Eric Garcia conductor
Cecilia Violetta López soprano
Teresa Buchholz mezzo-soprano
Wesley Morgan tenor
José Rubio baritone
Boise Phil Master Chorale
George Frideric HANDEL Messiah
Since its first performance two and a half centuries ago, Handel's Messiah continues to captivate people the world over. From deeply tender arias to show-stopping choruses and splendid orchestral writing, Messiah simply has it all. This year, Eric Garcia, the Boise Phil Orchestra, and the talented Boise Phil Master Chorale take the stage with our distinguished guest soloists for this ultimate holiday tradition. We invite you and your family to sit back, close your eyes, and revel in some of the most joyous choral music ever written.
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.
Cecilia Violetta López
USA Today has named Cecilia Violetta López one of “Idaho’s Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century” and has been named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. The singing actress is constantly praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range” (Washington Post).
Versatile mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz enjoys success in the realms of opera, art song and oratorio. Some recent performances include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, several Holiday concerts with The Greenwich Choral Society and a guest recital at her alma mater, The University of Northern Iowa.
Tenor Wesley Morgan has been praised for his “clear…ringing tenor,” "polished instrument," and “gift for suave phrasing.” Recent and upcoming appearances include Orlando Opera, Opera Delaware, Windsor Symphony, Helena Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony, Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Teatro Grattacielo in NYC, Tulsa Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Baltimore Concert Opera.
“...a voice roundly sonorous, of warm beauty, commanding in voice and presence, dominating the stage with every appearance - a major operatic find." -Opera News Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country.
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.