Bernstein the Humanitarian (Bass Soloist); Cathedral Choral Society
05.20.18 |Washington National Cathedral
Mass in Time of War, Mass in C Major: Bass Soloist; Haydn
Symphony No. 9 (IV. Presto, "Choral"): Bass Soloist; Beethoven
May 20, 2018 l 4:00 pm
Cathedral Choral Society
Conductor: Lawrence Loh
Leonard Bernstein was an active advocate for peace and nuclear disarmament throughout his life. Through music, video, photos, and spoken word, we honor Bernstein, the humanitarian.
On Friday, January 19, 1973, the eve of Richard Nixon’s second inauguration, Bernstein conducted “A Concert for Peace" at Washington National Cathedral. The piece was Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. The concert began at 9:00 pm – the exact time that inaugural concerts were scheduled to begin at the Kennedy Center. Bernstein and the Cathedral staff welcomed an overflowing audience of nearly 18,000 people in the building and on the lawn. The concert was a plea for peace in a turbulent time.
Soprano: Alexandra Loutsion
Tenor: William Davenport
Bass: Reginald Smith, Jr.
Rigoletto: Monterone; Portland Opera
05.04.18 to 05.12.18 |Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR US
Rigoletto: Monterone; Giuseppe Verdi
4, 6, 10, 12 May 2018
One fateful day, the course of Rigoletto’s life changes forever. The jester, Rigoletto, is a clown in public, but in private he is a doting father. However, when a father defending the honor of his daughter puts a curse on the court jester, comedy turns to tragedy.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony: Bass Soloist; National Chorale
04.13.18 |David Geffen Hall- Lincoln Center
New York City, NY US
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
April 13, 2018
Conductor: Everett McCorvey
Celebrate National Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center
Join the National Chorale as we culminate our 50th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center with Beethoven's magnificent Symphony No. 9. The Symphony No. 9 is in the traditional 4-movement form, but there is nothing traditional about the work’s size and complexity or the unexpected addition of a chorus to the final movement. The last movement recapitulates themes from the first three, making it a small symphony in itself, and the inspired setting of parts of Schiller’s Ode to Joy make it marvelously unique in the symphonic literature.
Fellow Travelers: Senator Charles Potter/General Airlie/Bartender; Lyric Opera of Chicago
03.17.18 to 03.25.18 |Athenaeum Theatre
Chicago, IL US
Fellow Travelers: Senator Charles Potter/General Airlie/Bartender; Gregory Spears
17, 21, 23, 25 March 2018
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Director: Kevin Newbury
At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job—and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller—an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
Lyric Opera is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this work, which was praised as “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama" by The New York Times in its 2016 world premiere. The Wall Street Journal raved, “Mr. Spears’s subtle, lyrical music is beautiful without being obvious or sentimental…Kevin Newbury’s directing, particularly of the love scenes, was as honest and touching as the opera."
Opera in Concert: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Jake)
02.17.18 |Hill Auditorium- University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI US
Porgy and Bess: Jake; George and Ira Gershwin
February 18, 2018 l 7:30 pm
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Choruses
University Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
UMS and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) presents the U-M Gershwin Initiative’s research discoveries into this landmark score. Porgy and Bess is without rival as the most famous 20th-century American opera. Since its 1935 debut, this story of a disabled beggar transformed by the unexpected love of Bess has been performed worldwide and features such well-known songs as “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’," “My Man’s Gone Now," “Summertime," and “It Ain’t Necessarily So." In addition to the concert, UMS and SMTD will host related symposia and other educational activities as part of an ongoing scholarly examination of the art of George and Ira Gershwin.
Porgy: Morris Robinson
Bess: Talise Trevigne
Crown: Norman Garrett
Sporting Life: Chauncey Packer
Clara: Janai Brugger
Jake: Reginald Smith, Jr.
Serena: Michelle Bradley
Maria: Rehanna Thelwell
L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers): Taddeo; Opera Memphis
02.02.18 to 02.03.18 |Germantown Performing Arts Center
Memphis, TN US
The Italian Girl in Algiers: Taddeo; Gioachino Rossini
Friday, February 2, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Conductor: Michael Sakir
Stage Director: Ned Canty
Mustafà, Bey of Algiers, wants to marry Isabella, but Isabella wants to marry Lindoro, whom she came all the way to Algiers to rescue. Lindoro wants to marry Isabella too, but Lindoro is engaged to Elvira, who used to be married to Mustafà, who bought Lindoro from the pirates who kidnapped him. This mess of love triangles is all by Mustafà’s design, and the rest of the characters will do anything to avoid their fates. It's up to our Italian Girl to sort it all out.
Isabella: Nikola Printz
Lindoro: Norman Shankle
Taddeo: Reginald Smith, Jr.
Elvira: Chelsea Miller
Haly: Dale Dewood
Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops: Guest Soloist/Narrator; Dallas Symphony Orchestra
12.01.17 to 12.17.17 |Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, TX US
Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops
1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 December 2017
Dallas Symphony Chorus (Director: Joshua Habermann)
Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
(Directors: Cynthia Nott/Terrie Preskitt-Brown)
Lawrence Loh, Conductor
Your holidays won't be complete without the DSO's annual Christmas Pops concert featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus and everyone's favorites including Sleigh Ride and 12 Days of Christmas.
"There's not likely to be a higher quality performance of traditional Christmas favorites than that offered by the Dallas Symphony." Theater Jones
Mendelssohn’s “Elijah": Elijah; Lexington Singers
11.17.17 |Singletary Center for the Arts
Lexington, KY US
Elijah: Elijah; Felix Mendelssohn
November 17, 2017 l 7:30 pm
University of Kentucky Chorale
Jefferson Johnson, Conductor
Join us for an historical celebration of Kentucky’s beautiful and vibrant classical musical heritage. The often lauded oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn will be performed with dedication and care by our Singers. Joining them onstage will be a full, professional orchestra and hometown legend and Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Grand Finals winner, Reginald Smith, Jr.
Aida: Amonasro; Opera Hong Kong
10.10.17 to 10.14.17 |GRAND THEATRE, HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE
Hong Kong, CN
Aida: Amonasro; Giuseppe Verdi
10, 12, 14 October 2017
Conductor: Xu Zhong
Stage Director & Set Designer: Jean Louis Grinda
Opera Hong Kong brings all the drama and pageantry of Verdi’s most famous opera to the majestic stage of the Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre with a star-studded international cast which includes two of the opera world’s reigning Aidas. Princess Aida is, due to war and bad fortune, a slave. She shares a secret love with Radamès, Egypt’s leading warrior and hero. But Ramadès has been betrothed to the powerful and extremely jealous Princess Amneris. A timeless story of the conflicting duties of love and patriotism, Aida with its spectacle and soaring music, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.
Aida: He Hui (10 Oct)/ Kristin Lewis (11, 13, 15 Oct)/ Marjorie Owens (12, 14 Oct)
Radames: Riccardi Massi */ Najmiddin Mavlyanov^
Amneris: Violeta Urmana* / Nino Surguladze^
Amonasro, King of Ethiopia: Reginald Smith Jr */ Sun Li^
Ramfis, High Priest: Hao Jiang Tian */ Paul Gay^
King of Egypt: Igor Durlovski* / Freddie Tong^
Performance Dates: * 10, 12, 14 Oct | ^ 11, 13, 15 Oct
Ode to Canada (Bass Soloist, Beethoven's 9th Symphony); Windsor Symphony Orchestra
09.23.17 |The Capitol - Pentastar Theatre
Windsor, Ontario CA
Ode to Canada
(Beethoven's 9th Symphony: Bass Soloist)
September 23, 2017 l 8:00 pm
Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Robert Franz, Conductor
A celebration of our country and our region! The concert opens with Fanfare by Jordan Pal, composed for Canada 150. Excerpts from Because We All Lived Here, a poetry collection that tells the stories of the towns and districts that now make up Windsor, will be read between movements of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn. The celebration concludes as more than 150 chorus members and four outstanding soloists join the WSO for Beethoven’s monumental Symphony no. 9.