On Saturday, December 14, 2013, 7:30 PM, Ensemble du Monde celebrates the world premiere of prolific American composer Hampson Sisler’s monumental oratorio for orchestra and chorus, The Second Coming, with the World Premiere performance of the complete work in The Auditorium of the historic New York Society for Ethical Culture.
The concert also features Max Bruch’s delightful Scottish Fantasie, Op. 46 performed by Gwendolyn Howard, the dynamic 15-year-old winner of the Ensemble du Monde Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2013 sponsored by Global Women for the Arts.
Ensemble du Monde makes their debut at the New York Society for Ethical Culture as the newly appointed orchestra-in-residence.
This concert is also the release of the new compact disc of the work featuring Marlon Daniel conducting the Sofia Sinfonietta. PRIME tickets include a special invite only meet-the-artists reception and CD signing following the concert.
ARTISTS BIOS (from Ensemble du Monde's December press release)
MARLON DANIEL, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Music Director of Ensemble du Monde in New York and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta in Bulgaria, Marlon Daniel is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation. He has been described as "a natural and enormous talent" (Chicago Sun-Times) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda - Moscow). He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States, ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague.
GWENDOLYN HOWARD, VIOLIN
Gwendolyn Howard studies violin at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music. She is the first prize recipient of the Ensemble du Monde Young Artists Concerto Competition and the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. She has also received prizes in the Mary Smart Concerto Competition at the Summit Music Festival, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony's Carlson-Horn Competition.
HAMPSON SISLER, COMPOSER
Hampson Sisler is one of the most prolific American classical composers living today. His first works were published at age nineteen starting with the H.W.Gray Co. He has written more than one hundred works for solo instruments, organ, voice, choir and orchestra. Mr. Sisler is the music director at the historic St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst, New York. His recent compositions have been performed in Bulgaria, Israel, Prague, Russia and the United States. The majority of his orchestral works have been recorded on the MSR Classics label.