Master Chorale: Light of the Midnight Sun
Imagine a place with snow-clad mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, colorful volcanoes, monumental fjords, blue glaciers, and vast forests. Adding to the drama are vivid seasons ranging from frozen dark winters with stunning northern lights to summers with the ever present light of the midnight sun.
Join us for two free choral concerts that will transport your mind to the spectacular Nordic landscape. Set in beautiful acoustic venues, the program will feature music by Ola Gjeilo, Kim Arnesen, and Jake Runestad with piano and string quartet.
These two "Light of the Midnight Sun" concerts will be the last programs conducted by Dr. James K. Bass, as our Music & Artistic Director. Your presence will help make these events a beautiful capstone to his tenure with The Master Chorale.
This concert will not have an intermission and will last approximately an hour and twenty minutes.
The Light of the Midnight Sun concert repertoire will be studio recorded for future CD release. CD Pre-Orders will be available at the concert.
James K. Bass, Grammy nominated singer and conductor, is the Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the Artistic Director of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. At USF he conducts the University Chamber Singers, Collegium and the Collegiate Singers, in addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, philosophy, and literature. Previously he was on the faculty at Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Bass received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of MiamiFlorida, where he was a doctoral fellow, Master of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay:
Praised by music critics from both the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Tribune, as "one of the country's finest choirs," an amazing instrument, and a cultural treasure, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has consistently delivered some of the most profoundly moving music performances in the area.
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, under the direction of Music and Artistic Director Dr. James K. Bass, is an auditioned, highly select 150-voice volunteer chorus embracing a broad representation of singers from the entire Tampa Bay area. Recognized as the premier choral ensemble in Tampa Bay, and one of the countrys finest choirs, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has a decades-long tradition of elevating the cultural experience of the Tampa Bay community. Furthermore, with internationally distributed recordings and important commissions from contemporary compositional powerhouses, the Chorale is consistently advancing the needle in our industry.
Teresa Ancaya is an active piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance with a minor in Spanish from the University of South Florida. She did post-graduate study in piano accompaniment in Austria. Currently she serves as an accompanist for the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Opera Company, Patel Conservatory, Opera Tampa, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Chorale and plays for various schools in the Tampa Bay area. Teresa has been newly appointed as the accompanist for The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers, a smaller hand-picked choir from members of The Master Chorale.
Thien Truc Nguyen, violin, is a top tier student at University of South Floridas School of Music, pursuing of a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Violin Performance under the direction of USFs Professor of Violin, Carolyn Stuart. Previously, Thien Truc received the violin performance degree cum laude from the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music in her native Vietnam. As a soloist there, Thien Truc was invited to perform for the B.A.C.H. School of Music concert series, The Piano Sings, in addition to being featured on several nationally acclaimed television stations. An avid chamber musician, Thien Truc has spent this past summer performing chamber music with musicians from all over the world at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. Additionally, Thien Truc has performed with the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Opera, and currently plays in the USF Symphony Orchestra, and is a substitute violinist for The Gainesville and Ocala Symphony Orchestras.
Lindsey Jones, violin, is a Master's Degree student in Violin Performance at the University of South Florida, studying with Carolyn Stuart. She is originally from Connecticut and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance at Western Connecticut State University, in the studio of Eric Lewis. Lindsey is an active free-lance musician and chamber musician. She serves as the Secretary of the New Music Consortium at USF as well as the Director of the Honors College Orchestra. She has previously attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and participated in conferences with the Manhattan String Quartet at Colgate University, in Budapest, Hungary and in Leipzig, Germany. Also, she has studied in Florence, Italy at the Institute for International Studies at Palazzo Rucellai. She is participating in the Brancaleoni Festival this coming summer in Piobbico, Italy.
Rafael Ramirez, viola, founder of Music Educational Tools, was born in Caracas- Venezuela, where he began musical studies through El Sistema (famous Venezuelan music program) in 1992. After immigrating to the United States, he studied at the New World School for the Arts/University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor degree with Honors. Rafael Ramirez holds a Master Degree from Florida International University, an Artist Diploma and a Doctoral in Musical Arts from University of Miami.
As a music educator and active performer, Dr. Ramirez has created didactic tools to aid string performers to acquire the necessary skills to develop technique.
Michael Amos, violincello, is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of South Floridas School of Music, pursuing of a Masters of Music with a concentration in Cello Performance under the direction of USFs Professor of Cello, Scott Kluksdahl. An avid chamber musician, Michael has spent the past several summers performing chamber music with young artists from all over the world at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire. Michael is an active cellist in the bay area, and has been a featured soloist with both the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Michael currently plays in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, The Gainesville Orchestra, and is a substitute cellist for The Florida Orchestra.
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