I am pleased to annouce my 2008-09 season. I will make debuts with several groups, including:
the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Chichester Psalms),
the Philadelphia Bach Festival (B-Minor Mass), and
the Staunton Music Festival (Theodora).
I return to sing with:
the Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Thomas Fifth Ave (Messiah),
the Princeton Glee Club (B-minor),
and one of my favorite groups, the American Bach soloists (Messiah, Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Handel Duets with soprano Mary Wilson).
I also launch my first tour with the Baroque ensemble Tableau in February-March of 2009.
Iconic composers are not born great; they are the synthesis of everything they have heard,
learned, and experienced and their music is a reflection of their world as they knew it.
Thus it was for George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), a composer best known for the Italian
Operas and English Oratorios that comprised the bulk of his mature output. But what about
young Handel? What music would have been playing in the courts and chapels of his youth?
What about the music of his teachers? What innovations did Handel borrow, and what new
musical ideas did he unleash upon the world?
Join Ian Howell and Tableau Baroque in the Spring of 2009 for a concert exploring the sonic landscape of Handel's formative years.
We are proud to launch a new website promoting these concerts.
Ian Howell joined conductor Jeffrey Thomas and The American Bach Soloists April 23rd-26th to record a CD of beautiful baroque music. Repertory includes: Bach's Cantata 170 Vergnügte Ruh, Domenico Scarlatti's Cantata Salve Regina, and Handel opera and oratorio arias from Saul (O Lord whose mercies numberless), Giulio Cesare (Al lampo dell'armi), Orlando (Fammi combattere & Orlando's Mad Scene), Rinaldo (Cara sposa), and Serse (Ombra mai fu). We are planning on a December release. The CD, "1685 and the Art of Ian Howell," will be available for purchase online and in stores, and available for download from iTunes and Magnamusic. Stay tuned for more information.
Ian Howell was interviewed on-air April 21st by Jeffrey Callison for KXJZ Capital Public Radio's program Insight.
Click here to listen to Ian's portion of the program.
Ian Howell premiered a set of three songs written by Argentinian born composer Pablo Ortiz during a concert at UC Davis in Davis, CA. Russ Irwin commissioned these pieces for me to texts by the Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos. Listen to a live recording of the second movement, Elegia, by clicking here.
In anticipation of his debut with the American Bach Soloists, Ian Howell was interviewed for an article in the Marin Independent Journal.
Read the article
Ian Howell was mentioned in The Oregonian in a review of his February 17th performance with the Portland Baroque Orchestra
Ian Howell stepped in for an indisposed David Walker to sing three performances of Messiah in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. Kent Tritle conducted the first performance (12/18/08) with The Oratorio Society of New York and the following two performances (12/19, 21/08) with Music Sacra.