Music at Moose Meadow

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Moose Meadow Lodge

6:00 PM Reception. 6:45 Music. 7:45 Dinner Buffet
Donations Requested: $35 - $250 Per Person
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VERDI IN VERMONT

Get ready for an explosive night of Verdi arias with two of the biggest voices you've ever heard.  Tenor Brian Landry and baritone Thomas Beard, veterans of Eleva's house concert series, will combine their formidable forces for a special night. This dynamic duo will also be joined by alto Ana Maria Ugarte and pianist Lynnette Combs.  Together they will bring new life and passion to beloved arias from Don Carlo,  Otello and Il Trovatore.

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Brian Landry has a tenor voice that reminds people of the great tenors of yesterday, even as he is poised to become a great tenor of his own generation. Brian sang his first Radames in Tulsa Opera's 2013 production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. He also made other recent important debuts: Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, MacDuff in Verdi's MacBeth, and the tenor soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony (all in Boston), and in Providence he essayed his first Canio in Pagliacci. In the 2008-2009 season, Brian sang two favorite roles for his professional debut: Otello in Verdi's Otello and Calaf in Puccini's Turandot, both in Boston, and Otello again in St. Louis. In March 2007, Brian returned from the prestigious Accademia Verdiana in Busseto, Italy, where he was studying with the great Maestro Carlo Bergonzi. Brian made his international concert debut at a concert in the Teatro Verdi in Busseto.


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Thomas Beard returns to Vermont after performing with the Vermont Philharmonic and previously with the Eleva Chamber Players.  He is an internationally known Lyric-Dramatic Baritone and is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2003 Thomas became the only African-American male singer to be personally chosen by Maestro & Famous Tenor Placido Domingo to be a part of Washington National Opera's Placido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He has performed as the Baritone for Orff's Carmina Burana, Händel's Messiah, Verdi's Missa da Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, the Ordering of Mosesby Detts, Pergolesi's Magnificat, and The Seven Last Words of Christby Dubois to name a few. Thomas has performed internationally in Opera Roles including, Bonzo, Count Di Luna, Marcello, Gianni Schicchi, Escamillo, Scarpia, Rigoletto, Colline, Georgio Germont, Il Commendatore, Tonio, Gerard, Michonnet, and Porgy, just to name a few. His Television Credits, include CNN, Fox, and National opening of the Cherry blossom festival! He has performed privately for former, President George W. Bush administration, Justice Ruth Ginsberg, dozens of embassies and the Funeral of Mrs. Rosa Parks.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Moose Meadow Lodge

6:00 PM Reception. 6:45 Music. 7:45 Dinner Buffet
Donations Requested: $35 - $250 Per Person
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COUNTRY ROAD

Cool off with the beautiful voice of soprano Rachel Traughber and pianist James Myers.  James returns to the Eleva house concert series with yet another talented and gifted singer for a bit of  John Denver, Patsy Cline and light opera.
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Soprano Rachel Traughber is an active opera singer and recitalist in the Boston area. A graduate of both St. Olaf College and Boston University, she has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera's National Council auditions, the Minnesota NATS competition and was a finalist in the St. Paul Schubert Club’s annual scholarship competition. Ms. Traughber has performed a broad range of operatic roles, from Bellini’s Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) with Cambridge Summer Opera to the Mother in Opera del West's production of Hansel und Gretel. A strong proponent of art song, she was invited to participate in the Songfest festival as a Sterns Fellow, performing in recitals and singing in master classes with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, John Harbison and John Musto, among others.

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Keyboardist James J. Myersis in demand as vocal coach, adjudicator, composer and clinician.  Sharing the stage with leading artists of our age, he has collaborated with Christine Brewer, Judith Christin, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Michael Mayes, Robert McDuffie, Morris Robinson, Nadine Sierra, Chris Thile, and Renée Fleming, and with composers Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, and Philip Glass. He has supported masterclasses of William Burden, Jane Eaglen, Sylvia McNair, Abby Simon, Frederica von Stade, Wagnerian Linda Watson, and the late violin virtuoso Zvi Zeitlin, and served as pianist/adjudicator for Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and annually with Classical Singer National Convention, where two of his singers have won First Prize Artist’s Division. Directing a dynamic coaching studio, his students have secured roles at Vienna State Opera, Bregenz, Glimmerglass, Central City, Santa Fe, Merola, Sarasota and Idyllwild festivals, and won scholarships to Juilliard, Indiana, and Eastman.  In Early and New Music projects he has appeared as harpsichordist with Jennifer Koh (Vivaldi’s Four Seasons), Bernard Labadie (Handel’sMessiah) and with Manhattan’s Percussia through New York cultural grants.  In past seasons Mr. Myers joined colleagues presenting collaborative concerts in Madrid, Berlin, Seattle, Denver, and in Los Angeles.  Since 2012 he’s enjoyed an affiliation with Boston Lyric Opera as Coach/Pianist and lecturer at venues throughout New England on topics including Music of Matisse, Tonadilla and Zarzuela,Architecture and Acoustics, Enlightenment Austria, Beaumarchais’s Figaro, and all of BLO’s pre-performance lectures.  In houses throughout North America and Europe he commands a vast and diverse collection of operatic literature, including Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Der fliegende Holländer, Nixon in China, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and The Crucibleby Robert Ward.  In addition he serves with Boston Conservatory’s opera team, and is engaged annually with Berklee-BoCo’s Summer Opera Intensive in Valencia, Spain, at Placido Domingo’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. Mr. Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, where he was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship.