A Village Christmas Concert
Handel’s Messiah (Advent and Christmas portions)
Messiah, HWV 56, George Frideric Handel
CONDUCTOR: Dr. William F. Entriken
FEATURED SOLOISTS: Ellen Goff Entriken, Soprano, Mary Bowen, Mezzo-Soprano, James Rodgers, Tenor, and Andrew Martens, Bass.
The renowned Choir, Soloists, and Orchestra of The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York will perform A Village Christmas Concert featuring the beloved George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. The Choir’s bi-annual performances of Messiah have become a Greenwich Village tradition, and one of New York City’s most captivating interpretations of this oratorio.
Delight in Handel's inspiring Messiah while surrounded by magnificent stained-glass windows in the beautiful setting of historic First Presbyterian Church.
Organist and Choir Director, Dr. William F. Entriken conducts the event which includes four consummate soloists, and the celebrated choir and chamber orchestra. Dr. Entriken will also perform with orchestra Handel’s Organ Concerto in F Major, Opus 4, No. 4., which features the church’s grand pipe organ built by Sebastian Glück of New York.
Handel’s Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 1742. It received a London performance a year later and is now a Christmas season favorite. Performed under the direction of Dr. William C. Carl a century ago on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the founding of First Presbyterian, this year’s performance is part of the commemoration of the church’s 300th Anniversary.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. A wine and cheese reception with the artists follows in the church's Great Hall.
For more information call 212.675.6150, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit fpcnyc.org/anniversary.
Meet our featured soloists:
ELLEN GOFF ENTRIKEN, soprano soloist and a member of the choir of First Presbyterian Church, has appeared as soloist with numerous choral and orchestral ensembles in the United States and abroad. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in the New York premiere of Handel’s “Joshua” with the Oratorio Society of New York. Other ensembles with which she has sung as soprano soloist include the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, New York City, Pro Arte Chorale in New Jersey, and Stamford Symphony in Connecticut. Ms. Goff Entriken is also an accomplished recitalist, specializing in German lieder. She studied at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria, on full sponsorship, where she was recipient of the Franz Schubert Prize for Voice and was featured in recital aired on Austrian radio. She has been a New York regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Washington International Competition for Singers award winner. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
MARY BOWEN, Mezzo Soprano, has performed with opera companies such as Opera Ireland, New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera de Zapopan (Guadalajara, Mexico), Baltimore Concert Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera (OH), Opera Southwest (NM) and Opera Theatre di Lucca (Italy). On the concert stage, Mary debuted at Carnegie Hall in Beethoven’s Mass in C and was the mezzo soloist at First Presbytererian Church, NYC in the Rachmaninoff Vespers, Op. 37. More concert solo appearances include performing with the Lima Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s 2nd Symphony), Alpha Omega Ensemble (Vivaldi’s Gloria), Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (Haydn’s Scena di Berenice) and the Venice Baroque Orchestra at BAM (Handel’s Siroe). She has performed as the mezzo soloist in Handel’s Messiah in many locations throughout the US including Tulsa, OK Philharmonic. Mary performs many solo recitals and has appeared on the Trinity Concerts at One series at Trinity Church in Manhattan and recently performed a Lieder Abend at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights. Mary holds a Master of Music in Voice and an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Mary is also a private voice teacher, a certified Music Together teacher and a Reiki master teacher and practitioner.
JAMES BEJAMIN RODGERS, tenor, has appeared with The Ravinia Festival, The MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig, The Kurt Weill Festival, The Argento Ensemble, The Merola Opera Program, Toledo Opera, Opera Omaha, The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, New Zealand Opera, The Southern Sinfonia, The Little Orchestra Society of New York, The Otago Arts Festival, The Mac-Haydn Theatre, The Beijing Modern Music Festival, The Orpheus Choir, The Banff Centre and The Paul Dresher Ensemble. James has performed numerous roles in both Opera and Musical Theatre. He is a passionate advocate of the art song repertoire and a champion of new music. His awards include: An Arts Excellence Award from the Malvina Major Foundation (2010), Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition (2008), Winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition (2007), Wellington Rotary Scholarship, Marie D’Albini Scholarship, Bell Gully Travel Award, Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship in Music, as well as grants from the Lankhuyzen/Whetu Kairangi Masonic Trust and the Kurt Weill Foundation. In 2014 James made his directorial debut with Sondheim’s Putting It Together. He has gone on to direct productions of Albert Herring, Don Giovanni and The Rape of Lucretia. In the same year released his debut album - Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill.
ANDREW MARTENS, bass, has recently made debuts at Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. He has worked with such notable artists as Seiji Osawa, Patrick Summers, Francesca Zambello and David Kneuss. Andrew Martens received his BA in Music and German from Duke University and a Masters and Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. He has been an apprentice artist at the Central City Opera and pursued an Artist Diploma in Opera from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. A member of the San Francisco Opera Center's Young Artist Program, Merola and the Western Opera Theatre, he toured the US and Japan. Active in the Latvian community, he has given recitals in New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Latvia. He is a member of the bass section at Temple Emanu-El and the bass section leader at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. Currently Andrew enjoys spending time North of New York City, watching his children grow and being able to experience the beautiful seasonal changes along the Hudson River.