2019-20 Guest Artists

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Samuel Fischer, violin

Kalia Conducts Brahms & Tchaikovsky

October 5 Nashua

October 6 Concord

Violinist Samuel Fischer enjoys a multi-faceted career on the orchestral, chamber music and recording stages. Concertmaster of three orchestras and one opera company in California -Desert Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Riverside Philharmonic and Opera Santa Barbara, Fischer has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, and the Caltech-Occidental Chamber Orchestra, among others.

A sought-after musician, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the Pasadena Symphony.

As a chamber musician, Fischer has collaborated in chamber ensembles with Anne Akiko Meyers, Martin Beaver, Lynn Harrell, and Joseph Silverstein. He has been featured on the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Idyllwild Distinguished Artists Chamber Music Series, the Montecito International Music Festival, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, and the Yellow Barn Festival.

In the recording arena, Fischer has recorded extensively for motion picture and television soundtracks, record albums, and video games by many of Hollywood’s top composers and artists.

A native of Southern California, Fischer is a Music Advisory Board Member for both the Young Musicians Foundation and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, He has served on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, the Montecito International Music Festival, the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series, and Junior Chamber Music Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. https://www.redlandssymphony.com/musicians/sam-fischer

Meredith Hansen, soprano

From La Bohème to Les Mis: Opera and Broadway’s Greatest Hits

October 19 Nashua

Acclaimed soprano Meredith Hansen has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City  and Symphony Hall in Boston, and performed with such distinguished opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Commonwealth Opera, Opera by the Bay, MetroWest Opera, and Cedar Rapids Opera. Among the orchestras with which she has appeared are the symphony orchestras of Boston, Bozeman, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Newton, the Plymouth Philharmonic, Landmarks Orchestra, Quincy Choral Society, and the Paul Madore Chorale, to name a few.

A Regional Semi-Finalist and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Hansen was the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from Boston Lyric Opera, which named her an Emerging Artist for their 2011-12 season; and has received grant support from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. Originally from Cohasset, MA, Ms. Hansen received her undergraduate training at The University of Connecticut, her Master’s Degree from Boston University, and spent a year of post-graduate study as an intern with the Opera Institute at Boston University. www.meredithhansen.com

Neal Ferreira, tenor

From La Bohème to Les Mis: Opera and Broadway’s Greatest Hits

October 19 Nashua

Boston-based tenor Neal Ferreira appears as a soloist on a regular basis with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and Odyssey Opera. Praised as a promising lyric tenor with a handsome, masculine tone quality to which he brings a cultivated vocalism and eloquent expression, Ferreira spent the first seven years of his career as a character tenor with multiple engagements at Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Colorado, and Syracuse Opera, to name a few. After undertaking studies with Frank Lopardo, he is now singing leading roles such as Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and the title role in Faust, Verdi’s Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

A recipient of the 2009 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from Boston Lyric Opera, Ferreira holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. A recipient of the Roberts Music Scholarship for musical aptitude and achievement, Mr. Ferreira completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Providence College. www.nealferreiracom

Peacock Players

From La Bohème to Les Mis: Opera and Broadway’s Greatest Hits

October 19 Nashua

Peacock Players is New Hampshire’s premiere award winning youth theatre. For over forty years, Peacock Players has brought the best in award winning theatre and theatre arts education to the southern New Hampshire region. ion of Peacock Players is to create theatre that entertains,Peacock Players is passionately committed to the cultural health of the region through leadership, collaboration, and arts education. https://peacockplayers.org

James Orent, conductor

From La Bohème to Les Mis: Opera and Broadway’s Greatest Hits

October 19 Nashua

Music Director of Massachusetts’s Brockton Symphony and Conductor of the Phillips Academy Andover Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, for the past 29 seasons James Orent has also served as a Boston Pops guest conductor, staff conductor, and violinist. He has performed in fourteen countries as a conductor and violinist in music ranging from symphony, ballet and opera, to rock, film and commercial recordings.

Orent has conducted the Fort Worth, Spokane, Springfield (MA), New Hampshire, Indian Hill, Lexington and Melrose Symphonies, and the Handel and Haydn Society, Hartford Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber, Boston Conservatory and Ballet, and Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. He led the Hartford Symphony at Talcott Mountain Music Festival. He has served as Music Director for the Mass 9/11 Fund, Newton Symphony Orchestra, Moises Carrasco Celebration of Life Orchestra, Scottish Rite Masons' Millennium 2000 Orchestra, Erie Ballet, Holyoke Orchestra and Amherst Contemporary Music Ensemble. and as Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra.

Born in Boston, James M. Orent graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, winning the Sundquist Prize for Performance and Composition. He studied conducting with Charles Bruck at the Monteux School, Otto Werner Mueller at the Yale School of Music, and at Tanglewood. His violin teachers were Phillipp Naegele (Marlboro Music) and Stanley Benson of the BSO. An avid aviator, he holds the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and US Parachute Association's Advanced Skydiver License.

Maryse Carlin, harpsichordist

Bach & Purcell

November 9 Nashua

November 10 Lowell

Internationally renowned harpsichordist Maryse Carlin has performed throughout the United States and abroad, both as a pianist and harpsichordist. Carlin is Director and Founder of the St. Louis-based Kingsbury Ensemble, one of the premiere early music groups in the Midwest, and of "Festival de Musique Ancienne" in Saint Savin, France.

Having made her harpsichord debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales, Carlin has since appeared throughout the United States. Performance credits include New York City’s Whitney Museum and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall; Boston’s Jordan Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Gardner Museum, and as guest artist with Boston Musica Viva; Harvard University’s Fromm Foundation Concerts in Cambridge, and Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival. Recent concert appearances have taken her to Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

As a recording artist, Carlin has recorded the music of Rameau and Forqueray on the harpsichord, as well as Schubert four hands works with Seth Carlin on the Naiad label. With the Kingsbury Ensemble, she has made a CD of Italian cantatas and sonatas.

Maryse Carlin has appeared on French Television and on public television in St. Louis, and on numerous radio stations including WGBH and WBUR in Boston, and WQXR in New York.

A graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and the University of Paris, Maryse Carlin resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tiffany Lu, conductor

Bach & Purcell

November 9 Nashua

November 10 Lowell

Conductor and violinist Tiffany Lu is in her fourth season as Music Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra in Wilmington, DE. She also serves as assistant conductor of the Capital City Symphony in Washington, D.C. and is the Conducting Associate at the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival in Maine. She has served as cover and assistant conductor of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra as well as the Maryland Opera Studio, where she presented Weill’s Zaubernacht in spring 2019. Tiffany has also served as producer on recordings with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Previous positions include cover conductor and principal librarian at the 2016 and 2017 National Orchestral Institute, and conductor of the Young Artists' orchestra at the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Lu has performed in master classes led by Jeffery Meyer, Mark Stringer, Carl St. Clair, Alan Gilbert, Larry Rachleff, David Effron, Lior Shambadal, Mark Shapiro, Marin Alsop, and Victor Yampolsky. She regularly performs as a section violinist with Annapolis Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. Tiffany Lu earned her doctorate degree in orchestral conducting in Spring 2019 at the University of Maryland.

Act of Congress

An Americana Holiday with Act of Congress

December 7 Nashua

December 8 Manchester

Consistently voted one of the "Must See Live Acts of Alabama,” the ensemble Act of Congress (AOC) has completed five tours as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors, led by the U.S. State Department. AOC has performed in countries including Thailand, Oman, Palau, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Timor Leste, Bali, Liberia, and Jordan. Highlights from recent trips include Independence Day entertainment for Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian government, and a feature performance at Jordan's celebrated Jerash festival.

Currently performing original music at live venues, festivals, and with national symphonies, AOC has backed up country music star, Sara Evans and American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks. AOC's current licensing catalog includes Showtime and Google. Act of Congress has released two full-length albums, two acclaimed Christmas EPs, a live CD/DVD and the documentary "A Week In The Life."

AOC has performed for the likes of Paste, SXSW, Disney, NPR and Billboard. They have opened Live Nation VIP areas for John Mayer and Edwin McCain and were featured on the nationally syndicated Rick & Bubba Show and Woodsongs Radio on XM Radio. Act of Congress has also won the IMWS Disc Maker's Grand Prize and Colgate Country Showdown Regional Competition. AOC's full concert from the International Newgrass Festival has been released in national rotation on public television. actofcongressmusic.com

Brian Eads

An Americana Holiday with Act of Congress

December 7 Nashua

December 8 Manchester

Music Director of the North American Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables (new production), Brian Eads’s guest conducting credits include performances with the symphony orchestras of Lima, Mississippi, and Northwest Mississippi, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the Princeton Festival Orchestra. A doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Eads has conducted performances with numerous student instrumental ensembles and has served as assistant to various conductors, including Arthur Fagen, David Effron, Cliff Colnot, Carl St. Clair, and Thomas Wilkins.

Past season highlights include serving as Cover Conductor for the Pacific Symphony’s 2017 concert performance of Verdi’s Aida and as assistant conductor for IU Opera Theater.

A professional arranger and orchestrator as well as a pianist, Eads’s orchestral arrangements have been performed by the symphony orchestras of Kalamazoo, Nashville, and Chicago. Rent premieres include orchestral arrangements for renowned soprano Sylvia McNair for performances with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, whose upcoming CD release by NAXOS records will feature two of Brian’s orchestral arrangements.

Eads holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Delta State University. Honors include serving as a Schmidt Conducting Fellow in 2014 with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Steve Lippia, vocalist

Steve Lippia’s Sinatra and Friends

December 28 Nashua

One of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists today, Steve Lippia has established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation. He has headlined in highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where SRO audiences lined up more than two hours before show time to vie for seating. He has performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor, and has performed to sold-out symphony audiences across North America including: Akron, Alabama, Albany, Anchorage, Annapolis, Asheville, Bangor, Bartlesville, Battle Creek,  Boulder Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Bowling Green, Brampton-Ontario, Brazosport, Buffalo, Calgary, Cape Cod, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Cleveland Pops, Colorado, Dallas, Des Moines, , Edmonton, Elgin, Erie, , Fort Worth, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Harrisburg, Hartford, Helena, Indianapolis, Irving, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisiana, Louisville, Midland, Mississippi, Missouri, Mobile, Monroe, Music in the Mountains, Napa, North Carolina, North Charleston Pops, Ocean City Pops, Omaha, , Oregon, Palm Beach Pops, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, Portland (ME, St. Louis, San Angelo, San Antonio, Saskatoon, Symphony Silicon Valley, Tacoma, Toronto, Tucson, Utah, Vancouver, Virginia, Winnipeg, Winston-Salem, Yakima, and York (Canada) amongst others. www.stevelippia.com

Dominic Muzzi, pianist

Kalia Conducts Rachmaninoff

January 25 Nashua

Pianist Dominic Muzzi has performed across the United States and Europe. In demand as a collaborative pianist, performing with choirs, chamber ensembles, and solo musicians, he has also  participated summer festivals such as the Chautauqua Institution’s Piano Festival in New York, and the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida.

Gold medalist of the 2018 Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, Muzzi holds over a dozen top prizes in solo piano and concerto competitions.

Currently serving as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University in the secondary piano program, Muzzi is enrolled in Indiana University’s doctoral program, where he studies with pianist Roberto Plano. In spring 2018 he earned a Master of Music in Piano from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Muzzi has studied chamber music with renowned artists such as Peter Stumpf, Alex Kerr, and Thomas Robertello.

Ruben Rengel, violinist

Kalia Conducts Mendelssohn & Dvořák

March 7 Nashua

March 8 Concord

Winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition, Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel is praised for his lush, singing tone, and charismatic virtuosity. Recent engagements include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra. Mr. Rengel has previously appeared with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Filarmonía Caracas, and Arcos Juveniles de Caracas.

An avid chamber musician, Rengel has collaborated with Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Pamela Frank, Timothy Eddy, and Gilbert Kalish. In addition to classical music, he has extensive experience performing Venezuelan folk music and Jazz, and he has recorded and toured with distinguished Venezuelan ensembles.

Community engagement and education are important components in Mr. Rengel’s activities. He has participated in programs with Los Angeles Street Symphony, Da Camera Houston’s Young Artist Program, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Shepherd School of Music.

Mr. Rengel began his violin studies at the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela (El Sistema). And is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under Paul Kantor. Mr. Rengel plays on a 1908 Stefano Scarampella violin, and a Tino Lucke bow on loan from a private collection. www.rubenrengel.com

Jeffrey Ziegler, cellist

Enigma Variations

April 4 Nashua

One of the most versatile cellists of our time, Jeffrey Zeigler has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Royal Danish Radio Symphony, Basel Symphonie, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mannes Symphony and the Vancouver-based jazz band, The Hard Rubber Orchestra, to name a few.

Former cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet, Zeigler has enjoyed a multifaceted career which has led to collaborations with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma and Laurie Anderson to Hauschka and Roomful of Teeth, from Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso to John Corigliano and Vijay Iyer, to name a few.

A prolific recording artist, Mr. Zeigler has recorded for Innova Records and VIA Records, Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Cantaloupe and Smithsonian Folkways and has appeared with Norah Jones on her album Not Too Late on Blue Note Records. He can be heard on the film soundtracks for Paolo Sorrentino’s Academy Award winning film, La Grande Bellezza, and Darren Aronofsky's Golden Globe winning film, The Fountain. He made an on-screen cameo in Season 4 of the Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe Award winning series Mozart in the Jungle.

Zeigler’s numerous awards include the Avery Fisher Prize, the Polar Music Prize, the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recorded Arts, the Chamber Music America Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, and The Asia Society's Cultural Achievement Award. www.jzcello.com

Shen Yiwen, conductor

Enigma Variations

April 4 Nashua

Chinese conductor, composer, and pianist Shen Yiwen is a triple threat. He currently serves as assistant conductor of Maryland’s Prince George’s Philharmonic, co-director of the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra, assistant conductor of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and as director of The Tianjin Juillliard School’s  Contemporary Music Festival in China. As a conductor, he has worked with the North Czech Philharmonic and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, the Orchestra of Magna Graecia in Italy, and the Royal Camerata, the Bucharest Philharmonic and Bucharest Symphony Orchestra in Romania. He has served as assistant conductor of the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, orchestra assistant of the Monteux School & Music Festival.

An award-winning composer, Yiwen’s music has been performed worldwide. His work has been commissioned and performed by such ensembles such as Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonic, Aeolus String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players and The New York Virtuoso Singers, and has received premieres with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Beijing Symphony, and Albany Symphony, to name a few.

As a pianist Yiwen has soloed with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and played with the Axiom Ensemble at Lincoln Center.

Yiwen holds degrees from Bard College and its Conservatory, The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland. www.shenyiwen.com 

Paul Dooley, narrator

Family Concert

April 25 Nashua

One of the most prolific and performed composers in America today, composer Paul Dooley’s path has embraced not only his Western Classical heritage, but also a cross-cultural range of contemporary music, dance, art, technology and the interactions between the human and natural worlds.

Dooley’s orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by numerous orchestras and ensembles around the world, including the symphony orchestras of Detroit Symphony, Singapore, Macau, and Omaha, Nu Deco Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound, as well as The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the United States Navy Band, to name a few. His works have been performed in significant venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Sala Filharmonia Warszawa, Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center, and have been featured on several episodes of NPR’s “Performance Today” with Fred Child.

Born in Santa Rosa, California in 1983, at the age of 13, Dooley began a long mentorship with singer, songwriter, improvisor and gifted counselor Gary “Doc” Collins. In high school Dooley also studied composition with Charles Sepos, before earning bachelor degrees in mathematics and music composition at the University of Southern California (2002-2007) with Frank Ticheli and Stephen Hartke, and a master and doctorate degree at the University of Michigan (2007-2013) with Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers.

In 2013 Dooley joined the music faculty at the University of Michigan. He created and directs the Performing Arts Technology department’s annual Computer Music Showcase.

Dooley has received numerous awards for his work. His recordings can be heard on, among others, Naxos, Equilibrium, Soundset, Mark Records, GIA Wind Works and Block M Records. www.pauldooley.net