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Program

Seligkeit

Franz Schubert

(1797-1828)

 

Stephanie Foster ’18, soprano Patrice Newman, piano

An die musik

Franz Schubert

Molly Brown 18, soprano Patrice Newman, piano

Abendempfindung

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Wolfgang A. Mozart

 

(1756-1791)

Widmung

Robert Schumann

(1810-1856)

Zueignung

Richard Strauss

(1864-1949)

Jurate Švedaite Waller, soprano Patrice Newman, piano

Ave Maria

Franz Schubert

Litanei

Franz Schubert

Maksim Ivanov Zhdanovskikh, baritone Patrice Newman, piano

Mass No. 2 in G Major, D. 167

Franz Schubert

  • I. Kyrie

II. Gloria in excelsis Deo III. Credo in unum Deum IV. Sanctus

  • V. Benedictus

VI. Agnus Dei

Camel Heard Wendy Moy, conductor Patrice Newman, piano Gene Stenger, tenor Jurate Švedaite Waller, soprano Maksim Ivanov Zhdanovskikh, baritone

Reception following in Blaustein.

CAMEL HEARD PERSONNEL

Soprano

Molly Brown ‘18

Alto

Camille Iorio ‘19

Stephanie Foster ‘18 Dara Feldman ‘18

Rachel Glasser ‘19

Tenor

Sam Girioni ‘19

Bass

Gerard Lanzano ‘17

Christian Vazquez ‘19 Justin Winokur ‘18

Connor Wu ‘17

BIOS

Praised for “effortlessly mastering the many coloratura embellishments in his arias…” (Bergsträsser Anzeiger), and his “sweet vibrancy” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), tenor Gene Stenger has received both national and international acclaim for his singing. A specialist in the oratorio repertoire of J.S. Bach, and G.F. Handel, Gene sings with elegant conviction, and effortless ability, primarily in his high register.

Mr. Stenger recently completed an international tour in England with the Yale Schola Cantorum, and Juilliard 415 Ensemble as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, under the baton of David Hill. Gene’s performance as the tenor soloist included a live international radio broadcast on BBC 3 Radio. Additional recent solo oratorio engagements include the role of the Evangelist, and tenor arias in the complete work of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Colorado Bach Ensemble, the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, and the title role of Judas Maccabeus in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Yale Schola Cantorum directed by David Hill, which was featured on PBS’s program, “Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly.”

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Gene is a recent graduate of Yale University’s School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music program, where he studied with renowned tenor James Taylor, and completed a second M.M. degree in Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble. He also holds a M.M. degree in Voice Performance (Opera) from Colorado State University, and a B.M. degree in Voice Performance from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.

Possessing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of "transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic," Lithuanian soprano Jurate Švedaite has performed throughout Europe and the United States.

Performance have been with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble "Lietuva," and Mystic River Chorale, among others, in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the Lithuanian Philharmonic and Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

Highlights of Ms. Švedaite's 2010-2011 season include starring as Tosca with Connecticut Lyric Opera, a series of New Year's Concerts with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with the Paderewski Chorus. Her previous roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Contessa in Le Nozze di

Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Marguerite in Faust, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Nedda in Pagliacci, Micaela in Carmen, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, the title role in Floyd's Susannah and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. An active performer of sacred works and oratorios as well, her credits include Monteverdi's and Vivaldi's Magnificats; Bach's Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Coffe and Peasant Cantatas as well as numerous sacred cantatas; Mozart's Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate, Solemn Vespers and Missa Brevis; Pergolessi's Stabat Mater, Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem and Faure's Requiem.

The granddaughter of one of Lithuania's most revered composers and arrangers of traditional music, Jonas Švedas, she began performing at an early age and made her recording debut at the age of twelve; also at that time, she hosted several programs for children on national television. Ms. Švedaite later attended the Lithuanian Music Academy where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees and degrees in opera performance and vocal instruction.

Baritone Maksim Ivanov Zhdanovskikh has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Providence, Mississippi Opera, Opera of New Jersey, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Salt Marsh Opera of Rhode Island, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Ash-Lawn Festival, Sanibel Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and others.

His repertoire includes over a dozen roles including Marcello and Shaunard in "La Boheme," Count Almaviva in "The Marriage of Figaro," Figaro in "Barber of Seville," Escamillo in "Carmen," Ford in "Falstaff," Sharpless in "Madama Butterfly" and Eugene Onegin among many others.

In concert Mr. Ivanov performed with with the Hartford Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony, Norwalk Symphony, Manchester Symphony, Manhattan Philharmonia Orchestra, Polish Classical Orchestra of Pila, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra and at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Arts in New York City.

He was a winner in a number of national and international vocal competitions including those held by Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Connecticut Opera Guild, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundaiton, Liderkranz Opera of New York, Shubert Theater and many others.

Dr. Ivanov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Master of Music degree from Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Connecticut College in New London.

Conductor Wendy K. Moy is the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College and Co-Artistic Director of Chorosynthesis Singers, a professional project choir based in Seattle, WA. Active as a clinician and guest conductor, she serves on

the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Board and is also the President/Co- founder of Chorosynthesis, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the culture of American choral music through the tenets of collaboration, sustainability, innovation, and excellence. Wendy is proud to be singing her first season with the professional choir, CONCORA. Wendy holds a BA in Music Education from Seattle Pacific University, a MME from Westminster Choir College, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.

Pianist Patrice Newman collaborates frequently in chamber music and art song. She has performed in concerts in the New York area including the Riverside Church, Hudson Highlands Music Festival, Peconic Chamber Orchestra, and in a Weill Recital Hall chamber music debut as a winner of the Artists International competition. Her recent CDs include Lukas Foss’ "The Prairie" and Dominick Argento’s "Jonah and the Whale" with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and The Providence Singers. In New York, she also performed frequently with the Composers Circle and Friends and Enemies of New Music. Patrice holds degrees from the Hartt School/University of Hartford and Boston University, where she won the Piano Performance Award, and also studied at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria, and in New York with pianist Grant Johannesen. She worked as a collaborative pianist at the Mannes College of Music. Patrice is also a founding artistic director of Chamber Music Mystic, a summer chamber music festival in Mystic, CT.

Acknowledgements and Special Thanks

John Anthony & Dale Wilson-Music Department Co-Chairs Jurate Svedaite Waller, Samantha Talmadge, Maksim Ivanov, Voice Faculty Nancy Zuelch-Music Department Administrative Assistant Connecticut College Sound, Lighting, and Recording Departments

Whitehall Foundation

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