Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Yaniv Segal, conductor
James Cochran, chorus director
Nathalie Paulin, soprano
Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone
Handel — Messiah (HWV 56)
Experience the power of the 100-voice Naples Philharmonic Chorus as they present Handel’s masterful oratorio. A commentary on the life of Jesus Christ, Messiah remains Handel's best-known work, with performances particularly popular during the Advent season.
To commemorate the holiday season — and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus’ 25th anniversary — the Chorus will perform the work they first performed together as an ensemble in 1991.
Tuesday's performance will be presented in Hayes Hall.
Thursday's performance will be presented at First Presbyterian Church, Naples:
250 6th Street South
Yaniv Segal is the assistant conductor to Andrey Boreyko and the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. A versatile young conductor, composer and violinist who is dedicated to bringing classical music of all types to a broad and mainstream audience, he was spotlighted by Esquire magazine as a rising star who is “redefining classical music.” He also served as assistant conductor for the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in Warsaw and assisted Bright Sheng on a recording for Naxos Records with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Highlights of Yaniv’s last season include recording Joy and Sorrow, a CD of new Klezmer-inspired music released on Chesky Records and HDtracks in 2015, and the premiere performances of his Rite of Spring (Redux), an arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite for modern orchestra including electric guitar, bass guitar and saxophone.
James Cochran is the founder and director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic. As an organ recitalist, Cochran has performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. As the Naples Philharmonic Chorus director, he has prepared the ensemble for concerts under the batons of such preeminent conductors as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly and Jorge Mester. Outside of his work with the Naples Philharmonic, Cochran serves as the director of music at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Cochran holds master and doctorate of music arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music.