Opening Night 2015

Carmina, Gala, & Cabaret!

Friday, October 30 - 7:00 PM - Mechanics Hall




Tickets: Table Seating $100, Floor Seating $75

An evening you'll not soon forget! First, let the Worcester Chorus serenade you with Orff's complete Carmina Burana. Second, be a part of our silent auction fundraiser catered by Pepper's Fine Catering. And lastly, sit back and enjoy artistic director Dr. Christopher Shepard at the piano for a cabaret show featuring the evening's soloists.

No balcony seating available. VIP Table Seating gets you up close and personal with the on-stage action with room to spread out and enjoy your drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Floor seating starts about halfway back in the hall and will be pick-your-own seats at time of purchase.

About the soloists:

Praised for her captivating and affecting portrayals in genres ranging from opera, to musical theater, jazz, and pop throughout the United States and abroad, soprano Katherine Henly is quickly becoming known as a crossover artist to watch.

Based in New York, she has performed with Hawaii Opera Theatre, in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (The Hills Are Alive!), The New York International Fringe Festival (Someone To Belong To), The O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, The Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman; and as a young artist with Utah Festival Opera and The Glimmerglass Festival.

As a soloist, Ms. Henly has performed with Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra, The Ramsey Wind Symphony, Palisades Virtuosi, and in concert at Carnegie Hall.

She made her off-Broadway debut as Elsa in Dragons with words and music by Sheldon Harnick at The York Theatre Company, and can be heard on the recent studio recording with Michael Cerveris.

She holds a bachelors degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College and a masters degree in vocal performance from Brigham Young University.

Next season will see her on tour with The Glimmerglass Festival's production of Candide, performing at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and Opéra National de Bordeaux in France. 

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Born on St Cecilia’s day, the British counter-tenor Ryland Angel has built an international reputation on both the opera and concert stage, in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to new operatic commissions at major opera houses, concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and the USA.

Ryland Angel composed the score and sang the title track of the forthcoming Warner Bros documentary film The Mystery of Dante. He also features on the film soundtracks of Le Petit Prince, La Peau, Henry 4th, Machete and the PBS TV special Heavenly Voices.


Baritone Dana Whiteside has two careers. In addition to singing at Emmanuel Music and elsewhere he serves as Deputy Director for Community Economic Development for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Although his life is a juggling act, Whiteside is more fulfilled living in two worlds with complementary roles. He even finds that he is a more effective manager because of his commitment to a life in music.

Whiteside has been singing at Emmanuel Music for almost five years. Like most singers he began as a substitute and soon found himself singing cantatas about twice a month. He had his first concert solo in Alexander’s Feast last September. It was a thrilling experience for Whiteside to share Ryan Turner’s debut performance as Artistic Director and to be part of this next great phase in the life of Emmanuel Music.  “Emmanuel Music has a sense of community and fellowship that make all performances more than just another gig. It is an important spiritual blessing to many – both musicians and those who hear us. Life is too short to treat music any other way,” Whiteside says.

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About the Chorus

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About the Venue

Mechanics Hall

About the Music

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

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