Mozart Great Mass in C minor, K. 427 and Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
January 16, 2016, 8pm
Littleton High School.
is one of the area’s finest accompanists, adept at all styles of music from classical to pop and everything in between. He has been working with the Nashoba Valley Chorale on and off since the late 1990s, and is a staff accompanist at Indian Hill Music in Littleton, MA. In addition to his work as an accompanist, Shawn is active as a church music director and solo performer on both piano and organ.
Since 1995, Shawn has been the Director of Music for the First Parish Church of Groton where he manages an active music program including three choirs of various age groups. He is a Credentialed Unitarian Universalist Music Leader and serves on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network.
Shawn received his Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and in Music Theory / Composition from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he studied under Inge Lindblad and Juanita Tsu. He lives in Pepperell, MA with his wife, Monica, and son Liam.
Soprano Deborah Selig
has earned critical acclaim for her rich shimmering voice, her excellent artistic instincts, and her fine execution of the lyric soprano repertoire. Ms. Selig has performed leading operatic roles with a number of US companies including Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Roanoke, Mobile Opera, and Connecticut Lyric Opera. In concert, she has soloed with Albany Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cincinnati Baroque, Cincinnati Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Fairbanks Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Handel and Haydn Society, Kentucky Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. Chamber music appearances have included song recitals with Cotuit Center for the Arts, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York, Goethe Institut in Boston, Goshen College Music Series, the Ravinia Steans Institute chamber music tour and the University of Wyoming Cultural Programs Series. http://www.deborahselig.com
Mezzo-soprano Donna Breitzer recently joined the Extra Chorus roster of the Metropolitan Opera for two productions in the 2014-2015 season, and will return to the Met this winter for Cavalleria Rusticana. Recent performance highlights include recitals for the American Society of Jewish Music and the Art Song at Old Stone House series in Brooklyn, NY, as well as solo concert appearances with the Western Wind Ensemble, the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music/Arts at Old First. An active ensemble singer, Donna performs regularly with top professional groups alongside distinguished orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra and American Classical Orchestra, among others. From 2010-2012 Donna sang as a Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera, garnering praise from The New York Times for her performance as Assunta in The Saint of Bleecker Street. She has participated as an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, spent two summers at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and has also performed with American Lyric Theater, dell’Arte Opera, Opera Manhattan, Opera Providence, American Repertory Theater (Boston, MA) and the Encore Theatre Company in Jerusalem. Originally from Saratoga, CA, Donna received BMus/BA degrees in Voice Performance and English from the University of Michigan, and holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory. She maintains a private voice studio in New York City and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, a chamber music presenting organization in NYC. She currently resides in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn with her husband, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, and their sons Jonah and Gideon. More info at www.donnabreitzer.com
Praised for his fine musicality, “glowing intensity,” and “clarion tone,” Gregory Zavracky maintains an active performance schedule on concert and opera stages alike. Recent engagements include the Officer in The Barber of Seville with Boston Lyric Opera, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera, Tamino in Boston Lyric Opera’s family production of The Magic Flute, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with Lake George Opera, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and Camille in The Merry Widow with Cape Cod Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights in Houston, Lechmere in Owen Wingrave with Boston University Opera Institute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Metrowest Opera, Face on the Barroom Floor with Charleston Chamber Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Capitol Heights Lyric Opera, and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress and Schmidt in Werther with Chautauqua Opera, where he also covered Nemorino in the Elixir of Love.
Jorgeandrés Camargo, Bass-Baritone, is a native of Houston, Texas. He received a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from Boston University. He is continuing his work with Dr. Jerrold Pope while in his second year with the Boston University Opera Institute.
Last season Mr. Camargo was Gus O’Neill in Musto’s Later the Same Evening, Roy Cohn in Angels in America and Pandolph in Massanet’s Cendrillon. In 2014 Mr. Camargo was a Marcello Giordani Young Artist with Crested Butte Music Festival, where he covered Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He was also the cover for Beethoven/Commendatore in Steven Stucky’s new opera The Classical Style with Ojai Music Festival. Other roles include Prophet/King in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Capitán in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Leporello in Don Giovanni all with Boston University, Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Bartolo & Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Breve, as well as Geronimo in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto and Kecal in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, both with Eastman Opera Theatre under the baton of Benton Hess.
Verdi Messa da Requiem, April 23, 2016.
Celeste Fraser, soprano
Erica Brookhyser, mezzo-soprano
John David Nevergall, tenor
Dana Whiteside, bass
Symphony New Hampshire, Anne Watson Born conducting.
Rehearsals begin Monday September 14, 2015 at First Baptist Church on Littleton Common.
All singers are welcome!