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Gary Thor Wedow

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Faculty Vocal Arts

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The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York , New York 10023
United States

Company Description: The Juilliard School established this country's standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. In 1951, its Dance Division was...   more

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  • chorus master
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Gary Thor Wedow will guest ..., 16 Nov 2014 [cached]
Gary Thor Wedow will guest conduct the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus in
Gary Thor Wedow will guest conduct the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus in "Messiah" next Sunday.
Nearly 300 years since its Dublin debut, Handel's "Messiah" has rocketed to the status of folk music.
This Baroque masterpiece has been heard in everything from churches to concert halls to home-grown sing-a-long productions across the globe.
"Everybody knows it," Santa Fe Symphony guest conductor Gary Thor Wedow said. "He wrote it in an operatic fashion in terms of variety and passion and thrust. It's like reading a great book. You can't put the book down."
Wedow will join the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus in performing Handel's masterwork.
"It is probably one of the greatest pieces of music written by a theatrical composer at the height of his powers," Wedow said in a telephone interview from Seattle. "He knew what worked."
An Italian-style operatic composer, Handel knew how to lead listeners through a dramatic story of redemption.
"Whether you're a Christian or not, you get swept up in this story," Wedow said. "It's this thrilling, white-knuckled piece you have to tell in this Hitchcockian manner - not telling the ending too soon and keeping the audience at the edge of their seat."
Thanks to "Messiah's" prominence, most musicians and singers have performed it at least once, an advantage to any conductor open to different interpretations, Wedow said.
"You come to people who have studied this piece their entire lives," he explained. "It's a wonderful kaleidoscope."
Many of the soloists boast Santa Fe connections.
Soprano Devon Guthrie is a former Santa Fe Opera apprentice singer; she sang in last season's "Fidelio."
"She was a student of Juilliard," Wedow said.
The concert marks a sort of homecoming for Wedow, who worked as the Santa Fe Opera's choral director until about 1998, he said. Today he conducts at the Seattle Opera and made his New York Philharmonic debut with "Messiah" in 2012. Wedow has taught at the Juilliard School since 1994.
"I love New Mexico," he said.
During the afternoon, each group will ..., 29 Jan 2014 [cached]
During the afternoon, each group will work with renowned conductor Gary Thor Wedow. Mr. Wedow is a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School and has an extensive career in opera and choral conducting, as well as the training of young singers. There will also be vocal coaching sessions by other professionals. 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Community choirs and individual singers will have an opportunity to work with Mr. Wedow in a massed choral setting as we prepare the chorale O Sacred Head, Now Wounded from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion and possibly another piece for performance as part of the massed choir this evening.
The conductor was baroque specialist ..., 27 Feb 2015 [cached]
The conductor was baroque specialist Gary Thor Wedow in a welcome return to Seattle.
Staff | Wolf Trap, 5 Nov 2013 [cached]
Gary Wedow (Voyage to Reims) - Seattle Opera; New York City Opera; Florida Grand Opera; Canadian Opera Company; Glimmerglass Opera
Gary Thor Wedow, an ..., 31 Jan 2013 [cached]
Gary Thor Wedow, an insightful conductor with irresistible musical zest, makes his company debut.
CONDUCTOR • Gary Thor Wedow
GARY THOR WEDOW, conductor
Gary Thor Wedow Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has been hailed for 'hot music making' by the Baltimore Sun and 'convincingly elegant period style' in Opera News. This season's highlights include Handel's Messiah (Alabama Symphony), Handel's Rinaldo (Portland Opera) and La Voix Humaine/Suor Angelica(Seattle Opera) this coming spring.
A faculty member of The Juilliard School, he has led the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio, guest conducted at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program and the Pittsburg Opera Center, and is a frequent visiting faculty member and conductor at Indiana University. He took up the baton once again at the Merola Opera Program this summer with Mozart's La Finta Giardinera, and looks forward to conducting Handel's Xerxes at Indiana University this winter.
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