Wednesday, 17 July, starting at 3:00 pm, Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street, Beacon Hill (Boston), the SONS OF LIBERTY FESTIVAL presents "TIL THERE WAS YOU" featuring Jennifer Woodward, soprano; James Dargan, baritone; and Christopher Orzech, piano. Solos and duets from opera and musical theater, including some of your favorites. |
Jennifer Woodward, originally from Charleston, South Carolina is a young soprano who is praised for being "very gifted vocalist and teacher" as well as, an emotive singer with powerful performances. Jennifer has been heard in such award winning ensembles as Savoyard Light Opera's Music Man, DASH nominated for Best Stage Production and Lowell House Opera's Tosca, third place winner of the 2011 American Prize in Opera Performance. In 2010, Ms. Woodward joined the Key West Symphony Young Artist Program for the role of Sister Genovieffa and was selected as a Select Auditioner for the Boston Singers Resource Fall Auditions. As a soloist, she has sung with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and members of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 Ms. Woodward traveled to Asolo, Italy and performed in the Asolo Art song Festival. She went on numerous European tours with St. Phillips Episcopal Church and recorded two CDs with them. She has been heard at the Notre Dame Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral. In 2012, Jennifer began work with Sub 7 and the Undead and their rock opera, Awaken the Night. The new CD is scheduled for release in the Summer/ Fall of 2013. For more information about upcoming performances, or her music studio, Bella Diva Studio please visit: www.jennifer woodwardsoprano.com and www. Belladivastudio.com. For more information of the band Sub 7 and the Undead please visit: www.sub7andtheundead.com
James Dargan is in increasingly great demand as a baritone opera singer, concert soloist, and recitalist, and has been credited with "conversational flair" and a "creamy, rich quality" of voice. After degrees in literature, religion, and musicology from Boston and Leeds Universities, and a stint as a choral scholar at York Minster Cathedral (UK), James received voice lessons from Dr. Jerrold Pope and Liz Anker, and participated in masterclasses given by Lynn Torgove, Karyl Ryzcek, and Sondra Kelly; he has sung roles with Lowell House Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Helios Early Opera, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, Greater Worcester Opera, and OperaHub, and presented recitals at King's Chapel and St John's Episcopal Church, JP, as well as a recent recital debut at Trinity Cathedral in Miami. James also sings frequently at The Church of the Advent, is a new member of Emmanuel Music, a new addition to the roster of Boston Baroque, and is also a founding member of XBE, and a soloist and section member of The Cantata Singers. As a violinist, James has had extensive training and experience in early music, improvisation, and all eras of chamber music; he has worked closely with Judy Tarling, Nicholas Kitchen, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet; he has performed in venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Boston's Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, and Carnegie Hall; and premiered pieces by T.J. Anderson, Rodney Lister, and Penka Kouneva. In the fall of 2013, James will become a full time member of the professional choir of The Church of the Advent.
Pianist Christopher M. Orzech has been a frequent soloist and collaborator throughout the eastern United States, has given concerts in France, Germany and England. This past summer, Mr. Orzech gave performances in Istanbul, Turkey, including a recital at the Irmak Okulları Kültür Merkezi. Recent solo recitals have included Franck's Prélude, Chorale and Fugue, Brahms's Variations on an Original Theme and Beethoven's Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110. Mr. Orzech has accompanied numerous instrumentalists and vocalists and is an avid performer of chamber music. In the summer of 2011 at the festival Longy in the Berkshires, he played two works by Schumann: the Piano Quintet, Op. 44 and Frauenliebe und Leben, a set of eight songs, of which The Boston Musical Intelligencer noted, "Orzech's accompaniment was sensitive to both the singer and the text, and was a treat to hear." Mr. Orzech also appears frequently with the Boston New Music Initiative, and is a founding member of Animus Ensemble: Clarinet. Viola. Piano.
As an active private teacher, Mr. Orzech is centered in the Boston area, but has also taught overseas, most recently in Istanbul, Turkey at the Arsu Academy of Fine Arts (Arsu Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi), where taught and gave masterclasses. Upon the completion of the Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Longy School of Music, Mr. Orzech was the recipient of the Mary Ellis Smith Prize, one of the school's highest honors, given to those who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and the transformational power of music to make a difference in the world. He attended the Pennsylvania State University for his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, during which time he received honors such as the Eleanor Beene Performance Scholarship. Mr. Orzech has worked closely with double Grammy Award winner, Dr. Christopher Kiver, accompanying several choral ensembles during his undergraduate studies. His past teachers include Dr. Steven Smith and Marylène Dosse, and he has performed in master-classes for acclaimed pianists such as Boris Slutsky, Enrico Elisi and Orion Weiss, among others. He is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in the Boston area, studying with Dr. Hugh Hinton.
Church on the Hill (View)
140 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02108
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