"Domine Deus" from Bach's Mass in B Minor
performed at Staunton Music Festival
August 21, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, VA
Immanuel Davis, flute
Megan Chartrand, soprano
Scott Mello, tenor
SMF Baroque Players and Chorus, conducted by Carsten Schmidt
Immanuel Davis is one of the most versatile flutists of his generation. Equally at home on modern and baroque flutes, Immanuel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. In 2005 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study baroque flute at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Since then he has performed as soloist and chamber player with such early music ensembles as Early Music New York, ARTEK, Lyra Baroque and the Bach Society of Minnesota and Mercury Orchestra of Houston. He has also had the pleasure of performing on NPR’s Performance Today and in recitals with baroque luminaries Barthold Kuijken and Wilbert Hazelzet.
Praised for her “light, fleet soprano” and “soaring, diamantine high notes” (Opera News), Megan Chartrand feels equally at home singing early music, art song, chamber music and concert repertoire. Notable solo performances include Dalila in Handel's Samson with American Classical Orchestra and Mozart's Requiem with True Concord, both in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Megan has also sung Bach's St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and B Minor Mass with numerous ensembles, and Mahler's 4th Symphony at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. Megan sings frequently with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Clarion Music Society, Seraphic Fire, American Classical Orchestra, and many others.
Scott Mello has been praised for his “lyrical tenor” (NY Times) and for being “sonorous and alive to text” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Recent performances included Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer with Damask Ensemble, Buxtehude cantatas with Ensemble Clematis, and Claude Vivier's Journal with Cappella Amsterdam. A noted interpreter of Händel, he sang Messiah in debuts with Nashville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony, and La resurrezione with Bach Collegium San Diego. He has recorded for Avie, Dorian Sono Luminus, Ex Cathedra, Koch International and NPR. Mr. Mello earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, New York University and Yale University.
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