrival in the promised land of Canaan.

Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program - Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW

03.14.14 to 03.16.14 |March 14 at 7 pm, March 16 at 2 pm

Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be conducting Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw as part of double bill featuring the singers of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra. The program will also include Payne Hollow (world premiere) by Shawn Jaeger (conducted by Zachary Schwartzman). Both productions will be directed by Nicholas Muni.

The Little Opera Theatre of NY - Rossini's OPPORTUNITY MAKES A THIEF

02.22.14 to 03.02.14 |Tue, Wed, Thu 7:15, Fri & Sat 8:15, Sun 3:15

59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th St., New York, NY


James will be conducting this early comic opera by Gioachino Rossini. An accidental switch of two suitcases inspires a rogue to assume a new identity. Turmoil ensues when both the impostor and the original show up at the same doorstep of a young woman.
Sung in English.

Bard Opera Worskhop presents excerpts from Monteverdi's L'ORFEO and Gluck's full opera ORFEO ED EURIDICE

01.31.14 to 02.02.14 |8:00pm on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st, 2:00 on Feb. 2nd

Theatre 2, Fisher Center for the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, Bard College, NY

James will be conducting members of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and the students of Bard's Opera Workshop in a fully staged production of excerpts from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and Gluck's entire opera Orfeo ed Euridice.

Natalie Merchant with Symphony Orchestra

01.12.14 |8:00pm

Adrienne Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall, Miami, FL


As conductor, James continues his collaboration with Natalie Merchant. As lead vocalist and lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant defined alternative rock. Combined with an acclaimed solo career, Merchant has sold millions of albums and become one of the most distinguished recording artists of her generation.

For her Arsht Center debut, Merchant will be accompanied by a 38-piece symphonic ensemble in a live performance that includes hits from previous records such as Retrospective and Tigerlilly and songs from her latest highly acclaimed album Leave Your Sleep.

Natalie Merchant with Symphony Orchestra

01.11.14 |8:00pm

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL


As conductor, James continues his collaboration with Natalie Merchant .As lead vocalist and lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant defined alternative rock. Combined with an acclaimed solo career, Merchant has sold millions of albums and become one of the most distinguished recording artists of her generation.

For this performance, Merchant will be accompanied by a 38-piece symphonic ensemble in a live performance that includes hits from previous records such as Retrospective and Tigerlilly and songs from her latest highly acclaimed album Leave Your Sleep.

Mostly Mozart Festival - Beethoven's MASS IN C MAJOR

08.24.12 to 08.25.12 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra close the 2012 Festival with a rarely heard Beethoven masterpiece, the groundbreaking Mass in C major. James will prepare the Concert Chorale of New York for this performance.

The Bard Music Festival - PROGRAM TWELVE: Out of the Shadow of Samson and Delilah: Saint-Saens other Grand Opera

08.19.12 |4:30pm

Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this rarely performed concert version of Camilles Saint-Saëns opera Henry VIII.

The Bard Music Festival - PROGRAM NINE:The Spiritual Sensibility

08.18.12 |8:00pm

Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

n this year’s Bard Music Festival, the worlds of Balzac and Proust come alive through the music of Saint-Saëns and his contemporaries. Listeners will discover how Saint-Saëns shaped our sense of the history of music—from the age of Lully and Rameau to Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin—and resisted the allure of a xenophobic concept of the French spirit. James will prepare the chorus for the choral works presented on Program Nine, The Spritiutal Sensibility, to include Fauré's “Les Djinns", Boulanger's “Psalm130”, Florent Schmidt's, “Psalm 47”, Gounod's “Stabat Mater” and Saint-Saens' “Le Deluge”.

Mostly Mozart Festival - Beethoven and Haydn

08.03.12 to 08.04.12 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this concert which pairs Beethoven’s playful and poignant Second Symphony with Mozart's Nelson Mass, a work that moves joyfully from terror to euphoria.

Bard SummerScape - Chabrier's THE KING IN SPITE OF HIMSELF (LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI)

07.27.12 to 08.05.12 |July 27, August 3 at 7 pm: July 29, August 1 and 5 at 3 pm

Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this year's opera. This tale of Henri de Valois, a 16th-century French noble elected by the people of Poland to be their king, despite his great reluctance to be away from France, has been much praised for the quality of its music—indeed, no less a master than Maurice Ravel claimed that Chabrier’s score changed the course of French harmony. Given a contemporary treatment by Thaddeus Strassberger, who also directed Bard SummerScape’s acclaimed productions of Les Huguenots (2009) and The Distant Sound (2010), this staging will be a coproduction with Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera, which annually hosts one of the world’s finest showcases for the grandest of vocal arts.

The Collegiate Chorale Tour to Israel and Salzburg, Concerts with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and the Israel Philharmonic

07.08.12 to 07.26.12 |Check websites below for performance dates and times

Tel Aviv, Israel and Salzburg, Austria

The Israel Philharmonic has again engaged The Chorale to sing with them in Israel and Salzburg, Austria, after a very successful 5-concert tour in 2008 with this prestigious orchestra. This July, James will prepare the Chorale for 11 concerts in Israel and 3 performances at the preeminent Salzburg Festival.

Israel Tour -

July 8-20, Zubin Mehta conducting, concerts to include:

Ernst Bloch, Sacred Service, featuring Thomas Hampson
Anton Bruckner, Te Deum
Noam Sheriff, Mechaye Hametim
Arnold Schoenberg, Kol Nidre
Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder, featuring Thomas Hampson

July 19, 21,22 - Riccardo Muti conducting
Guiseppe Verdi, Requiem

Salzburg Festival, Zubin Mehta conducting

July 24 - Sheriff, Schoenberg, and Mahler (as above)
July 25 - Ernst Bloch,
Sacred Service
, featuring Thomas Hampson
July 26 - Anton Bruckner, Te Deum

Natalie Merchant with the Rogue Valley Symphony presented by the Britt Festival

06.24.12 |8:00pm

Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, OR

James will be conducting the Rogue Valley Symphony in another collaboration with singer Natalie Merchant.

Originally the lead vocalist for the wildly popular band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant has become the conscience of a generation, with her keenly observant and deeply felt songs. Soulful and with a “honey-colored voice,” she joins the San Francisco Symphony in a program of songs primarily from her 2010 album Leave Your Sleep, as well as new works.

Natalie Merchant and the Seattle Symphony

06.22.12 |8:00

Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

James will be conducting the San Francisco Symphony in collaboration with singer Natalie Merchant.

Originally the lead vocalist for the wildly popular band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant has become the conscience of a generation, with her keenly observant and deeply felt songs. Soulful and with a “honey-colored voice,” she joins the San Francisco Symphony in a program of songs primarily from her 2010 album Leave Your Sleep, as well as new works.

Natalie Merchant and the San Francisco Symphony

06.18.12 |8:00pm

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

James will be conducting the San Francisco Symphony in collaboration with singer Natalie Merchant.

Originally the lead vocalist for the wildly popular band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant has become the conscience of a generation, with her keenly observant and deeply felt songs. Soulful and with a “honey-colored voice,” she joins the San Francisco Symphony in a program of songs primarily from her 2010 album Leave Your Sleep, as well as new works.

OK Mozart Festival - Mendelssohn, Meyer and Mozart

06.13.12 |8:00pm

Bartlesville Community Center, Bartlesville, OK

James will be conducting the Amici New York Orchestra joined by the renowned bassist and composer Edgar Meyer. Mr. Meyer will be performing his new Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in E. This work, premiered in 2012 shares the program with two orchestral masterpieces, Mendelssohn's effervescent and joyous "Midsummer Night's Dream Overture" and Mozart's transcendent "Requiem"

Natalie Merchant and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra

05.29.12 |7:30pm

Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC

James Bagwell, conductor

Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant joins the North Carolina Symphony for a single performance. Over the past 30 years, her distinctive voice, gift for storytelling through music and unique stage presence have earned her a place among America's most respected artists. The evening will include selections from her latest album, Leave Your Sleep, alongside new and previously recorded songs.

The Collegiate Chorale - Contemporary Voices

05.21.12 |7:00pm

St. Bartholomew's Church, New York, NY

This final concert of our 70th Anniversary Season will feature contemporary musical gems by masters of choral composition. The concert will open with a work that The Chorale premiered in 1947, Aaron Copland's In The Beginning, for mezzo-soprano soloist and a cappella choir. Following Avner Dorman's evocative Psalm 67, Toru Takemitsu's pensive All That the Man Left Behind When He Died, Krzysztof Penderecki's ethereal Song of the Cherubim, The Chorale will conclude the season with Francis Poulenc's beloved Gloria. The sanctuary of Saint Bartholomew's Church will provide a beautiful setting for this music, conducted by The Chorale's Music Director James Bagwell.

The Cincinnati May Festival Special Concert - Sacred Sounds

05.13.12 |8:00pm

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY

May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell conducting

TALLIS Loquebantur
SCHUTZ Unser Wandel
PÄRT Cantate Domino
DURUFLÉ Ubi Caritas

An evening of music that amplifies the splendor of this exquisite sacred space is in store for this annual May Festival sojourn to Covington’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

The May Festival Youth Chorus, in their 26th season, the 16th under the direction of James Bagwell, begins the evening with works that reflect various musical styles and span the centuries.

The American Symphony Orchestra - Crumb's STAR CHILD

04.19.12 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this performance with The American Symphony Orchestra. The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Echoes of Time and the River" and the Grammy Award-winning "Star-Child" are featured on this tribute to the one-of-a-kind George Crumb, who explored techniques like Spoken Flute and pouring glass marbles into a piano.

The Collegiate Chorale - Gilbert and Sullivan's THE MIKADO

04.10.12 |6:30pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Jason Danieley, Nanki-Poo
Kelli O'Hara, Yum-Yum
Christopher Fitzgerald, Ko Ko

The Collegiate Chorale
American Symphony Orchestra
Ted Sperling, Conductor

James will be preparing the Collegiate Chorale for One of the most frequently produced musical theatre pieces in history, The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. Debuted by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre in London on March 14, 1885, The Mikado was Gilbert and Sullivan’s ninth collaborative work. Set in Japan, the opera explores the exotic, macabre, and humorous while satirizing British politics and institutions in the fictionalized foreign land of Titipu. Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Christopher Fitzgerald and Jason Danieley, our performance will be conducted by Ted Sperling.

The American Symphony Orchestra - Schmidt's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

03.18.12 |2:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this performance with The American Symphony Orchestra. Victor Hugo's epic novel is given the operatic treatment in Franz Schmidt's lush and tuneful Notre Dame, which features a famous and beloved Intermezzo.

The American Symphony Orchestra - Bizet's DJAMILEH

02.10.12 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for Bizet's Djamileh on this program presented by the American Symphony Orchestra entitled "Orientalism in France". In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, Europe was fascinated with Eastern culture, and many artists put their own spin on what they thought the Middle East looked and sounded like. These five French pieces show Turkey, India, Egypt, and others as they existed only in the heads of these composers.

The Collegiate Chorale - Michael Tippett's A CHILD OF OUR TIME

02.03.12 |7:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

with
Nicole Cabell, soprano
John Relyea, bass-baritone

The Collegiate Chorale
American Symphony Orchestra
James Bagwell, Conductor

Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (1941) is a unique oratorio, structured in three parts to emulate Handel’s Messiah and using traditional African-American spirituals in a form similar to Bach’s use of the chorale in his Passions, all with a decidedly twentieth-century musical language. The text of this stirring work reflects Tippett's pacifism and belief that people contain both "shadow and light". Soprano Nicole Cabell has performed this work to great critical acclaim and made it a signature piece. She will be joined by John Relyea, bass-baritone.

The American Symphony Orchestra - Stravinsky's SYMPHONY OF PSALMS

01.20.12 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this concert with The American Symphony Orchestra entitled "Stravinsky Outside Russia". Though he was the most well-known Russian composer of the 20th century, Stravinsky spent much of his life in Europe, and later, America. Six pieces represent his work in France, Venice, Los Angeles, and beyond.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Handel's MESSIAH

12.18.11 |2:00pm

Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

James Bagwell conductor
Caroline Worra soprano
Leah Wool mezzo soprano
Daniel Ross tenor
Daniel Mobbs bass
May Festival Chorus Robert Porco director

No Christmas would be complete without Messiah. In this special single performance, the soaring voices of the May Festival Chorus will warm your heart this holiday season. Hallelujah!

The American Symphony Orchestra - Liszt's FAUST SYMPHONY

12.11.11 |2:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for Liszt's Faust Symphony as part of the program "Parallel Lives: Liszt & Busoni" with the American Symphony Orchestra. They were both composers, virtuoso pianists, and teachers, and they first met when Busoni was just nine years old, studying in Vienna. This concert features Busoni's piano concerto that announced his arrival as masterful composer, and Liszt's symphony for the inauguration of a monument to Goethe.

The Collegiate Chorale - Rossini's MOÏSE ET PHARAON

11.30.11 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

The Collegiate Chorale
American Symphony Orchestra
James Bagwell, Conductor


This opera-in-concert presentation is Rossini’s enthralling 3-act French-language setting – replete with romance, intrigue, jealousy, vengeance, and acts of God – of Moses and his brother Eliezer leading the Jews out of the land of Pharaoh and into freedom, with the help of plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. The story is impassioned and the music is gorgeous. Guest artists include James Morris, Kyle Ketelsen, Angela Meade, Eric Cutler, and Marina Rebeka, with the American Symphony Orchestra

Natalie Merchant with the Nashville Symphony

11.13.11 |7:00pm

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and guest conductor James Bagwell join the Nashville Symphony for a special evening surveying Merchant's prolific career. With her compelling artistic vision and captivating performance style, she’ll include selections from her most recent recording, Leave Your Sleep, a collection of songs adapted from poems.

The New York Philharmonic - The Collegiate Chorale in Philip Glass's KOYAANISQUATSI

11.02.11 to 11.03.11 |7:30pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the Collegiate Chorale for this live performance of the soundtrack to this visually stunning film. Lose yourself in Philip Glass's powerful music for the 1982 Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi: A Life Out Of Balance, performed live by the Philharmonic and the Philip Glass Ensemble, as the landmark film is projected on a huge screen above the Avery Fisher Hall stage.

Mostly Mozart Festival - MOZART'S REQUIEM

08.26.11 to 08.27.11 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director

STRAVINSKY: In memoriam Dylan Thomas
SCHUBERT: Symphony No.8 (“Unfinished”)
MOZART: Requiem

Pre-concert lecture by Peter A. Hoyt on Friday, August 26 at 6:45 in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra closes the 2011 Festival with a pairing of two incomplete masterpieces: Schubert’s famous “Unfinished” Symphony and Mozart’s powerful, enigmatic Requiem.

Bard Music Festival program Three: KALEVALA: MYTH AND THE BIRTH OF A NATION

08.13.11 |7 pm Preconcert Talk, 8pm Performance

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

The Festival Chorale will be featured in Sibelius's choral symphony Kullervo, Op. 7 (1891–92)



Mostly Mozart Festival - ALL-MOZART PROGRAM

08.09.11 to 08.10.11 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor
Lucy Crowe, soprano M|M
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director

ALL-MOZART PROGRAM
Ave verum corpus
Symphony No.41 in C major (“Jupiter”)
Vesperae solennes de confessore

Pre-concert recitals by Ilya Yakushev, piano, at 7:00
BACH: Partita No.2

Iván Fischer, whose conducting The Washington Post calls “vibrant, alert, interested and always deeply responsive," leads the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a sweeping all-Mozart program centered on Mozart’s final symphony, the layered, confessional, and ultimately uplifting “Jupiter.”

Bard SummerScape - Noël Coward's BITTER SWEET

08.04.11 to 08.14.11 |Aug. 4, 6, and 11 at 8 pm: Aug. 7 at 7 pm: Aug. 5, 10, and 12–14 at 3 pm

Fisher Center, Theatre Two, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


James will be musical director and conductor for this production, which tells the story of a young opera singer who falls in love with her voice teacher and goes on to make a career of singing his music—but at a heartbreaking personal cost. The incomparable Noël Coward wrote the music, book, and lyrics, and directed the London and Broadway premieres in 1929. Famous songs from the score include "I'll See You Again" and "If Love Were All."

Bard SummerScape - Richard Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae (The Love of Danae)

07.29.11 to 08.07.11 |July 29, August 5, 7 pm: July 31, August 3, August 7, 3 pm

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


James will be preparing the chorus for this this unjustly neglected late opera by Richard Strauss, in which the powerful god Jupiter and the lowly donkey driver Midas compete for the love of the beautiful Danae. The story is a Mozartean blend of comedy, romance, and drama on the themes of transformation and the acceptance of life's changes, all brilliantly illuminated by Strauss's orchestral mastery.

The Collegiate Chorale returns to the Verbier Festival

07.19.11 to 07.24.11

Verbier, Switzerland

Return to the Verbier Festival

The Collegiate Chorale has been engaged to return again next summer, after having performed at the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. The following concerts will feature The Collegiate Chorale:

July 19: Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
Angelika Kirchschlager as Dido; Gabor Takacs -Nagy, conductor

July 21: Mendelssohn, Elijah
Thomas Quasthoff, Michael Shade; Manfred Honeck, conductor

July 22 or 23: The Collegiate Chorale Concert
James Bagwell, conductor

July 24, Puccini, Tosca
Bryn Terfel, Barbara Frittoli, Aleksandrs Antonenko:
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Natalie Merchant in Concert with The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

07.08.11 |8:15pm

Amp Stage, Chatauqua Institution, Chatauqua, NY

The Chautauqua Institution will present Natalie Merchant in concert with The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra on Friday, July 8th at 8pm. The concert will feature music from Natalie's most recent album "Leave Your Sleep" as well as selections from her extensive catalogue.

The orchestra will be conducted by James Bagwell and feature special guests Uri Sharlin on piano and accordion and Gabriel Gordon on guitar.

OK Mozart Festival - Amici New York Orchestra World Premiere 'Wiley Post'

06.15.11 |8:00pm

Bartlesville Community Center Concert Hall, Bartlesville, OK

James will be conducting The Amici New York Orchestra in a program presented by the OK Mozart Festival. Repertoire will include Mozart's 'Overture to Don Giovanni', Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait', Schumann's 'Symphony No.2 in C Major', and a premiere work by Callen Clark entitled 'Wily Post ~ a tone poem for Violin and Symphony Orchestra'. He will be joined by violin soloist Kyle Dillingham and narrator Joe Sears.

A Collegiate Chorale Special Event: SOMETHING WONDERFUL: AN EVENING OF BROADWAY WITH DEBORAH VOIGT

05.19.11 |7:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

With Featured Guest Artist Paulo Szot
Ted Sperling, Conductor
American Symphony Orchestra
The Collegiate Chorale, James Bagwell, musical director

The American Symphony Orchestra, Paul Dessau's HAGGADAH SHEL PESACH (PASSOVER IN EXILE)

04.21.11 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Featuring:
Sharon Rostorf-Zamir, soprano
The Collegiate Chorale Singers, James Bagwell, Director

The annual Passover reading of the Haggadah was particularly meaningful for German Jewish composer Paul Dessau during his exile in Paris. Suppressed for decades, this grand choral work finally gets its U.S. premiere.



The American Symphony Orchestra and the Collegiate Chorale, Beethoven's SYMPHONY NO.9

04.12.11 |7:00pm

Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York, NY

Hear a musical tale about the origin of Beethoven’s ninth symphony, then enjoy a full performance and Q&A with Maestro Botstein and the orchestra, joined by the Collegiate Chorale for the final triumphant movement.

The American Symphony Orchestra and the Collegiate Chorale, Beethoven's SYMPHONY NO. 8 and SYMPHONY NO. 9

04.08.11 to 04.09.11 |7:00, pre-concert talk, 8:00 performance

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

The orchestra's final concert of the 2010–11 season is an all-Beethoven affair: the delightful, genial Eighth Symphony; and the jubilant—and somewhat mysterious—Ninth, whose choral finale is lifted from Schiller's "Ode to Joy." Leon Botstein, conductor, James Bagwell, Choral Director

A Collegiate Chorale Special Event: WE REMEMBER THEM

03.10.11 |7:00pm

Central Synagogue, New York, NY

Cantor Angela Buchdahl, Host
The Collegiate Chorale
James Bagwell, conductor
Kennth Bowen, pianist

The camps and ghettos of the Holocaust, amid all the despair and death, gave birth to music of great power and beauty. Much of this music was passed along secretly among these communities and provided a brief respite from the hopelessness of their condition.

In this concert of choral works by composers who perished in the Holocaust, as well as contemporary composers who wrote to sustain the memory of all those who suffered, we are also reminded of man's profound ability to create beauty of out madness. Maestro Bagwell will lead The Chorale in a program entitled We Remember Them, in the magnificent sanctuary of Central Synagogue.

Benefit Concert: Natalie Merchant in Concert with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra

03.05.11 |8:00pm

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant performs songs from her latest recording project, Leave Your Sleep (Nonesuch Records, 2010), as well as selected works from her extensive catalogue, backed by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, conducted by James Bagwell. This special concert is a benefit for the Conservatory's Scholarship Fund and the Preparatory Division.

Panel Discussion: Music as a Means of Hope and Resistance: A Panel Discussion on Choral Singing and Composition in the Camps and Ghettos

02.10.11 |6:00pm

Central Synagogue, New York, NY


As a prelude to The Chorale's concert on March 10, this discussion will focus on the historical and cultural implications of music making in the camps during World War II. In addition it will explore the impact of music and its healing powers during time of extreme stress and duress.

Panelists include:
Dr. Michael Beckerman,Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, New York University
Angela Warnick Buchdahl , Cantor,Central Synagogue
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Therapist, Author and Holocaust Orphan
James Bagwell, Music Director, The Collegiate Chorale, Professor of Music, Bard College


The Collegiate Chorale presents Kurt Weill's KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY

01.25.11 to 01.26.11 |8:00pm

Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

George Hearn, Peter Stuyvesant
Christopher Fitzgerald, Tenpin
Ted Sperling, director
American Symphony Orchestra
The Collegiate Chorale
James Bagwell, conductor

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson teamed up for the first time to create this delightful romantic comedy. First performed in 1938, with Walter Huston in the role of Peter Stuyvesant, the work is one of Weill's deft hybrid theater pieces which lie somewhere between operetta and musical theater. Anderson, one of the most important playwrights of the early 20th century, adds bits of political satire that contribute a spicy note to this charmer of a show. The famous pop standard, September Song, first appeared in Knickerbocker Holiday.

This performance by The Collegiate Chorale will feature two-time Tony winner George Hearn as Peter Stuyvesant and 2010 Drama Desk Award winner Christopher Fitzgerald as the faithful sidekick, Tenpin. Broadway's multi-talented Ted Sperling, winner of both Tony and Drama Desk awards, will direct and The Chorale's Music Director, James Bagwell, will conduct.

The Collegiate Chorale Singers with The American Symphony Orchestra - MUSIC AND THE BIBLE

11.02.10 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Fanny Mendelssohn — Scenes from the Bible
Louis Spohr — The Last Judgment

Communal singing and sacred oratorios were a vital part of Europe’s religious resurgence in the 1800s. The two major works on this program are by Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s sister; and Louis Spohr, whose contemporaries found him as masterful as Beethoven and Mozart.

The Collegiate Chorale, Brahms: ALTO RHAPSODY and A GERMAN REQUIEM

10.13.10 |7:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

American Symphony Orchestra
The Collegiate Chorale
James Bagwell, Conductor

With: Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano, Erin Morley, soprano, Eric Owens, baritone

International artist and Musical America's 2009 Vocalist of the Year, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe performs with the Collegiate Chorale in Brahms' lush Alto Rhapsody. Then Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens and soprano Erin Morley, who is quickly rising to the top echelon of emerging young artists, will join the Chorale to perform in Brahms' transcendent masterpiece, A German Requiem.

The Collegiate Chorale Singers with the American Symphony Orchestra,JAMES JOYCE

10.06.10 |8:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Othmar Schoeck — Buried Alive
Mátyás Seiber — Ulysses

James will be preparing the Collegiate Chorale Singers for this performance of some rare but potent works. One of the most influential authors of his time, Joyce was also a composer and singer proficient in many sorts of music. Experience the music of his favorite composers, along with a cantata inspired by his most famous work.

Bard Music Festival, Modernism and Its Discontent, Schmidt's DAS BUCH MIT SIEBEN SIEGELN

08.21.10 |8:00pm, 7:00pm pre-concert talk

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be the choral director for this performance of Schmidt's magnificent oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, which reveals that the reaction against modernism itself inspired great music.

Mostly Mozart Festival, Concert Chorale of New York in DAVIDDE PENITENTE

08.20.10 to 08.21.10 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be the choral director for this rare performance of Mozart's Davidde penitente,whose music was constructed from Mozart’s unfinished Mass in C minor.

Bard Summerscape - Oscar Straus, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER

08.05.10 to 08.14.10 |August 5–7, 12, and 13 at 8 pm, August 8, 11*, 14, and 15 at 3 pm

Fisher Center, Theatre Two, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be conducting Oscar Straus’s charming 1908 chamber opera, which is a fusion of Viennese operetta and British wit, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Arms and the Man. The music is enchanting, and the story is lively and amusing—all in all, The Chocolate Soldier is a perfect operetta for a summer celebration of early 20th-century Austrian musical works.

Bard Summerscape - Schrecker's DER FERNE KLANG (THE DISTANT SOUND)

07.30.10 to 08.01.10 |July 30 and August 6 at 7 pm, August 1 and 4 at 3 pm

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be the chorus master for this lush production of The Distant Sound. Hailed early in his career as the most significant musical-dramatist after Wagner, the Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher Franz Schreker (1878–1934) quickly became a central figure in the remarkably fertile Viennese atmosphere that produced composers such as Schoenberg, Berg, Korngold, and Zemlinsky, among others. His extraordinary musical works, which draw on an aesthetic that is a mixture of romanticism, naturalism, expressionism, and Neue Sachlichkeit, are frequently heard in Europe but are largely unfamiliar to U.S. audiences.

The Collegiate Chorale - Handel's ISRAEL IN EGYPT

05.12.10 |8:00pm

The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, New York, NY

James Bagwell will conduct George F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt, featuring Sari Gruber, soprano; Brian Asawa, alto; and Rufus Müller, tenor and The American Symphony Orchestra. Darkness over the earth, water turning to blood, plagues of jumping frogs, buzzing insects, and hailstones, an oncoming mighty storm, and the parting of the Red Sea while hordes of horsemen and chariots are engulfed – such imagery calls for the masterful hand of George F. Handel. In this choral tour de force, some of the most vivid images of the Exodus story are recounted during the first segment, which is then followed by the beautiful and exultant second part, The Song of Moses. At times tender, simple, stately, crashing, complex and colossal, Israel in Egypt is one of Handel’s monumental achievements, featuring the chorus in an unprecedented way with lovely and descriptive solos and duets accentuating their story throughout.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra - LATIN AMERICA CONCERT

05.01.10 |7:30pm

Chapman Music Hall, Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK

James will be the guest conductor for this concert with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, as part of Hear the World with the TSO's 2009/2010 Concert Season. This program is to include Chabrier's Espana, Revueltas' Sensamaya, Moncayo's Huapango, Piazzolla's Oblivion, Ginastera's Danses from Estancia and Falla's Three Corner Hat.

American Symphony Orchestra - Schumann: SCENES FROM GOETHE'S FAUST

04.09.10 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this oratorio, the greatest poetic rendering of the story of the man who sells his soul to the devil, set to music by a composer who knew very well what it is like to be haunted by demons. On the occasion of the bicentennial of Schumann’s birth, ASO completes its trilogy that began with Manfred and Das Paradies und die Peri, with the third of Schumann’s great dramatic oratorios.

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Beethoven's SYMPHONY NO. 9 IN D MINOR

03.28.10 |3:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the Dessoff Choirs for one of the best known works of the Western repertoire, Beethoven's great masterpiece Symphony No. 9 in D minor, as part of the Beethoven Then and Now series at Lincoln Center.

The Dessoff Choirs - Works by Kyle Gann, Lukas Foss and Harold Faberman

03.06.10 |8:00

Merkin Hall, 129 W 67th St, New York, NY

James will conduct The Dessoff Choirs in a program of new works, including Kyle Gann's Transcendental Sonnets, Lukas Foss' Psalm and a world premiere of Harold Faberman's Talk.

Berkshire Bach Society - J.S. Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

12.19.09 |8:00pm

First Congregational Church, Great Barrington, MA

James will conduct the Berkshire Bach Singers & Players in parts 4, 5, and 6 of Bach's monumental work. Originally comprised of 6 cantatas, the second half of the work will be presented here featuring Rufus Müller, tenor, Charles Sprawls, bass, Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano, and Megan Taylor, soprano.

The Collegiate Chorale - GALA CONCERT, A JUBILANT SONG

12.01.09 |7:00pm

Carnegie Hall, New York , NY

On December 1, 2009 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, join James Bagwell, Roger Rees and many well-known friends as they lead A Jubilant Song, a celebration of The Collegiate Chorale’s remarkable history of exceptional conductors, noteworthy commissions and premieres, and multi-faceted choral programming. As the new Music Director, Mr. Bagwell gives tribute to his predecessors and ushers in a new era of The Collegiate Chorale. Works to be performed include the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Verdi arias, A Jubilant Song by Dello Joio, and excerpts from Bernstein’s A White House Cantata. Featuring Salvatore Licitra, tenor; Emily Pulley, soprano; Anita Johnson, soprano; Robert Mack, tenor; Erin Morley, soprano; Jenny Lin, piano; and Roger Rees, emcee. A benefit dinner with Mr. Bagwell and guest artists at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room will follow the concert.

The Dessoff Choirs - Bloch's SACRED SERVICE

11.12.09 |8:00pm

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 7 West 83rd St., New York, NY

James will conduct the Dessoff Choirs in Bloch's Sacred Service which is a complete musical setting of the liturgical prayers for the Sabbath and dramatizes a spiritual journey taken not only by Jews, but by all people. Of this work, Bloch himself wrote: "Though intensely Jewish in roots, the message seems to me, above all, a gift of Israel to the whole of mankind. It symbolized for me far more than a Jewish service, but in its great simplicity and variety, it embodies a philosophy acceptable to all men." Come experience this spiritual journey with The Dessoff Choirs and bass soloist Charles Perry Sprawls.

American Symphony Orchestra - Vincent D'Indy's FERVAAL

10.14.09 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this opera-in-concert performance of Vincent D'Indy's Fervaal. D’Indy’s great opera was inspired by Wagner, but Debussy and Dukas thought Fervaal was even better than Wagner’s epics. Continuing in the vein of Dukas’s Ariane et Barbe-bleue, Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus, and Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys, ASO presents another rare masterpiece from the golden age of French opera.

Mostly Mozart Festival - Haydn's CREATION

08.21.09 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the Concert Chorale of New York for the closing night performance of this year's Mostly Mozart Festival.

The Bard Music Festival - WAGNER AND THE CHORAL TRADITION

08.15.09 |5:00pm

Olin Hall, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will conduct the Bard Chorale in full program of choral music to include works by Richard Wagner (1813–83); Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-94); Anton Bruckner (1824-96); Johannes Brahms (1833-97); and Franz Liszt (1811-86)

Bard Summerscape - Meyerbeer's LES HUGUENOTS

07.31.09 to 08.07.09 |7:00pm on July 31st, Aug. 7th, 3:00pm on Aug. 2nd and 5th

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be the chorus master for this rarely performed work which quickly became one of the most stunning successes in the history of the Paris Opéra. It is majestic opera at its purest, featuring a large cast and chorus, all against a sobering backdrop of bigotry and hatred.

The New York Philharmonic - Mahler's SYMPHONY NO. 8: Symphony of a Thousand

06.24.09 to 06.27.09 |7:30pm on June 24th and 25th, 8:00pm on June 26th and 27th

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the Dessoff Symphonic Choir for 4 performances of this seminal work. More than 300 artists fill an expanded stage in the crowning performances of Lorin Maazel’s acclaimed Mahler cycle and his triumphant career as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. “Deeply impressive and continuously exciting,” said The New York Times of Maazel’s Mahler, “Clearly, he should keep the Mahler coming.” This once-in-a-lifetime production is not to be missed!

The New York Philharmonic - Britten's WAR REQUIEM, OP. 66

06.11.09 to 06.13.09 |7:30 on the 11th, 8:00 on June 12th and 13th

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

James will be preparing the Dessoff Symphonic Choir for these monumental performances of Britten's War Requiem conducted by Lorin Maazel. An instant classic when it premiered at the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral in 1962, the shattering impact of this unflinching cry against war is delivered in all its power by two orchestras, two choruses, and a trio of exceptional soloists.

Cincinnati May Festival w/May Festival Youth Chorus - SPECIAL CONCERT

05.24.09 |8:00pm

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY

The exquisitely beautiful and acoustically superb Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption will again be the site of truly incredible music-making, starting with a performance by the outstanding May Festival Youth Chorus of striking
a cappella works from the 16th and 20th centuries.

The Dessoff Choirs - BILLINGS TO IVES: The Shape of American Choral Music

03.07.09 |8:00pm

St. George's Church, 209 East 16th Street at Third Avenue, New York, NY

Looking back to William Billings and other early American composers, this intimately-scaled program explores the development of choral music in this country from the late 18th through the early 20th century, when Charles Ives composed his pivotal 90th Psalm. Featured works include shape-note hymns, Hora novissima by Horatio Parker, and three works by Ives: Psalm 67, Psalm 90, and an excerpt from his cantata The Celestial Country. Period readings lend additional context in depicting how tradition and innovation have shaped the American choral landscape. Come be a part of Dessoff's first live recording in years.

American Symphony Orchestra - Luigi Dallapiccola's VOLO DI NOTTE, IL PRIGIONIERO

02.20.09 |8:00pm

Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this opera-in-concert performance of two of Dallapiccola's most affecting works stand as monumental moral testaments. Night Flight was written in response to the rise of fascism, and is based on the work of French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery (of Little Prince Fame). The Prisoner, Dallapiccola's one-act opera of 1948, explores the ideas of torture and hope in a world without justice.

The Juilliard Opera Center - John Adams' THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER

01.31.09 |8:00pm

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, The Juilliard School, 155 West 65th St, New York, NY

James prepares the chorus for a performance of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by the composer. Part of the FOCUS! 2009 California:A Century of New Music concert series at Juilliard, which features music from California, from earlier 20th-century radicals such as Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Lou Harrison, and the many illustrious members of the next generations such as Morton Subotnick, Roger Reynolds, John Adams, Robert Erickson, Leon Kirchner, and Terry Riley, to the younger composers of today.

Berkshire Bach Society - Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

12.13.08 |8:00pm

First Congregational Church, Great Barrington, MA

James will conduct the Berkshire Bach singers, orchestra and soloists in this seasonal work comprised of six cantatas.

The Dessoff Choirs - THE LEGACY OF DAVID

11.20.08 |8:00pm

St. James' Church, 865 Madison Avenue at 71st Street, New York, NY

From the full-bodied Renaissance polyphony of Thomas Weelkes’ Hosanna to the Son of David to Norman Dinerstein’s moving portrayal of David’s grief over the death of his son, When David Heard, this concert spans centuries and continents to present a lyrical portrait of the Biblical hero David. The program concludes with Arthur Honegger’s masterful oratorio, King David, which employs chorus, orchestra, soloists, and actors to portray the life of this fabled leader.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra - THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF DISNEY

11.15.08 |7:30pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Hall, Tulsa, OK

James leads the TSO through selected orchestral scores from some of Disney's finest movies including: Tarzen, Little Mermaid, Hercules, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Rescuers Down Under, Alladin, Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King

Amercian Symphony Orchestra - Édouard Lalo's LE ROI D’YS

10.03.08 |8:00pm

Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY

James will be preparing the chorus for this concert performance of Edouard Lalo's grandest work, tells the tale of the mythical sunken city of Ys, a subject that has inspired writers, musicians, artists (and more recently, video programmers) for centuries. The masterpiece premiered in 1888 to great acclaim, and influenced French opera for a generation.

Mostly Mozart Festival, Concert Chorale of New York in MASS IN C MINOR

08.22.08 to 08.23.08 |8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, (Columbus Ave. at 65th St.), New York, NY

For the closing concert of the Mostly Mozart Festival, James will be preparing The Concert Chorale of New York for Mozart's "Mass in C minor".

Bard Music Festival, Prokofiev and His World - 20TH CENTURY RUSSIA: NOSTALGIA AND REALITY

08.17.08 |4:30 Preconcert Talk, 5:00 Performance

Sosnoff Theatre, Bard College Campus, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be preparing the Bard Festival Chorale for a program featuring works by Prokofiev, Dukelsky and Rachmaninoff.

Bard Music Festival, Prokofiev and His World - WHITE RUSSIANS ABROAD

08.15.08 |7:30pm Preconcert Talk, 8:00pm Performance

Sosnoff Theatre on the Bard College Campus, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

James will be conducting the Bard Festival Chorale in a program featuring music from Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" and Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms".

Mostly Mozart Festival, Concert Chorale of New York in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO

08.03.08 |5:00pm

The Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th St. (Time Warner Center), New York, NY

James will be preparing the Concert Chorale of New York for this concert version of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Edward Gardner.

Bard Summerscape - OF THEE I SING

08.01.08 to 08.10.08 |Performances on Aug. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10 (see link below for perf. times)

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard. College, Annandale on the Hudson, NY

James conducts George S. Kaufman's 1931 political satire with songs by George and Ira Gershwin

Light Opera Oklahoma - INTO THE WOODS, CANDIDE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

06.13.08 to 07.12.08 |(see link below for specific perfomance dates and times.)

Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa , OK

James conducts 3 productions in rep: Sondhiem's "Into the Woods", Bernstein's "Candide", and Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance".

Michael Clark Company - Concert Chorale of New York in LES NOCES

06.05.08 to 06.07.08 |8:00pm (performances on June 5th and June 7th only)

The Rose Theatre, 60th and Broadway (Time Warner Center), New York, NY

James will be preparing the Concert Chorale of New York for "I Do", The Stravinsky Project Part III (2007) (U.S. Premiere),
dance choreographed by Michael Clark, set to Stravinsky's "Les Noces".

Cincinnati May Festival w/May Festival Youth Chorus - SPECIAL CONCERT

05.18.08 |8:00pm

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Cincinnati, OH

The Festival's annual Cathedral concert this year celebrates James' tenth anniversary as director of the May Festival Youth Chorus. The works he has selected represent highlights from his time with the group, which he has shaped into an acclaimed ensemble that has been featured on NPR's "From the Top", a program that showcases the best of the best of today's young performers.

Berkshire Bach Society - ORFEO ED EURIDICE

05.09.08 |8:00pm

Mahaiwe Theater, Great Barrington, MA

James will conduct Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" with the Berkshire Bach Society orchestra, chorus and soloists.

The Dessoff Choirs - I HATE AND I LOVE

05.01.08 |8:00pm

Merkin Hall, New York, NY

James will conduct the Dessoff choirs in a program that includes Dominick Argento’s graphic "I Hate and I Love", based on poems by Catullus; Leonard Bernstein’s inimitable "Missa Brevis", adapted from his score for Jean Anouilh’s "The Lark"; and Luigi Dallapiccola’s anti-fascist "Canti de prigionia".

The Bard College Conservatory of Music, Graduate Program in Vocal Arts - FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS, A BIRD IN YOUR EAR

03.21.08 to 03.22.08 |8:00pm

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theatre, NY

James will conduct two evenings of opera, directed by Doug Fitch, featuring the world premiere of the Conservatory-commissioned one-act opera "A Bird in Your Ear", by David Bruce, and the first fully staged abridged, one-act version of Virgil Thomson’s "Four Saints in Three Acts".

American Symphony Orchestra - The Destruction of Jerusalem, Op. 24

03.16.08 |3:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall, New York , NY

James will be preparing the chorus for the US premiere of this unique work by Ferdinand Hiller.

The Dessoff Choirs - IN SOUND AND WORD: Exploring 19th to 20th Century American Works

03.02.08 |4:00pm

Old 1st Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY

The Dessoff Choirs - IN SOUND AND WORD: Exploring 19th to 20th Century American Works

03.01.08 |8:00pm

New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York, NY

James will conduct the Dessoff choirs in two historic settings in this wide-ranging survey of American choral work that moves from the folk traditions of shape-note hymns to the concert music of the 19th and 20th centuries.