Oratorio Society of New York Unveils 2022-23 Season

By Afton Wooten

The Oratorio Society of New York has announced its 2022-23 season.

All performances under the baton of the society’s Musical Director Kent Tritle will take place at in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

The season opens with the world premiere by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s new work “A Nation of Others.” The score explores the experiences of immigrants focusing on the many refugees who arrived at Ellis Island on a single day in 1921. Included in the work is Robert Paterson’s “quasi-fantasia” from “Whitman’s America.”

Featured soloists are sopranos Susanna Phillips and Maeve Höglund, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, tenor Martin Bakari, baritone Steven Eddy, and bass-baritone Joseph Beutel.

Performance Date: November 15, 2022

New York City’s holiday tradition of Händel’s “Messiah” returns for the 147th annual performance. Soprano Maria Brea, contralto Heather Petrie, tenor Joshua Blue, and baritone Jesse Blumberg are the soloists.

“I am delighted to direct the Oratorio Society of New York in this year’s performance of Händel’s ‘Messiah!’” said Tritle in an official press statement issued by the company. “We have managed to continue our unbroken tradition of presenting Messiah through the past years, and this year’s rendition will be especially poignant as we return to the presentation of all three monumental parts of this beloved work! Whereas last year we presented a reduced Messiah, due to venue protocols and concerns over the Omicron virus surge, this year we expect to present the fuller version so beloved by New York audiences.”

Performance Date: December 19, 2022

Bach’s “Mass in B minor” closes the season. “Mass in B minor” is the baroque composer’s largest and most complex mass will feature soprano Emily Donato, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Brian Giebler, and baritone Sidney Outlaw baritone

Performance Date: May 8, 2022