La Commedia dell’arte

Saturday, October 19, 2019―7 PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019―4 PM
Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum
Longmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Elliot Moore, conductor
Christie Conover, soprano
Joseph Gaines, tenor
Joshua South, bass

MOZART Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
MOZART Selected Arias for Soprano and Orchestra
    Porgi amor
    Dove Sono
    Deh vieni non tardar
          from Le Nozze di Figaro
    Voi Avete un cor Fedel

STRAVINSKY Pulcinella (complete ballet)

Mozart is paired with Stravinsky in Longmont Symphony’s Museum concerts,  |  article

Tickets $35, includes a complimentary glass of wine and a post-concert reception

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About Christie Conover

Soprano Christie Conover fuses a rich, warm sound, personal grace, and dramatic sincerity to create what has been called a standout performer. In the 2019-2020 season, Christie makes her role and company debut in the title character of Rusalka with Opera Steamboat. She also sings concerts with the Longmont Symphony, the Littleton Symphony, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and several house concerts with the Fine Tuned Society of Colorado, which she co-founded and is in its sixth season.

Recent seasons include lead roles with Komische Oper Berlin, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera San Jose, and concerts with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and Altius Quartet. Ms. Conover has placed at numerous competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Rocky Mountain Region), top prize with the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, the Irene Dalis Competition, the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, and the Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition. She was proud to represent her home state of Montana as a contestant in the 2007 Miss America Pageant and traveled extensively speaking to students on a platform close to her heart: “Music Makes the Difference.”

About Joseph Gaines

Recognized nationally and internationally as a highly energetic, vibrant, and extremely versatile singer and actor, tenor Joseph Gaines is known for beautifully sung and richly detailed interpretations of a broad spectrum of operatic roles, and has been described as “such an exuberant performer you couldn’t help but smile” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

A favorite of a number of opera companies large and small across the United States in recent years, Gaines has been a regular guest artist at Opera Philadelphia, Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Central City Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and many others. An alumnus of the apprentice training programs at Sarasota Opera, Central City Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, he joined the artist roster of The Metropolitan Opera for the first time in 2013, covering Caius in Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by James Levine. In 2017, Gaines created the role of Dan Leno in the Opera Philadelphia world premiere of Elizabeth Cree by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, in which he was described variously as a “tour de force” (Opera Today) and a “triple threat” (DC Metro Theater Arts); his performance as Dan Leno was a “star-turn” (Broadway World), “every inch his camped-up real life inspiration” (BachTrack), and had “unexpected gravitas” (Theater Jones).

A voracious musician with a love of repertoire from many distinct styles and periods, he has been a featured soloist with some of the finest American orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a number of chamber and baroque ensembles throughout the United States and abroad.

His commercial recordings (from both Ars Lyrica Houston, and New York’s famed Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys) and live performances have been broadcast domestically and internationally by NPR and Public Radio International, most recently with solo excerpts from the St. Thomas Choir’s Messiah: The Mozart Orchestrations, heard nationwide on With Heart And Voice.

About Joshua South

Joshua South, bass, has performed with 50 Cent, Paul McCartney, Kelli O’Hara, Kelsey Grammar, Brian Dennehy, and many other world class singers and conductors at many world class venues like Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has been a member of several world class vocal ensembles, including The Clarion Choir (2017 GRAMMY nomination for Best Choral Performance), St. Thomas Men and Boys Choir, New York City Opera Chorus, New York Choral Artists, the Bard Opera Chorus, and has sung on numerous SAG/AFTRA major motion picture soundtracks.

In the 2017-2018 season, he sang Riff in West Side Story with Central City Opera, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (Boulder Opera Company), Sarastro in Magic Flute (Arapahoe Philharmonic), Pandolfe in Cendrillon (Boulder Opera), Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata (St. Petersburg Opera and Boulder Symphony) and the Big Bad Wolf in Cesar Cui’s Little Red Riding Hood (Boulder Opera).

Career highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut in the New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story Suites, an Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut with Kent Tritle in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. Joshua also appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the critically-acclaimed staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.

He has performed in Brazil, Italy, Austria, and gave a 2-week recital and masterclass tour in China, with performances in Shanghai and Xiamen.

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