Eric Garcia conductor
Maria Männistö soprano
Sarah Mattox mezzo-soprano
Ross Hauck tenor
Charles Robert Stephens baritone
Boise Phil Master Chorale
George WALKER Lyric for Strings
Ryan CARTER Concerto Molto Grosso (for audience and orchestra)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Music is a time machine. With one flick of the conductor’s baton we’re in grand Vienna, with 100 voices raised to sing of joy and hope for the future. Blink your eyes, and we’ve traveled to 1940s America at the desk of a young Black composer who is destined to break barriers, as he pours his whole soul into a lament for his grandmother. Blink again, and it’s the present… or is it the future? Cellphone and computer technology pair with human creativity to explore a brave new chapter. You’re invited to come along on this most extraordinary journey of past, present and future.
Praised for his “elegant and expressive” conducting, Eric Garcia is Music Director of the Boise Phil and Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Music Society SummerFest. Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops, and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release: Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.
Maria Männistö, “one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have heard in years,” (Seattle Times), moves comfortably among a wide range of musical styles to international acclaim. Maria has appeared frequently as a soloist with Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Sarah Mattox has sung principle roles with Seattle Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Amarillo Opera, and many others. Roles include Carmen
, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia
, and Ottavia in L’Incoronazione di Poppea
. As a concert soloist, Mattox has sung with symphonies nationwide and has made four appearances at Carnegie Hall.
Tenor Ross Hauck maintains an eclectic career spanning early music, oratorio, opera, and folk. He has appeared with orchestras including Seattle, Cincinnati, Calgary, Baltimore, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, and Kansas City. He has sung at the festivals of Chautauqua, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen, and Wolf Trap. He can be heard on many recordings with the baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire, and has been in live broadcasts on PBS.
Charles Robert Stephens
Charles has enjoyed a career spanning a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. In his 20 years in New York City he sang leading roles with the New York City Opera and was hailed by the New York Times
as a "baritone of smooth distinction." He also appeared frequently in Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York and was active in regional opera throughout the US as well as internationally.
Ryan Carter composes music that explores and critically examines new possibilities presented by emerging technologies. Described by the New York Times as "imaginative ... like, say, a Martian dance party," Ryan's music has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the MATA Festival, the National Flute Association, and many individuals and ensembles.
Led by Interim Music Director of the Boise Phil Master Chorale, Grant Farmer, the Master Chorale is an auditioned chorus of nearly 100 volunteer singers. For almost 50 years, they have endeavored to create moving musical experiences that inspire our community through a rich tradition of great choral music and modern musical innovations.
Grant Farmer, Interim Music Director of the Boise Phil Master Chorale, has conducted and prepared various collegiate and semi-professional choral ensembles across the country. His groups are regularly recognized for their brilliant sound and inspiring performances of works, large and small. He is also the Director of Choral Activities at The College of Idaho.