Friday, December 9, 2022 | 8PM | Hill Auditorium | co-sponsored by Bank of Ann arbor and Tom & Debby McMullen
Friday, December 9, 2022 | 8PM | Hill Auditorium
Jayce Ogren, conductor
with special guests Measure for Measure, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, and members of the Huron and Pioneer HS Choirs
Program highlights include:
Anderson Sleigh Ride; A Christmas Festival
Amundson Angel’s Dance
Williams ‘Somewhere in My Memory’ from Home Alone
Tchaikovsky Selections from The Nutcracker
Miller & Jackson, arr. Hayes Let There Be Peace on Earth
Snyder Holiday Sing Along
…and much more!
Jayce Ogren, CONDUCTOR
Jayce Ogren has established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile conductors of his generation. From symphonic concerts to revolutionary community service programs to operatic world premieres, he is a leader in breaking down barriers between audiences and great music.
Mr. Ogren is Music Director of the Monterey Symphony in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, where he conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, Contemporary Directions Ensemble and the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he serves as Principal Guest Conductor of Philadelphia’s new music ensemble Orchestra 2001.
In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Ogren will lead the Dallas, Detroit and Oregon symphonies, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Symphony San Jose and Westchester Philharmonic, among others. In January 2023 he will conduct a two concert tribute to the life, work and influence of George Crumb, to be presented by the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra.
Mr. Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, an appointment he held from 2006-2009. In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Among the numerous progressive projects Mr. Ogren has conducted are Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; 30th anniversary performances of Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark with Orchestra 2001; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
For over a decade, Mr. Ogren has been closely associated with the Leonard Bernstein Office, conducting the New York premiere of Bernstein’s only opera, A Quiet Place, at Lincoln Center; the European premiere of the film with live orchestra version of West Side Story at London’s Royal Albert Hall; and the world premieres of new orchestrations of Fancy Free and Dybbuk with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble.
A longtime collaborator of singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright, Mr. Ogren conducted the U.S. premiere of his opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Scandinavian premiere at the Royal Swedish Opera, and led its recording with the BBC Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Ogren and Mr. Wainwright have since appeared together throughout the world, with ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in Paris and the Toronto Symphony.
A devoted educator, Mr. Ogren was invited by renowned poet Paul Muldoon to create an interdisciplinary studio class at Princeton University for the 2017-2018 academic year. He has worked with students at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West and Verbier Festival. In 2016, he presented a unique workshop in orchestral rehearsal techniques for music teachers at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and the Juilliard School Pre-College division.
As a composer, Mr. Ogren has received commissions from ensembles throughout the United States. His Symphonies of Gaia for symphonic wind ensemble has been performed extensively throughout the world, and is published by C. Alan Publications.
Jayce Ogren holds degrees from St. Olaf College, New England Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar with Alan Gilbert and Jorma Panula. His wife, Carly Berger Ogren, is an architect, and together they have an adventurous 4 year old son, Alistair. An avid athlete, he has competed in the Big Sur, Boston and New York City marathons, the JFK 50 Miler trail run, and the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. As an individual member of 1% for the Planet, Mr. Ogren is proud to connect his artistic work with his deep love of nature and concern for the environment.
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure’s vision is to be a premier choral group that entertains and inspires increasingly large and diverse audiences by performing a broad range of music composed and arranged for male voices. The men of Measure for Measure embrace the belief that singing is for a lifetime and that it will serve as a source of inspiration for young singers to carry on the tradition of male choral singing that brings joy to both performer and listener.
Measure for Measure was founded in 1988 by five alumni of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, to provide an opportunity for men to perform music composed and arranged for male chorus. Under the leadership of its founding conductor, Dr. Leonard L. Riccinto, Measure for Measure debuted with seventeen singers in April 1989.
Measure for Measure has appeared at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc, and the International Male Choral Symposium. Measure for Measure collaborates annually with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and has also enjoyed performances with the Detroit, Flint, Oakland, Plymouth, Rochester, and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestras. Measure for Measure has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and collaborated with acclaimed soloists including George Shirley, Ara Berberian, Glenda Kirkland, and Jennifer Larson.
The men of Measure for Measure embrace the belief that singing is for a lifetime, and every season hold concerts that encourage young men to continue singing. Measure for Measure’s efforts to promote male choral singing have led to collaborations with the men’s choruses from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Azusa Pacific University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Grand Valley State University, Miami University (OH), and Ohio University, among others.
Measure for Measure has performed several benefit concerts for charitable organizations including Dawn Farm, Hope Clinic, United Way, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Pontiac, Mott’s Children’s Hospital, Save-A-Heart Foundation, Saline Area Social Services, Eastern Michigan University music department scholarships, Branch United Youth Choir, and a project sponsored by the Livingston Arts Council to restore the Howell Opera House.
Ann Arbor Youth Chorale
The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale is delighted to return to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert this year. Now in its 35th year, the organization’s mission is to teach and perform great choral literature from a variety of cultures, styles, and musical periods. AAYC consists of two choirs representing graduated levels of vocal ability and experience, with approximately 65 singers from Washtenaw and neighboring counties. Choir members are between nine and 17 years old and represent diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Both of AAYC’s ensembles are dedicated to excellent musicianship and age-appropriate musical and vocal skills development. Along with their own Winter and Spring concerts, the AAYC often appears with distinguished performing arts organizations including the Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Flint Symphony Orchestras. Last season, members of AAYC were invited by the Ann Arbor-based University Musical Society to participate with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in her acclaimed EDEN project in both Ann Arbor and Chicago.
SEE YOU AT THE SYMPHONY!