Madison Symphony Chorus
& four guest soloists
Fri., Apr. 3, 2020
Sat., Apr. 4, 2020
Sun., Apr. 5, 2020
Dvořák | Requiem
John DeMain, Conductor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Ann Toomey, Soprano
Julie Miller, Mezzo-soprano
Eric Barry, Tenor
Matt Boehler, Bass
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Composed at the peak of Dvořák’s career, the Requiem is a profound expression of his genius.
“This concert features our wonderful Madison Symphony Chorus and four debut and returning soloists in the epic Dvořák Requiem. This work has it all, from beautiful solo arias, to a thrilling bombastic chorus, all supported by the gorgeous orchestral writing of Antonin Dvořák. This is a work of great beauty and also an MSO premiere. Dvořák has become a favorite composer of mine and I look forward to conducting this Requiem for the first time. I hope all of you join me.” – John DeMain
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About Ann Toomey
A native of Shelby Township, Michigan and a third-year Ryan Opera Center Ensemble member with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, soprano Ann Toomey recently earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and music education from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan). She was a member of the Gerdine Young Artist program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2015, singing Gabrielle/La rondine and understudying the title role/Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. Toomey was a 2016 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an award recipient in the 2015 Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at UCC-CM.
About Julie Miller
Hailed as possessing a voice of “spell-binding power and intensity” (The Register-Guard), Mezzo-Soprano Julie Miller has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and in many major concert halls across the country. Ms. Miller is the recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship and the Rose McGilvray Grundman Award (American Opera Society of Chicago), the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation), and the Edith Newfield Scholarship Award (Musicians Club of Women).
About Eric Barry
Winner of the Bel Canto Prize at the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, Spanish-American Tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News). His engagements have included performances with the Shreveport Opera, Amarillo Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Memphis, North Carolina Opera, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Teatro Comunale di Sulmona. He has appeared at music festivals around the world.
About Matt Boehler
Hailed by The New York Times as “a bass with an attitude and the goods to back it up,” Matt Boehler is a singer equally at home on the international opera stage as well as the concert platform. He has appeared as a principal artist with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Theater St. Gallen, and Canadian Opera Company, as well as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the New York Festival of Song, among many others. Frequently in demand as a collaborator and interpreter of new music, Matt’s discography features many world premieres. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, he trained as an actor at Viterbo College, an opera singer at Juilliard, and as a composer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The [Madison Symphony] Chorus’ performance was lovely . . . the choir’s first words sounded with a beautiful ringing tone . . . more than 100 people created a sense of intimacy and sentiment. – The Capital Times
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