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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. Its alumni are among the most famous...   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.
Gary Thor Wedow ..., 22 Sept 2015 [cached]
Gary Thor Wedow
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
This production marks the company debut ..., 9 Nov 2012 [cached]
This production marks the company debut of Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, who has been recognized for his "hot music making" by The Baltimore Sun. Wedow makes frequent appearances at Virginia's Wolf Trap Opera Company and has served as faculty for The Juilliard School since 1994.
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