Worcester Chorus & NHSO

Celebrating America through classic choral works!

Friday, April 29 - 8:00 PM - Mechanics Hall

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Worcester Chorus Unites the Americas with Song

Mexico's Coro Xopankuicatl Joins Worcester Chorus April 29 at Mechanics Hall

Pre-concert discussion with Dr. Steven Ledbetter at 7pm in Washburn Hall.

Tickets: Adult $49, Student $17.50, Youth $7.50

Our beloved Worcester Chorus will once again take the stage at historic Mechanics Hall to perform a spectacular evening of music celebrating America! Artistic director Chris Shepard has arranged a program featuring Bernstein, Lambert, and Tower pieces reflecting Americana styles and traditions.

Joining the Worcester Chorus for this performance will be members of Coro Xopankuikati of Mexico City. 

Coro Xopankuíkatl was formed in 2012 by John Daly Goodwin, Ana Patricia Carbajal and Voce in Tempore, AC with significant support from Fomento Educacional, AC.  The chorus was founded specifically to participate in bi-cultural choral programs combining singers from Mexico and the United States in order to foster greater understanding and communication between the two cultures.  Previous projects have included performances of the Bach Mass in B minor and Passion According to St. Matthew with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico City’s Palacio Bellas Artes.  Xopankuíkatl is a Nahuatl word meaning “voices of spring.”

This cross-cultural exchange is made possible by The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester, Chris Shepard, Artistic Director; Coro Xopankuikatl of Mexico City, Jack Goodwin, Director; & the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton, Music Director.  Music Worcester is pleased to note the involvement of Centro Las Americas and The Worcester Art Museum in helping to welcome the members of Coro Xopankuikatl to Worcester.

In March 2008, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra was chosen as one of seven orchestras nationwide to participate in the League of American Orchestras’ highly competitive three-year Institutional Vision Program. In December 2009, the orchestra was featured in the Miramax film Everybody’s Fine starring Robert DeNiro. In May 2010, the Orchestra released its first commercial CD in over thirty years—a disc featuring the music of William Walton on the Nimbus (London) label and in October 2010 the orchestra released Portrait of an Orchestra, a photographic celebration of the musicians who make up the NHSO.

The orchestra also received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for “Adventuresome Programming,” reflecting its renewed commitment to performing the music of contemporary composers.

MEET THE SOLOISTS

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Dana Elizabeth Fripp, soprano

Praised for her beautiful voice, natural acting ability, and compelling stage presence, Ms. Fripp has taken on roles across vocal categories and opera styles. She performed the roles of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Empress Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea, both for The Hartt School. She has sung both Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, Clara in Porgy and Bess, and also created the role of the Stepmother in the world premiere of composer Neely Bruce’s Hansel and Gretel, all for Connecticut Opera.

In 2001, Ms. Fripp received Honorable Mention in the Metropolitan Opera Connecticut District Auditions.  As a result of her performance in the Connecticut MET competition, she was featured in a June 2001 article for the internationally recognized Opera News magazine. The article garnered her an invitation to attend the 2001 International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, where she performed the soprano roles in scenes from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, as well as scenes from Boito’s Mefistofele, and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

A Connecticut favorite, Ms. Fripp has performed at Wesleyan University, Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut Opera, the New Haven Symphony, Opera Theatre of Connecticut, the Shubert Theater, and Orchestra New England, amongst others.

She has toured Northern Spain and the Midwest United States with the New England Spiritual Ensemble, an a cappella African-American vocal group, based in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Fripp is a founding member of The Elm City Vocal Ensemble, a group of classically-trained African-American vocalists and educators, primarily based in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2012, she was honored to serve as both soloist and narrator for The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s 80th Annual Young People’s Concert Tour.

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Rory Latham, treble

Rory Latham is in his fifth year with the Trinity Choir of Men and Boys. He loves the choir and its music, and enjoys the responsibility of being a Lead Boy.  He also plays the guitar and the bagpipes.

Rory is a seventh grader at The Foote School in New Haven. He loves playing tennis and is a member of the New Haven Lawn Club tennis team. He has two older sisters who attend Choate Rosemary Hall. In April 2015 he had a wonderful time performing the Chichester Psalms with the Yale Glee Club in Woolsey Hall. Rory is very appreciative of the support from all of his teachers, especially his choir director Walden Moore. He is grateful to his family for all their help and love.

His performances are dedicated to the memory of his grandmother, who was an excellent pianist and organist and would have been very proud of him. 


 
 

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