Mid Season Masterworks
March 5, 2017 • Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
with full orchestra and soloists and featuring The Virginia Consort Festival Chorus
Additional pieces include
Lamentations of Jeremiah – Z. Randall Stroope
The Pasture (based on a poem by Robert Frost) – Z. Randall Stroope
Sure On This Shining Night – Morten Lauridsen
Across The Vast, Eternal Sky (with string quartet) – Ola Gjeilo
When The Sun Rises from I Share Creation – Bob Chilcott
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About the Musicians
Recognized by critics as a “pitch-perfect, compelling soprano” with “emotion that doesn’t quit and a talented voice to match,” Australian soprano Jaely Chamberlain makes regular appearances as a soloist in Washington D.C. and beyond. Summer 2016 marked Ms. Chamberlain’s role debuts as Musetta in La Bohème at the Crested Butte Music Festival and Nannetta in Falstaff with Shakespeare Opera Theatre. Additional highlights from the season included Soprano Soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the orchestra of the Washington Bach Consort in memory of J. Reilly Lewis, a televised performance of Barber’s Hermit Songs with Ensemble Deburau, a recital of arias and duets with Washington Concert Opera, and her ensemble debut with the Washington National Opera. She is the recipient of Artist Grants from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In past seasons, Ms. Chamberlain has held Young Artist residencies with the Crested Butte Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera, and Hubbard Hall Opera and has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, Cathedra, and The District Eight. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Salt Marsh Opera, a recital of 18th-century French Operatic Excerpts with the White House Historical Association, and various appearances with Opera Lafayette, where she is currently a Young Artist. For more information, please visit www.jaelysoprano.com.
Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Best celebrates a diverse career, spanning the repertoire of opera, operetta, musical theatre, and concert performance. With particular experience in rare works of musical theatre and operetta, Ms. Best has completed six seasons with the Ohio Light Opera, where she performed over ten roles with the company, including a variety of beloved titles (The King and I; The Pirates of Penzance; The Mikado; Kiss Me, Kate) as well as unique and lesser-known gems (Silk Stockings, Jubilee, One Touch of Venus, The Dancing Years). This season, Ms. Best appears as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo and Lucretia in Rape of Lucretia with the Maryland Opera Studio; Guenevere in Camelot with Augusta Opera Ensemble; and as Marian Paroo in The Music Man with Ohio Light Opera.
Ms. Best has also appeared with Ash Lawn Opera, The Los Angeles Operetta Foundation, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Light Opera of New York, Luzerne Music Center Festival, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and Opéra Louisiane. She has been a featured concert soloist at Carnegie Hall, debuting in the American premiere of Haggadah shel Pesach with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her other concert engagements have included performances at Radio City Music Hall, New York City Center, and Symphony Space. Now residing in the Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Best is pursuing her M.M. in Opera Performance at the University of Maryland as a member of The Maryland Opera Studio.
Korean-American tenor Sammy Huh is an accomplished performer based in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has received praise for his “resonant and full” voice (DC Metro Theatre Arts) and “sincere and admirable simplicity” (Voce di Meche). Mr. Huh has made solo appearances with esteemed companies and venues across the eastern seaboard. Institutions include Opera Camerata of Washington, Maryland Opera Studio, Lincoln Center-Alice Tully Hall, Washington Opera Society, Juilliard Opera, Arts Club of Washington, Embassy of South Korea, Strathmore Mansion, Central Maryland Chorale, Smithsonian American Art Museum-Renwick Gallery, and the President’s Residence at University of Maryland.
He is a graduate from some of the country’s esteemed young artist programs such as Chautauqua Opera Company, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and Manhattan Summer Voice Festival. Mr. Huh received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and Master of Music with the University of Maryland-Opera Studio. A passionate educator, he serves on the voice faculty at University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Shepherd University.
Bass David Brundage has appeared in most of the Washington, D.C. area’s most prominent venues, including the four theatres of the Kennedy Center. Some highlights include the Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar,” with the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the University of Maryland Symphony, and two occasions with the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. His oratorio experience is extensive, including Verdi’s Requiem with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Midland (MI) Symphony; Bach’s Magnificat with the Alexandria Symphony; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at American University; Handel’s Solomon at the Maryland Handel Festival; Mozart’s Requiem with the Annapolis Symphony, the Fairfax Choral Society, and the University of Maryland Chorus; Brahms’ Requiem with the Fairfax Choral Society; PDQ Bach’s Missa Hilarious with the Georgetown Symphony; Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Joffrey Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem; his Carnegie Hall debut in Haydn’s Heiligmesse and Boccherini’s Villancicos with the New England Symphonic Ensemble; and Handel’s Messiah with the Illinois Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, Alexandria Choral Society, the National Chamber Orchestra, and many D.C. area churches.
Opera roles include Monterone (Rigoletto) with Chattanooga Opera; Sarastro (The Magic Flute) with the Annapolis Opera; the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with Toledo Opera, Opera Delaware, and Summer Opera Theatre of Washington, D.C.; Osmin (Ein Entfurung aus dem Serail) with the “In-Series”; Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and Ramfis (Aida) with the Lake Charles Symphony; Oroveso (Norma) for Summer Opera Theatre; Capulet (Romeo and Juliette) with Virginia Opera; and the Jailer (Tosca) and the Innkeeper (Goya) with Placido Domingo and the Washington National Opera.