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Saturday, 20 July, starting at 7:30 pm, Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street, Beacon Hill (Boston), the SONS OF LIBERTY FESTIVAL presents "COUNTERTENOR CABARET" featuring songs by Ari Frankel, JJ Hollingsworth, and Scott Wheeler.  Von Bringhurst and Yakov Zamir, countertenors with Christopher Orzech, piano. Ari Frankel will play keyboard in the performance of his songs.

From opera to jazz, from theater to dance, composer/librettist/producer Ari Frankel's works have gained kudos worldwide, including The Bourges Festival, SummerStage at Central Park and The International Film & TV Festival of New York.  He has composed for William H. Macy at The Atlantic Theater, Susan Batson and Elizabeth Kemp at The Actors Studio, for John Kelly & Company, Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Fiona Shaw, Tai Dang, and many others. Film soundtracks include Robert Redford and Michael Apted's Incident At Oglala, Crows, Tel Aviv Stories, and several NHK HD specials, including Passage To Vietnam, Doctors Without Frontiers, and Inside The White House. Yakov met Ari at a concert featuring the German countertenor Andreas Scholl, and there they spoke of songs written for countertenor and this program was hatched.

JJ Hollingsworth has over 20 years experience in composing and producing music in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After graduating with a Masters Degree in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Elinor Armer, Ms. Hollingsworth founded New Release Alliance (later called California Composers Consortium) and Film Composers Alliance in 1987.  She was also an original founder of New Music Bay Area formerly known as 20th Century Forum.)  Ms. Hollingsworth has composed over 120 works in a variety of genres including symphonic, choral, chamber music, musical theater, cabaret and film score.  She has also championed the works of her fellow composers by facilitating the premiere of over 130 works by over 30 different composers in the last 20 years.  Her music has been brought to listeners by the very best in the San Francisco Bay Area including members of the San
Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, The Bay Brass, Sonos Handbell Ensemble, The Women's Philharmonic, Symphony Parnassus, Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites, The Sierra String Quartet, Citywinds, The Onyx String Quartet, The Sanford Dole Ensemble, The Ariel Chamber Players, The San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, Not Quite Opera, The San Francisco Cabaret Opera Company and many others. Her most recent accolade is a composer-in-residence position at Temple United Methodist Church made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum.  Yakov met JJ at San Francisco Conservatory in 1986, and JJ like the peculiar quality of his voice so she wrote a piece for flute, piano and countertenor.  When he spoke to her about this project, she had cabaret songs ready from prime time.

Scott Wheeler has received commissions and performances from the orchestras of Minnesota, Houston, Toledo and Indianapolis, as well as New York City Opera, sopranos Renée Fleming and Lauren Flanigan, baritone Sanford Sylvan, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Scott Wheeler's opera Democracy: An American Comedy, on a libretto of Romulus Linney, was commissioned and premiered by the Washington National Opera. His chamber symphony City of Shadows was commissioned by Kent Nagano and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin and premiered by them on a portrait concert of the music of Scott Wheeler at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie.  Scott Wheeler's most recent commission is for an opera for the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. Other current and recent commissions include the Mirror Visions Ensemble, Boston Cecilia, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the ASCAP Foundation, the Barlow Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild.

There are two recordings of Scott Wheeler's music on the Naxos American Classics series. The latest of these is a CD of songs for voice and piano, entitled Wasting the Night. The first Naxos disc is of the one-act opera The Construction of Boston. The Gramercy Trio and friends have recorded a disc of Scott's music for strings and piano on Newport Classic. Other recordings are available on GM, New World, Bridge and other labels.

As a conductor, Scott Wheeler has appeared with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, the Chamber Ensemble of St. Luke's in New York, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and Dinosaur Annex. His conducting can be heard on the Bridge, CRI, Capstone and Newport Classic labels. At Emerson College, Wheeler has also conducted productions of the musical theatre works of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and many others.  Scott Wheeler studied at Amherst College, New England Conservatory and Brandeis University; his principal teachers were Lewis Spratlan and Arthur Berger. He pursued further study at the Tanglewood Music Center (with Olivier Messiaen), the Dartington School (with Peter Maxwell Davies) and privately with Virgil Thomson. He teaches at Emerson College in Boston, where he co-directs the BFA program in musical theatre. He is a founding member of the new-music ensemble Dinosaur Annex.  He has received awards and commissions from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Koussevitsky Foundation (2), the Fromm Foundation (2), Tanglewood, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (3), the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2), Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as the Stoeger Prize for excellence in chamber music from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He was a Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin in 2007. He is the 2010 recipient of the Composer of the Year Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.  Scott Wheeler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virgil Thomson Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Bogliasco Foundation, a member of the Education Board of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, a director of Antilever Press, and Composer in Residence with Boston Cecilia.  Yakov met Scott at Andreas Scholl's recital, where he also met Ari Frankel.

Von Bringhurst (countertenor) recently completed a two year Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. He is a native of Pocatello, Idaho, where he also attended Idaho State University. In Idaho, he has been a soloist with the annual Messiah Sing-In and was a soloist with the Camerata Singers of Pocatello, Idaho. He has toured to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Peru with his college Chamber Choir, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music with Honors in 2009.Von worked as Music Director for the Opera House Theater Company in Philipsburg, MT in the 2008 season and was Music Director and Cremona Player for the Illustrious Virginia City Players of Virginia City, MT for their 2010 season. He sings with the choir of St. Paul's Cathedral in Cambridge for the 2012-2013 season. Von performed with Metro Stage Company's production of Chicago in October 2011, the Video Game Orchestra in 2011 and 2012, and as part of the Iberica Early Music Festival in August 2012.  

Yakov Zamir (countertenor) received his vocal training in New York City, and at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatories of Music.  He has performed with orchestras, choirs and in concert series throughout the United States, including at Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in Missouri, and twice with the San Diego Symphony.  Yakov appeared with most of the orchestras and other instrumental and choral ensembles in Israel. He has also performed in six cities in India; on the stage of an ancient Greek amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus; in the Langholtskirkju in Reykavik, Iceland; and at Covent Garden Opera House in London.  Since May 2008, Yakov produced and performed in seven concerts devoted to the songs of Robert Schumann in 2010, and seven concerts devoted to the songs and solo piano works of Franz Liszt in 2010-2011.  In August 2012, Yakov co-produced and sang in the Iberica Early Music Festival.
Christopher M. Orzech (pianist) 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' 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 master-classes.  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. 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 is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in the Boston area, studying with Dr. Hugh Hinton.
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Church on the Hill (View)
140 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02116
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