Coming this spring, Philomusica presents:

Russian and Hungarian Sacred Music -  With Wind Ensemble plus S-A-T-B solos

Rachmaninoff, Sergei – Ave Maria
Russian liturgical music
Stravinsky, Igor - Ave Maria, Pater Noster, and Mass
Kodaly, Zoltan - Missa Brevis

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2006 at 8 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 21, at 4 PM

Our Lady of Peace Church, North Brunswick, NJ
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Ticket prices at the door are $18 regular, $16 students/seniors, $9 children under 13.
Discounted tickets are available for advance purchase.  Scroll down for more information.

This program has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts; through a grant provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders.


This concert will feature soloist performances by:

TERESA BUCHHOLZ, mezzo-soprano: Teresa Buchholz maintains an active career both in opera and concert performances.  Past opera performances include roles with Connecticut Grand Opera in productions of La Traviata and La Forza del Destino.  Other operatic roles include Prince Orlofsky, Cenerentola, Mélisande, Dorabella, Nicklaus and Meg Page. The past summer marked her 5th season with Light Opera Oklahoma, where she performed the title role in La Pèrichole and the role of Dame Doleful in Too Many Sopranos.  Past seasons at LOOK have included the roles of Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera, the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, and the role of Pheobe in Yeoman of the Guard

Miss Buchholz also performs regularly as a concert soloist, and has just recently appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra in the oratorio “Das Paradies und die Peri” at Lincoln Center.   She has also made recent appearances with the Berkshire Bach society, where she has performed as a mezzo soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Bach’s Cantata BWV 72 “Ich habe genug, Haydn’s Chandos Anthem no. 6 and Carrissimi’s “Jephte”. Other recent solo performances include Bach’s Mass in b minor with the St. Bartholomew’s choir in New York City, and Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” with New York’s Collegiate Chorale.  In 2004 she made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in a one-act opera by Hindemith entitled Das Nusch-Nuschi.  The previous year she was a soloist with the Cincinnati May Festival in a world premiere performance of Liszt’s oratorio St. Stanislaus, conducted by James Conlon and released by Telarc.  In 2002 Miss Buchholz performed the role of the Third Elf in Strauss’s Äegyptische Helena with the American Symphony Orchestra, which has been released as a Telarc recording as well.  A well-experienced oratorio soloist, she has sung performances of Mozart’s Mass in c minor, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in b minor, and Mozart’s Requiem.  In 2001 she was a featured soloist on a Great Performances Recital Series concert with Jane Eaglen and members of the London Symphony Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s.

 A graduate of the Yale University Opera Program (Artist Diploma) and Indiana University (Masters in Voice), Miss Buchholz has participated in master classes with such renowned artists as Elly Ameling and Sherrill Milnes.  She has spent summers performing with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Natchez Opera, where she was awarded the Outstanding Performer Award for the season.

BRIAN DOUGHERTY, tenor: Brian Dougherty enjoys a varied career as a soloist and ensemble singer throughout the New York City area. He has performed in stage musical theatre and opera productions with FringeNYC, West End Theatre, Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Berkshire Opera, Fuma Sacra and Spoleto Festival USA. Solo credits include engagements with the American Symphony, Melodious Accord, Music Before 1800, West Village Chorale, Dessoff Choirs, Philomusica, the Westminster Choir, and the New York Concert Singers. As an ensemble singer, Brian has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, London Symphonietta, among others. Brian is a founding member and co-artistic director of Manhattan Voices, a 12-voice chamber ensemble dedicated to the concept of "musical democracy," working without a conductor. Brian's television credits include HBO's acclaimed mini-series Angels in America, PBS' Live from Lincoln Center, and NBC's Today. He is an accomplished cabaret performer. His latest, currently in development, is set to debut Fall 2006.

RODRIGO GOMEZ, BARITONE: Rodrigo Gomez, a native of the Philippines, has performed over 30 operatic roles with various companies, including Manila Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sacramento Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and West Bay Opera. He performed the world premiere of Ionel Petroiâ’s Les Melodies de Sancho Pança and title roles in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s Billy Budd. Recent New York area performances include Maugiron in Chabrier’s Le Roi Magre Lui, der Hanker in Hindemith’s Das Nusch-Nuschi and Luigi Nono’s Epitaffi  (all with the American Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall), Fauré’s Requiem with the Little Orchestra Society, Orff’s Carmina Burana with both the Bard Chorus /Chamber Singers and the New York Choral Society, Bach’s Saint John Passion with the Gotham Baroque Orchestra and Magnificat with New Jersey’s Philomusica, his premiere performances of the Requiems of both Brahms and Duruflé with the One World Symphony.

Mr. Gomez holds a B.M. from California State University, Northridge and an M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been awarded the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award, the Bay Area Performing Arts Fellowship, the Chevron Foundation Scholarship, the Nancy Hooker Memorial Scholarship, the Glendale Symphony’s Hoeft Memorial Award and prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the San Jose Music Club, the Pacific Music Society and the American Art Song Competition.

NADINE ROBINSON, SOPRANO: Nadine Robinson is equally at home on the opera and concert stage. Classical New Jersey wrote Ms. Robinson “has the indefinable ability to stand out in a crowd” and describes her singing as “meltingly beautiful.” She was introduced to opera with a small part in Suor Angelica at the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Since then she has performed with the Little Opera Company of New Jersey as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’amore. Other roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Micaela in Carmen. Among her concert credits are Haydn’s St. Cecilia Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata BWV 93, 106 and 199, and Handel’s La Lucrezia. Recently, she was a finalist in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s annual vocal competition. Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and her Master of Music in Voice Performance from Rutgers University. 

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