Viva la France
On the Program
Gabriel Fauré Requiem, Op. 48
A masterpiece of utter serenity, Fauré’s Requiem shimmers with luminous beauty.
Francis Poulenc Gloria
Francis Poulenc is known to music lovers as a good-humored composer. His well-loved Gloria is both exuberant and pious.
Claude Debussy Nocturnes, No. 3 “Sirènes”
Sirènes depicts the sea and its countless rhythms. Amongst the waves silvered by the moonlight can be heard the mysterious song of the Sirens as they laugh and pass on.
Camille Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert, Op. 94
One of the composer’s several pieces for solo instrument and orchestra that act as small-scale concertos. This uplifiting piece, featuring Kathy Thomas, the Bach Festival Orchestra’s principal french horn player, is rarely heard with full orchestral accompaniment.
John V.Sinclair | Artistic Director and Conductor
John V. Sinclair, conductor
Dr. John V. Sinclair is celebrating his 25th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College. He also conducts the Moravian Music Festivals and has conducted for The Berkshire Choral Festival.
Dr. Sinclair earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During the past twenty years, he has made over one thousand appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and numerous Bach Festival events.
A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins College, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship. For two consecutive years he was named “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida, and Florida International Magazine selected him as one of its “Power Players in the Arts.” In 2013, his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with a prestigious Citation for Achievement.
Sherezade Panthaki | soprano
Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); a vocal color “combining brilliance with a dark, plumlike tone” (The Wall Street Journal), and passionately informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has developed strong collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Matthew Halls, Nicholas Kraemer, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn.
Panthaki’s recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan was named one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2015 and described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Ms. Panthaki’s 2016-17 season includes performances with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; the Oregon Bach Festival; the Mark Morris Dance Group; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; The Kansas City, Colorado, Pasadena, and Milwaukee Symphonies; The American Classical Orchestra; New York Baroque Incorporated; The 4×4 Baroque Music Festival; and Opera Lafayette. She will also serve as Christoph Wolff Visiting Performer at the Harvard University Department of Music where she will give masterclasses and performances in collaboration with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Highlights of her past seasons include Handel’s Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, National Arts Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Calgary Philharmonic, Nashville and San Antonio Symphonies; Handel’s Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto; Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Morgan Library; Bach cantatas and oratorios and works by Handel and Purcell with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; the role of Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s L’allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and the title role of Galatea in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s premiere performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea; Mozart’s Requiem and Bach cantatas with Music of the Baroque; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra; Brahms’ Requiem and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion with John Scott and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys; Handel’s Solomon with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie (Holland); Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie and the Yale Philharmonia; Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Requiem with the Washington Bach Consort. Ms. Panthaki is an invited guest artist with the most accomplished early music ensembles in New York city, and has been featured as a guest soloist in multiple performances in Trinity Wall Street’s live-streamed “Bach at One Cantatas” series in New York City.
With her “fresh, youthful sound … with a welcome hint of steel” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Recent engagements have included Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, John Tavener’s The Last Discourse with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival, Britten’s War Requiem with the Louisville Choral Arts Society, as well as performances of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.
Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki began her musical education at an early age. Following intensive study and earning top distinction as a young pianist, she turned to singing and found a more personal and expressive means to connect with audiences. She holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she was the winner of multiple awards including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. An active and passionate music educator, she is frequently called upon to present vocal masterclasses at Universities and Arts Schools across the United States. Ms. Panthaki has served as Vocal Coach for the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and currently teaches voice lessons to scholarship winners of the top undergraduate and graduate choral ensembles at Yale University.
Michael Dean | bass-baritone
American bass-baritone Michael Dean has appeared with leading opera houses and orchestras of the U.S. and Europe. The New York Times lauded his “strong appealing bass-baritone,” while the San Jose Mercury News considered him “the standout, his voice a penetrating wake-up call.” During the 16/17 Season Michael’s engagements will include Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony and Faure’s Requiem with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
His 2015-16 season engagements included the Messiah with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Naples Philharmonic.
During 2014-15 season his appearances included debuts with the Utah Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Boulder Bach Festival performing Bach’s Mass in B-minor, and a return to the Winter Park Bach Festival for performances and a new recording of Mozart’s Requiem.
Michael Dean made his New York Philharmonic debut in the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Garden of Light, and returned the following season for a concert performance of Street Scene. His other recent appearances on the concert stage include Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and I Musici de Montréal; Mozart’s Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Modesto Symphony, and Quad City Symphony; Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Richmond Symphony; and Haydn’s Creation and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic.
Mr. Dean has made frequent appearances at New York City Opera, where he has performed the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, George in Of Mice and Men, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and included Jason McFarlane in the “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast of Lizzie Borden. Other recent operatic performances include Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Los Angeles Opera; the title role in Don Giovanni and Silva in Ernani at the Landestheater in Linz, Austria; Le Nozze di Figaro in Antwerp, Belgium; Of Mice and Men at Arizona Opera; and Colline in La Bohème in Strasbourg and Berlin. Dean has also received critical praise for his numerous recordings of baroque opera, including Agrippina, Ottone, Dido and Aeneas, Radamisto, Giustino, and Serse.
Michael Dean is currently the Music Department Chair and Associate Professor of Voice at The University of California-Los Angeles and a member of the voice faculty at the Chautauqua Music Festival.