A Choral Christmas
James Cochran – Conductor
Michele Byrd – Soprano
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus
Vivaldi — from Gloria
Corelli — from Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8, G Minor: “Christmas Concerto”
Handel — from Messiah, HWV 56
Rutter — Gloria
Caccini (arr. Mercurio) — Ave Maria
Vaughan Williams — Fantasia on Greensleeves
Wappel — What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
Arr. Stephenson — A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along
Join James Cochran and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus for a program of uplifting sacred and secular carols that will put you in a holiday mood. Soprano Michele Byrd joins the ensembles for favorites including the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s immortal Messiah. A frequent Early music performer and friend of the Naples Philharmonic, Byrd is known to audiences for the clarity of her tone and power of her voice. Don’t miss this spirited celebration of the season.
James Cochran is founder and director of the 80-voice Naples Philharmonic Chorus as well as resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Philharmonic Youth Chorus. Cochran has performed as an organ recitalist in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. He has served as a collaborating pianist for singers Hermann Prey, Seth McCoy and Michele Byrd.
Soprano Michele Byrd is best known for her work in oratorio and as a recitalist. A frequent performer of early music, she has been heard most often in works by Bach, Handel, Schütz, Purcell and Pergolesi. Other notable performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Galuppi’s Nisi Dominus, and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus; as well as many of Haydn’s and Schubert’s masses; also works by Britten, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Byrd recently toured Austria and gave performances including Elijah by Mendelssohn, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen by Schubert and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse.
Brice Gerlach is assistant director and accompanist of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, respectively. While at Eastman, he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Organ. He completed his doctorate in choral conducting from Indiana University. Gerlach is also director of music at First Presbyterian Church.