Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Ode to Joy"

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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Rossen Milanov, conductor
Helen Hassinger, soprano
Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano
David Crawford, bass
Columbus Symphony Chorus

Pre-performance Lecture



Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125, "Choral"  [65’] 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his third season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra following two seasons of enthusiastic acclaim. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

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Columbus Symphony Chorus

The Columbus Symphony Chorus, now in its 56th season, continues to excel under the direction of Chorus Director Ronald J. Jenkins. Under his leadership for the past 32 years, the Chorus has grown both in the quality of its performances and in the diversity of its classical repertoire.

The 140-member Chorus, comprised entirely of volunteer singers from central Ohio, performs major works from Bach through the 21st century. Past performances have included the requiems of Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, Mozart, and Duruflé; the Bach B Minor Mass; Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass; Haydn's Lord Nelson and Harmonie Mass; Haydn's Creation and the Seasons; works by Rossini, Orff, Walton, Britten, and Prokofiev; and concert performances of operas, including Bizet’s Carmen. In 2013, the chorus premiered Stephen Paulus' Of Songs and Singing, conducted by Jenkins and commissioned by the chorus to honor his 30+ years of service. In addition to their classical concerts, the Chorus' annual Holiday Pops concerts, conceived and directed by Jenkins since their beginning in 1983, have grown into one of the best-loved musical traditions in the central Ohio area.

Helen Hassinger, soprano

Soprano Helen Hassinger's roles include the title role in Emmeline, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Soprano II (Hydrogen Jukebox), St. Francis' Trainer (Vinkensport...or the Finch Opera), and The Angel (Angels in America). Other projects include the title role (cover) in the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake, as part of the Ouroboros Trilogy presented by Beth Morrison Projects. A graduate of St. Olaf College (BA) in Northfield, MN and Boston University (MM), she continues her development at the Boston University Opera Institute, where she studies with Dr. Lynn Eustis. Ms. Hassinger is also a classically trained violinist, formerly studying under Dr. Andrea Een (St. Olaf College) and Busya Lugovier (Viterbo University). A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Hassinger currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. www.helenhassinger.com

Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano

MEGAN QUICK, a native of Brockville, Ontario, is very excited to be joining the 2016/17 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble program. She studies with with Wendy Nielsen, and recently completed two years at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario). She holds a Diploma of Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto (May 2016), a Masters in Performance (2013) from Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, England) and a Bachelor of Music (2011) from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

In the 2015/16 University of Toronto Opera season, Megan performed Baba in Menotti’s The Medium, Poppet in Benjamin Britten’s operetta Paul Bunyan, as well as roles in The Fatal Gaze, and The Art of Prima Donna. She also performed Schoenberg's Lied der Waldtaube and Das Lied von der Erde by Mahler in the Faculty Artists series of recitals at the Unviersity of Toronto, under the baton of Uri Mayer. In 2014, Megan performed the roles of Little Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore with University of Toronto Opera.  

In May of 2015, she performed with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, singing Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. In 2013, she performed Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. While at Guildhall, Megan performed in various staged opera scene performances, as well as being a part of the opera choruses for Ned Rorem’s Our Town and Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto Nicolai. 

At Dalhousie, Megan performed participated in Opera Workshop performances annually. Her roles in these productions included Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Eva in Comedy on the Bridge, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi.

David Crawford, bass

American bass-baritone David Crawford is currently in his 10th consecutive season with the Metropolitan Opera. During the 2016-2017 season, he is scheduled to appear in over 50 performances in 7 different operas. Season highlights include Paris in the new production of Roméo et Juliette, the Sergeant in Manon Lescaut, Lord Walton in I puritani, and the Captain in Eugene Onegin.

 Since making his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2007 as The Warrior Apparition in Macbeth, Mr. Crawford has taken part in over three hundred performances and covered roles in over two hundred performances with the company. Last season he appeared as Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, a Mandarin in Turandot, and the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. Previous season highlights with the Met include Hermann/Schlemiel in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Count Horn in Un ballo in maschera, Schmidt in Andrea Chénier, Hector’s Ghost in Les Troyens, the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco, Happy in La fanciulla del West, Astarotte in Armida, the Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca.

 While the past 10 years have kept him incredibly busy during the Metropolitan Opera seasons, Mr. Crawford has been committed to exploring other opportunities as much as possible. In the spring of 2016, while scheduled to make his debut with Atlanta Opera as the Duke in Roméo et Juliette, he stepped in for an ailing colleague and debuted the role of Capulet instead. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Crawford returned to Chautauqua Opera as Banquo in Macbeth and in 2014 he appeared there as William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe. Other career highlights include the role of Caspar in Der Freischutz with Des Moines Metro Opera, the King in Transformations with Wexford Festival Opera, and Monterone in Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera.

 A native of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Mr. Crawford received a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Music from Boston University. He has participated in Young Artists Programs with Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Merola program at San Francisco Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Sarasota Opera, where he was the recipient of the 2007 Bradenton Opera Guild Award.