The magnificent music of J.S. Bach, often cited as the greatest composer ever. Start your holiday season with really great music!
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 191 (Gloria in excelsis Deo)
J.S. Bach OrchestralSuite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068
J.S. Bach Magnificat in D, BWV 243
Dana Varga, soprano
Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-soprano
Christon Carney, Tenor
Colin Levin, Bass-baritone
Dana Varga, Soprano
Praised for her “stunning voice”, soprano Dana Lynne Varga continues to amass accolades for her numerous operatic roles that include Musetta in La bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Alcina in Alcina, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and Giannetta (/Adina cover) in L’elisir d’amore, performed at the prestigious Caramoor Festival in New York. Dana has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Grand Harmonie Orchestra, PORTopera, Opera Boston, Boston Opera Collaborative, PANopera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, the Aldeburgh (Britten-Pears) Festival, Commonwealth Opera and Boston Baroque, amongst others.
An avid concert soloist, highlights of Dana Lynne Varga’s recent performances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cantata Singers, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with the Andover Choral Society, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minorwith Coro Allegro, Amy Beach’s Mass with the Commonwealth Chorale, the Fauré Requiem and Neilsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Granite State Choral Society. Other highlights include Beethoven Mass in C at Tanglewood, Dubois’ Seven Last Words with Coro Allegro, Handel’s Messiah and the Bach B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra.
Dana was the first place winner of the 2016 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition. She was awarded the 2012 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music. Dana was among the winners in the Boston Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. She won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Boston, in both 2004 and 2005.
Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-Soprano
An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation in both oratorio and opera, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. Most recently she’s performed the role of Anne in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All in a highly acclaimed production that took place in Hudson NY. This Fall she was also heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Orchestra Now at Bard College and performed the role of Berta in a New York City concert version of the rarely heard opera Il Grillo del Focolare by Riccardo Zandonai. Other recent performances include the role of Zofia in Monuiskzo’s opera Halka at the Bard Music Festival, the mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at the Lake Como Music Festival (Italy) and with the Spokane Symphony. As a soloist she has been heard in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Lincoln Center with the National Chorale (NYC), at the Bard Music Festival on a program of verismo opera arias, as well as a staged version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Gulfshore Opera (FL), Vivaldi’s Gloria with The Berkshire Bach Society (MA), and The Stamford Symphony (CT), Bach’s Magnificat with Voices of Ascension, (NYC), and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été with the Bard College Orchestra. Other notable performances have included the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Opera Roanoke, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Asheville Lyric Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society, Mozart’s Requiemwith the Tulsa Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and Voices of Ascension (NYC), Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody at the Bard Music Festival, and a return to the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN) for Berio’s Folk Songs. Performances for the 2013 – 2014 season have included the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Opera Roanoke, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E Flat with the The New Jersey Choral Society, the role of Mathurine in Little Opera Theatre of New York’s run of Gluck’s one-act opera The Reformed Drunkard, the roles of Martha and Pantalis in a concert performance of Boito’s Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Elliot Carter’s “Voyage” with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mozart’s Requiem with the Helena Symphony (MT), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Stamford Symphony (CT), appearances on opera galas with Opera at Florham and Kyrenia Opera, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN), Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and a return to the Helena Symphony for C.P.E Bach’s Magnificat. In April 2013 she was the winner of the female division in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition at Carnegie Hall.
Christon Carney, Tenor
A native of Nashville, TN, Christon Carney received his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Lipscomb University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory. Performer and educator, he has continued to receive honors from several disciplines including the recognition of Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities, as well as the prestigious ABRSM Diploma in Voice. Christon has also gone on to be a finalist in the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. He has participated in vocal ensembles more than half his life, including the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus, Nashville Opera Chorus, Nashville’s Heimermann Chorale and others. During his time at Lipscomb University he served as president of the A Cappella Singers, Society of Composers SCI student chapter, NAFME student chapter, ACDA student chapter and founded the Student NATS chapter at Lipscomb University. As a performer and educator, he maintains affiliation with such organizations as the National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, Society of Composers and others to further his goals of excellence in instruction and performance.
Matt Chastain, Baritone
Matt Chastain is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
He was most recently seen as Tommy Albright in Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In January, Matt will return to Cedar Rapids to perform the role of Macheath in The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.
This is Matt’s third appearance with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, having performed as a soloist for Haydn’s Mass in time of Warin March of 2017 as well as for Mozart’s Coronation Massand Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb in March of 2018.
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 7:30 PM
McVinney Auditorium on the grounds of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Providence, RI
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 3:00 PM
St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, Woonsocket, RI