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Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Opera and Broadway Greatest Hits I Nashua

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

SAT, OCTOBER 19 • 7:30 PM
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua

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James Orent, conductor
Meredith Hansen, soprano
Neal Ferreira, tenor
with Peacock Players

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Soprano Meredith Hansen, hailed a “standout” by Ted Medrek of the Boston Herald for her performance of Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, has scored many successes, both domestically and internationally. For her performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Globe offered the following praise: “Soprano Meredith Hansen sang the surprisingly sweet ‘Crucifixus’ with a creamy tone and soared in the ‘O salutaris hostia.’”Opera magazine (UK) deemed her “a real find”, and Opera News stated, “As Marzelline, the jailer’s daughter in love with Fidelio, soprano Meredith Hansen was a bright, clever presence, and the size and color of her voice matched the role perfectly. She succeeded where very few singers do, making perfect dramatic sense of a romantic comedy figure essentially stranded in this otherwise dark and serious work.” Upcoming engagements in 2019 include a concert of Italian Arias (Il Trovatore, I Puritani, Andrea Chenier) and an Opera Gala in New Hampshire (Rusalka, La Traviata, among others.) Pleased to return to the Metropolitan Opera Roster in spring 2017 for the acclaimed Francesca Zambello production of Cyrano de Bergerac, the 2017-18 season sees Ms. Hansen in a series of engagements that highlights new repertoire as well as seasoned favorites. Performing Mimi, Norma and Luisa Miller in a concert of arias with Boston Bel Canto Opera, she also joined the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra as Frasquita in Carmen. She performs as the Soprano Soloist in the Verdi Requiem in a return engagement with Landmarks Orchestra at the iconic Boston Hatch Memorial Shell in August 2018. Meredith Hansen’s 2015-16 season included singing as the Trainbearer in Strauss’Elektra in a return engagement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall and also Carnegie Hall as well as stepping in last minute as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera in Williamsburg. She also appeared as a featured soloist at Asheville Lyric Opera's annual Gala and in a concert of Mozart Arias and Scenes (Konstanze, Fiordiligi, Contessa) with the Opera Theatre of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival. In 2014 she made her Boston Symphony debut (at Tanglewood) as soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and in the 2014-15 season sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in a re-engagement with Boston Lyric Opera. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera in season 2013-14 for its production of Borodin’s Prince Igor and sang First Lady in Boston Lyric Opera’s The Magic Flute. Ms. Hansen joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in the 2012-13 season for their productions of Carmen, Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and sang as Musetta in La bohème with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (Deemed “Sonorous” by the Cedar Rapids Gazette). She also joined the Tallahassee Community Chorus that fall as the Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Other notable engagements include singing in concert at Boston’s Hatch Shell with the Landmarks Orchestra as Tatyana, Rosina and Countess Almaviva; Carmina Burana with the Charlotte Symphony; Poulenc’s Gloria with the Plymouth Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Greensboro Symphony; Mozart’s Missa Brevis and an opera recital in Aiken, SC; and Beatrice in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of The Inspector by John Musto. During the 2010-11 season, Meredith Hansen was a featured performer with the Boston Lyric Opera’s Signature Series (alongside opera great Joyce Castle), and made her Opera Boston debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio. She also made her role debut as Gretel in Boston Lyric Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, made her Jordan Hall debut as Donna Anna in Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great: Don Giovanni,” and sang as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Bozeman Symphony. Other highlights include her mainstage debut as Frasquita in Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera, conducted by Keith Lockhart; singing as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Plymouth Philharmonic; in the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Opera Gala; and her Boston Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall debuts, singing Elijah under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Additionally, she performed a program of scenes and arias (Juliette, Elettra, Violetta and others) on The Esplanade with Boston Lyric Opera and the Landmarks Orchestra, conducted by Charles Ansbacher. A Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant nominee, she has sung as Gilda with the Newton Symphony Orchestra, as well as Countess and Rosalinde with Opera by the Bay, Miss Silverpeal in Mozart’s The Impresario with MetroWest Opera, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Quincy Choral Society, Verdi’s Requiem with the Paul Madore Chorale, and Messiah with Commonwealth Opera. Ms. Hansen was chosen for the final rounds of the 45th Annual Francisco Viñas Singing Contest in Barcelona, Spain, and awarded First Place in the Charles Lynam Competition, the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, and the Opera Birmingham Competition (where she was also selected as the Audience Favorite). She has been a Regional Semi-Finalist and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; 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 at the Opera Institute at Boston University.


CONCERT INFORMATION

Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 pm

Keefe Center for the Arts
117 Elm Street, Nashua
(Parking and Directions)

 

TICKET PRICES

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Programs are subject to change. Tickets are nonrefundable. Group rates are available. Children age 5+ are welcome. Exchanges can be made up to 24 hours before the originally scheduled concert date. Please call for availability. Online ticket sales are available until 4 pm on the day of the concert. The box office at the concert venue opens one and a half hours before the concert.
*Free youth tickets available with purchase of an adult or senior ticket.

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

An Americana Holiday with Act of Congress I Manchester

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An Americana Holiday with Act of Congress

SUN, DECEMBER 8 • 3:00 PM
Dana Center at St. Anselm, Manchester

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One of the freshest sounding, exuberant bands in all of the known acoustic universe
— NPR

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Act of Congress,

The organic sound of Act of Congress is consistently voted one of the "Must See Live Acts of Alabama." 



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. Act of Congress was selected artist for “Keep Alabama Beautiful,” and is currently performing original music at live venues, festivals, and national symphonies; including five performances with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 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.


CONCERT INFORMATION

Sunday, December 8th at 3 pm

The Dana Center at St Anselm College

100 St Anselm Dr
Manchester, NH

 

TICKET PRICES

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Programs are subject to change. Tickets are nonrefundable. Group rates are available. Children age 5+ are welcome. Exchanges can be made up to 24 hours before the originally scheduled concert date. Please call for availability. Online ticket sales are available until 4 pm on the day of the concert. The box office at the concert venue opens one and a half hours before the concert.
*Free youth tickets available with purchase of an adult or senior ticket.

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Dec
28
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Lippia's Sinatra and Friends

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Steve Lippia’s Sinatra and Friends

SAT, DECEMBER 28 •7:30 PM
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua

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Roger Kalia, conductor
Steve Lippia, vocals

Frank Sinatra Tribute

Join us as we pay homage to one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

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Steve Lippia, vocals

Steve has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation. Steve’s youthful, energetic talent and powerful show create a perfect blend of “classic” with “today.” His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music while appealing to long-time listeners.

Steve Lippia has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of "standards" and traditional pop music in the nation. Steve's youthful, energetic talent and powerful show create a perfect blend of "classic" with "today." His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music while appealing to long-time listeners.

Steve began his career heading 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, among others.

Steve has become a favorite of symphonies and has performed to sold-out symphony audiences across North America. Steve has headlined to SRO crowds at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman orchestras. He performed in a highly successful European Jazz Festival Tour which resulted in a nationally televised special on Finnish TV2.

Steve's TV appearances include Extra, FOX's Good Day New York, CNN's Showbiz Today, ABC and the BBC.

Steve is originally from Connecticut but makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and two miniature German Schnauzers.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Hailed as a conductor who leads with "passionate intensity" and recognized as "one to watch," Roger Kalia is one of America's most exciting young conductors. A recipient of a 2013 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Hailed as a conductor who leads with "passionate intensity" and recognized as "one to watch," Roger Kalia is one of America's most exciting young conductors. A recipient of a 2013 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He began his tenure in 2015, and was recently awarded a two-year contract extension, becoming only the second assistant conductor in Pacific Symphony's history to receive this honor. Kalia also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, the premier musical arts festival in the region. Previously, he served for two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in a variety of performances and invigorated the orchestra’s engagement with the community. Kalia has also held Music Director positions with both the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the state and only its fourth music director. In June 2016, Kalia led the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a highly successful tour of China, which marked the orchestra’s second international tour and its first to Asia.

In addition to his current positions, Kalia is in consistent demand as a guest conductor. In the 2017-2018 season, he makes his European subscription debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland, and returns to conduct the Bakersfield Symphony. Further recent and upcoming engagements include the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Long Beach Symphony, Camarada Chamber Orchestra of San Diego, Great Falls Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and Adrian Symphony, among others. He has collaborated with such artists as Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, Randy Newman, the B-52s, Jack Black, Dan Dunn, Fei-Fei Dong, and Misha Dichter, and has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Kalia has worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others. Kalia conducted the Memphis Symphony in 2011 after winning Second Prize in their International Conducting Competition, which led to his debut the following season and launched his professional career.

Kalia started his career as Music Director of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles (2012-2015), following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn. Kalia led the orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by acclaimed video game and film composers. Highlights of his tenure included four world premieres, collaborations with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness at the orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Gala Concert, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary. In addition, Kalia led the Debut Orchestra in the orchestra’s first-ever performance at the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral (the largest church in Los Angeles) in December 2012 for the Virgin of Guadalupe Festival with more than 2,000 people in attendance as well as being live-streamed worldwide.

In addition to being a two-time recipient (2017 and 2013) of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia also held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program, and the 2010 American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Robert Spano. He was also an active participant at the 2011 Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, chosen by Marin Alsop. That same year David Zinman invited him to conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele. In 2013 Kalia worked with Kurt Masur at his annual Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music. Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with the Colburn School and Cal State Fullerton, and he recently conducted the 2018 Missouri All-State Symphony Orchestra.

A native of New York, Kalia received his Doctorate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble. He also holds degrees from the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager.


CONCERT INFORMATION

Saturday, December 28th at 7:30 pm

Keefe Center for the Arts
117 Elm Street, Nashua
(Parking and Directions)

 

TICKET PRICES

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Programs are subject to change. Tickets are nonrefundable. Group rates are available. Children age 5+ are welcome. Exchanges can be made up to 24 hours before the originally scheduled concert date. Please call for availability. Online ticket sales are available until 4 pm on the day of the concert. The box office at the concert venue opens one and a half hours before the concert.
*Free youth tickets available with purchase of an adult or senior ticket.

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