MSM Symphony and Symphonic Chorus
Philippe Entremont, conductor; Kent Tritle, organ; Katherine Saik, soprano


Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) and Poulenc’s Gloria

Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Maestro Philippe Entremont returns to New York City to conduct the Manhattan School of Music Symphony on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in a concert that will be taking place at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Featured works will include Poulenc’s Gloria, showcasing the MSM Symphony Chorus and Soprano Katherine Saik, as well as the Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”), showcasing Organist Kent Tritle. Mr. Tritle is Director of Choral Activities at Manhattan School of Music and Director of Cathedral Music at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. In addition, he is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and American Symphony Orchestra.

Manhattan School of Music holds a longstanding relationship with Philippe Entremont who regularly conducts the School’s orchestras and gives master classes both in chamber music and piano. In August 2011, at the invitation of Maestro Entremont, the MSM Chamber Sinfonia traveled to Nice, France, to perform under his baton, in a series of concerts titled “les concerts du Cloître,” held at the prestigious Cimiez Monastery. André Peyregne from The Nice-Matin, said:

“The night was American yesterday evening at the Cimiez cloister. In this setting, one of the most beautiful concert venues in the region, we heard a performance by the orchestra from Manhattan School of Music in New York, a school that ranks among the best in America for the training of orchestral musicians. For over a week, concert after concert, we have admired the beautiful, rich sound of this symphonic ensemble whose quality rivals that of many professional orchestras. These young musicians represent the high symphonic caliber of the future, yet they have already achieved it in the present and have been the object of everyone’s admiration.” August 13, 2011

Tickets, priced at $20; $12 for seniors and students, are required. They can be obtained by calling the MSM Box Office at 917 493 4428, or by visiting The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is located at 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

Manhattan School of Music Orchestral Programs:
In the tradition of the classical music conservatory, the orchestral studies program at MSM forms the heart of the performing experience for undergraduate and graduate instrumentalists. All students, placed by competitive audition, are required to participate in at least one of the School’s three major orchestras – the MSM Philharmonia, Symphony and Chamber Sinfonia – under the guidance of George Manahan, Director of Orchestral Activities. The three orchestras’ many performances each year give the students ample opportunities to develop their audition and ensemble technique, as well as knowledge of orchestral repertoire.

In addition to Maestro Manahan, the orchestras work regularly with resident conductor David Gilbert, and guest conductors such as Philippe Entremont, Mei-Ann Chen and Kurt Masur. In 2008, celebrating the School’s 90th anniversary, the MSM Chamber Sinfonia made its Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman. Other orchestral highlights have included readings with distinguished conductors such as David Robertson, Yuri Temirkanov, and Charles Dutoit; a visit from principal musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to work with MSM orchestral musicians; and a week-long residency in Caracas, Venezuela at the invitation of Maestro José Antonio Abreu, during which the MSM Symphony worked side by side with musicians of the Simón Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and serving as orchestra in residence under the baton of Philippe Entremont at the “les concerts du Cloître ,” in Nice France.

Artist Bios:

Philippe Entremont
came to international attention at age eighteen for his performance in Carnegie Hall of Jolivet’s Piano Concerto and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then, he has pursued a distinguished international career as a pianist and, for the last 30 years, on the podium.
This season he will guest conduct European and American orchestras as well as perform numerous piano and chamber music concerts. And, in the 2013-2014 season he will tour the Vienna Concert-Verein in the United States with soloist, Sebastian Knauer.

His renown as an orchestral conductor has led to numerous international tours: ten tours in the U.S.and seven in Japan with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, a tour of eleven concerts with the Orquestra de Cadaqués in capitals in Asia, and a tour in Switzerland and Germany conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, he has led international tours conducting from the piano as well as the podium. He returned in both capacities for the Munich Symphony’s highly successful 15-concert U.S. tour in February of 2009. In 1997, Philippe Entremont founded the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival. As Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra, he celebrated its tenth anniversary with the premieres of two Festival-commissioned symphonies by Dominican composers and performances by internationally renowned guest artists such as André Watts, Dan Zhu, Arturo Sandoval, and Vitalij Kowaljow. Formerly Music Director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Denver Symphony, Mr. Entremont was also Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Having served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for almost thirty years, he is now Conductor Laureate for Life, as he is of the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués. He has directed the great symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia, and America. Mr. Entremont was among the ten world-class pianists chosen to perform in the “Piano Extravaganza of the Century” at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

One of the most recorded artists of all time, Philippe Entremont has appeared on many labels, including CBS Sony, Teldec and Harmonia Mundi, and he has garnered all of the leading prizes and awards in the industry. His 2008 releases include Mozart’s Concertone; Concerto for Violin and Piano with the Wiener Kammerorchester; Strauss’ lieder with Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano); and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 with the Orquesta del Festival Musical de Santa Domingo.

Great Cross of the Austrian Republic Order of Merit, Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Merit, Commander of the Order of Arts et Lettres, Philippe Entremont has also been awarded the Arts and Sciences Cross of Honor of Austria. He is President of the International Certificate for Piano Artists, President of the Bel’Arte Foundation of Brussels and is Director of the famed American Conservatory of Fountainebleau, a post formerly held by the legendary Nadia Boulanger.

Kent Tritle
, one of America’s leading choral conductors, assumed the role of Director of Cathedral Music and organist at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine on September 1, 2011. He is Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by The New York Times, he is Director of Choral Activities at Manhattan School of Music and a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. Kent Tritle founded the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series in 1989, when he became Director of Music Ministries at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and made it an acclaimed part of the New York concert scene for more than 22 years.

As Director of Choral Activities at MSM, Kent Tritle has led student forces in performances of Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. He is also renowned as a master clinician, giving workshops on conducting and repertoire. As a featured conductor at the Berkshire Choral Festival in 2008 he led a performance of Handel’s Solomon performed by a chorus of 215 voices. He returned to the festival in 2011 to conduct a select choir in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Tritle was Music Director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs. Under his direction the Dessoff Choirs performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Czech Phil¬harmonic, as well as in a nationally telecast Live from Lincoln Center concert of Mozart’s Requiem. Among the conductors that Mr. Tritle has prepared choruses for include Philippe Entremont, Christoph von Dohnányi, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Dennis Russell Davies. Among the soloists with whom he has collaborated are singers Renée Fleming, Jessye Nor¬man, Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham, and Sherrill Milnes; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianist André Previn; and actor Tony Randall.

As an organist, Mr. Tritle performs regularly in Europe and across the U.S. and has appeared often as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. With the Philharmonic he has recorded Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, and Henze’s Symphony No. 9, all conducted by Kurt Masur, as well as the Grammy-nominated Sweeney Todd. Kent Tritle’s most recent CDs with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Ginastera’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah and Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir; and Wondrous Love, music from 1,000 years of sacred repertoire, have been praised by Gramophone, the American Record Guide, and The Choral Journal.

Soprano Katherine Saik is a first year master of music candidate at Manhattan School of Music studying with Neil Rosenshein. Previous solo credits include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Fauré Requiem.

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