Spring Chorus Concert: Songs of Peace and Remembrance
Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25, 2014
7:30pm on Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday
Tickets $30 adults, $5 youth
The MIM Chorus and Orchestra and soloists present the dramatic R. Vaughn Williams Dona Nobis Pacem plus the debut of the first Apprentice Musician Project.
The MIM Chorus is joined by Musical Art Quintet, members of the MIM Orchestra and guest soloists Carrie Hennessey and Joel Wiggett in a program celebrating peace and peacemakers past and present, with a musical eulogy to Nelson Mandela. This concert will also debut the first project of the Apprentice Musician Project (AMP), a collaborative ensemble between MIM, the local music teaching community and their students.
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY- Andante Catabile from Quartet No. 1, Opus 11
GEORGE FREDRICK MCKAY- Port Royal 1861
AMY DUNKER- South Africa Sings
JOSH RIST- Invictus
FRANK TICHEL- There Will Be Rest
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS- Dona Nobis Pacem
Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, soprano Carrie Hennessey is a powerful and talented artist. She has performed with several California Opera Companies and her career has taken her to appearances in Europe and various American cities. Ms. Hennessey’s enthusiasm, in both choral workshops and concert appearances with MIM, has endeared her to the MIM Chorus, with many giving her the title of “my teacher” as they pursue private lessons with her.
Ms. Hennessey’s embodiment of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Emmelineearned her a nomination in the 2010 Bay Area Broadway World Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local). She brought “exquisite vocal purity and range to the title role” and was “nothing short of sensational”. With West Bay Opera as Mimì in La Bohème, she was said to be “..possessed of a full, powerful lyric soprano, which delivers Puccini’s arias and duets richly. Her “Mi chiamano Mimì” (Yes, they call me Mimì) in Act 1 is gorgeous”. On only one day’s notice, Ms. Hennessey made her debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, to great acclaim.
Joe Wiggett is the former Director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, Musical Director of Opera Workshop and currently a Professor of Voice at California State University, Stanislaus where he maintains an extremely active Applied Voice studio in addition to his teaching duties in Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction and Vocal Literature and Opera Workshop. In 2008, Joe became the Artistic Director and Stage Director of Townsend Opera of Modesto, for which, he produces operatic productions at the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts. In 2012, he was awarded the Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award for Excellence in Music. Accompanying the award were commendations from the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate and California Legislature, the City of Modesto and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the Arts and Culture.”