News and Upcoming Events
Strauss a Success!
A career high-point was the performance in March of Strauss's Four Last Songs with the FSO and the magnificent soprano Francesca Aguado. After weeks of rehearsing and preparation, including two sessions with New York coach Steven Crawford, both Francesca and the orchestra put in exceptional performances. My gratitude to Maestro Glenn Quader for entrusting the orchestra with my baton. Recording coming soon to the Media page!
Resuming Work from Sabbatical
Following an involuntary hiatus due to a heavy course load, I'm set to resume my work with rounding out the study of synagogue nusach and my encounters Sephardic-Mizrahi chant traditions while in Jerusalem in November. This work will include:
Continuing to study liturgical chant with Cantor Shulie Hersh. The goal: mastering Sholosh Regalim, weekday, and Hallel for starters.
Lead Shabbat services.
Reconnect with Cantor Yonatan at Batish Moroccan Synagogue in Nachlaot to follow up with
Prepare a lecture-presentation on the Sephardic-Mizrahi chant traditions I encountered at the Batish and Ades (Aleppo Congregation) Synagogues. This will include a discussion of the Bakkashot, non-liturgical hymns that are sung at the Ades community in a four-hour pre-dawn session every Shabbat during the winter months.
We're back in July 2022!
Plans for this summer include performances of a new work by the FSO's own Robert Renshaw, Symphony Fantastick, a symphonic arrangement of numbers from the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks. Also on that concert, the overture to Scott Joplin's only surviving opera, Treemonisha. Toward the end of the summer, we will be tackling Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat! Concerts will take at the Frederick Sky Stage, Seton Basilica, and Frederick Arts Council Art Center. Keep your eye open for dates and more information!
Read more about the Camerata in this nice article from a pre-pandemic edition of the Frederick News Post!
October - Button-Down Opera Project - Take 2: Bellini's Norma
Plans are moving ahead for the Project's next venture, a performance of Bellini's bel canto masterpiece. This October's performance will feature new faces joining our wonderful core of artists, a bigger venue, and fuller orchestration. Stay tuned for more details!