Manhattan Concert Productions presents Mozart’s Mass in C Major “Coronation Mass” (K.317) performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, and soloists with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and Grammy® Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone.
Grammy® Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone is director of Choirs and chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches conducting at the graduate level, and administers a choral program of eleven choirs. In February 2006, he received two Grammy® Awards ("Best Choral Performance" and "Best Classical Album") as chorusmaster for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom's monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The recent Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorusmaster, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy® Award ("Best Opera Recording").
The concert will also feature the National Children’s Festival Chorus, led by conductor Anthony Trecek-King performing Andrea Ramsey’s But A Flints Holds Fire, Scott Wheeler’s Free Land, Craig Hella Johnson’s Will There Really Be A “Morning”?, Rollo Dilworth's Trilogy of Dreams, and more.
Named one of Boston’s most stylish in 2012, Anthony Trecek-King is the Artistic Director and conductor of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction, the youth chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the White House. The Boston Globe calls the choir “angelic and dazzling,” while His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan heralds it as “superb,” and conductor Federico Cortese lauds BCC as “one of the emerging forces in Boston music life.” Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as “moving” and possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.”