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Partners in a Powerful Performance
Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
CHESTERTOWN, MD—A concert by the Washington College Chorus and String Orchestra on Saturday, November 23 will be a “monumental first” for the Music Department, says its chair Kenneth Schweitzer. The full student chorus and orchestra will collaborate with professional musicians, visiting choristers, and a guest conductor in what promises to be a powerful performance of two enduring favorites: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts.
The Washington College Chorus, directed by Doug Byerly, will perform Carmina Burana, one of the most sensational and well-known classical compositions of the 20th century. The Chorus, together with the Anne Arundel Community College Chamber Singers, will feature the acclaimed professional vocalists Madeline Miskie (soprano), Christopher Manna (tenor) and Christopher Rhodovi (baritone). In addition, pianists Grace Eun Hae Kim and Diane Kinsley, together with five percussionists—a mix of WC faculty and students and local professionals—will accompany the chorus.
Under the direction of Professor Kimberly McCollum, the Washington College String Orchestra’s performance of Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 will feature distinguished professional soloists Kimberly McCollum (violin), Lori Kesner (flute), and Diane Kinsley (piano). Guest conductor, J. Ernest Green, who serves as Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale, will lead the orchestra.
Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for WC faculty/staff, seniors, and children over 12. WC students and children 12 and under will be admitted for free.
For more information about Department of Music events, visit the department website at music.washcoll.edu.
About the performers:
Douglas Byerly (conductor) has led professional, community, and academic companies in productions of opera, operetta, and musical theater in more than 100 productions to date. Doug has over 25 years of classroom experience, having taught elementary, middle school, high school (including music magnet and arts schools) and college. In addition to teaching at Washington College, he is the Coordinator of Music and former Chair of the Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.
J. Ernest Green (conductor) is the Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland and the Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale. From 2001 through 2012, he served as a Cover Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he worked with such artists as Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. He received particular acclaim for conducting the National Symphony Orchestra for a subscription weekend with less than 20 minutes of notice after Bill Conti had to cancel.
Lori Kesner (flute) earned both doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and holds an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College. She performs regularly with the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. She has appeared with orchestras in U.S. cities that include Cincinnati, Memphis, Richmond, Binghamton and Key West, and internationally in Graz, Austria and Lucca, Italy.
Grace Eun Hae Kim (piano) is a Lecturer in Music at Washington College. She has performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the globe in notable venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Juilliard Theater, Steinway Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts and Pianofest. Kim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and a doctorate of musical arts from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
Diane Kinsley (piano) has performed and taught in the Baltimore-Washington area for nearly 20 years, accompanying rehearsals and performances of Opera Vivente, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, and Young Victorian Theater Company. She also has performed with Arundel Vocal Arts, Annapolis Symphony, New Moon Theater, and Opera Odyssey Theater. She holds a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Christopher Manna (tenor) isan Italian-American lyric tenor who recently won the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico in Turin, Italy. As part of this competition, Christopher was awarded the role of Nemorino in the comic opera L’elisir d’amore, which was sung in Turin. He also was awarded a study grant to return to Turin to help perfect the ‘bel canto’ style of performance. Manna earned his master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory.
Madeline Miskie (soprano) has performed with the Harrisburg Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, The Berkshire Opera, and the Annapolis Opera’s Outreach program. A 2007 graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Miskie earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, where she now pursues a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance.
Kimberly McCollum (violin) regularly performs with area orchestras and chamber ensembles and as a soloist throughout the Baltimore/DC region. In addition to teaching at Washington College, she is on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College and teaches in the Anne Arundel County School System. She serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and is a frequent performer with other regional orchestras such as the Annapolis Symphony and the Maryland Philharmonic. A magna cum laude graduate ofFlorida State University, she holds a master’s in performance from Boston University.
Christopher Douglas Rhodovi (baritone) has been praised for “sophisticated,” and “rich and delightful” interpretations of the American songbook and opera. A Peabody Conservatory graduate with a degree in Vocal Performance, he currently studies with Dr. John Van Cura. In 2009, Rhodovi made his solo and ensemble debut with the Washington National Opera in Peter Grimes, returning in 2010 as a soloist in the role of the Second Soldier in Richard Strauss’ Salome.