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December 6, 2012

Voices of Cooperstown concert

Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Voices of Cooperstown, conducted by Maestro Dan Foster, founder and director of Aoede Consort, will present a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Christ Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, according to a media release.

Tickets are $18 and will be on sale at Augur’s Bookstore and at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce on Chestnut St.

A combined ensemble of community singers, professional soloists and musicians will present Johhann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata 140, “Wachet auf,” Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D-minor, and Jean Baptists de Lully’s Grand Motet, “Exaudiat te Dominus.”

Foster is a frequent conductor, keyboard artist, and tenor soloist with groups across the Northeast, including Albany Pro Musica, St. Rose Camerata, and Crescendo Berkshires. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut leading Aoede Consort in the world premier of Vladimir Pleshakov’s choral music.

Soprano Sabrina Manna appears frequently as a choral singer and solos in the Capitol Region. Manna holds a Masters of Music Education from Ithaca College and made her Carnegie Hall début as a featured soloist with Aoede Consort. She is also the choral director at Algonquin Middle School in the Averill Park School District.

Mezzo Soprano Aleksandra Romano, a native of New Haven, CT, has been invited to the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Intermezzo Young Artist Program, and the Wolf Trap Opera Studio. She was the Bard College Concerto Competition winner in 2009 and 2010, and a national semi-finalist in the 2010 Classical University Competition. She has a B.A. from Bard College, and is a Masters of Music candidate at Yale University.

Derrick Smith has emerged as one of the outstanding singers of his generation, according to the release. Smith has sung in Europe, South America, Great Britain, and Scandinavia to critical acclaim. At home, Smith has sung with New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, and many major venues throughout the USA. Recently, Smith finished a recording of Civil War songs, titled “One Nation, Indivisible.” He may be remembered for his dramatic interpretation of Handel’s bass solo selections in the Voices 2011 performance of the Messiah.

Joshua Bouillon grew up in Upstate New York and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Liberty University. He is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music Masters of Music program where he performed the roles of Des Grieux in Massenet’s “Manon,” Paolino in Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto” and Jeník in Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride.” Bouillon has performed as a concert soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout New York, including the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, the Saratoga Choral Festival, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rochester Oratorio Society.