SALEM CLASSICAL presents tenor Fred VanNess with pianist James J. Meyers

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Tenor Fred C. VanNess Jr., noted for having a “domineering, fine voice” was recently heard with the Salem Philharmonic in Salem, Massachusetts as a featured soloist. Mr. VanNess has sung with numerous opera companies throughout New England including Don Jose in Carmen with the North End Music Performing Arts Center, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Longwood Opera, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera del West. His other credits include Rodolfo in La Boheme, Dr. Cajus in Falstaff, Charlie in Das Kliene Magahonny and Fenton in Falstaff as part of the Montefeltro Music Festival in Novafeltria, Italy. As a concert artist he has been a featured soloist with the Lake Charles Symphony, Salem Philharmonic in Salem, Ma, Reagle Theatre in Waltham, Ma and Castle of Our Skins a group of musicians dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. His other concert credits include Handels’s Juddas Maccabeus, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 131 and Scott Joplin's 100th Anniversary of his opera Treemonisha. Mr. VanNess has been awarded the first-place prize for the North Shore Star presented by The Beverly Rotary Club. He is also a recipient of The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Career Grant. In 2012 and 2013 Mr. VanNess was invited to be the guest soloist for the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps' Embracing the Legacy Awards at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.

Keyboardist James J. Myers is in demand as vocal coach, lecturer, adjudicator and clinician. Sharing the stage with leading artists of our age, he has collaborated with Christine Brewer, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Robert McDuffie, Nadine Sierra, Chris Thile, and Renée Fleming, and with composers Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, and Philip Glass. He has supported masterclasses of Jane Eaglen, Sylvia McNair, Abby Simon, Wagnerian Linda Watson, and the late violin virtuoso Zvi Zeitlin, and served as pianist/adjudicator for Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and annually with Classical Singer National Convention, where two of his singers have won First Prize Artist’s Division. Directing a dynamic coaching studio, his students have secured roles at Vienna State Opera, Bregenz, Glimmerglass, Central City, Santa Fe, Merola, Sarasota and Idyllwild festivals, and won scholarships to Juilliard, Indiana, and Eastman. For six seasons he has enjoyed an affiliation with Boston Lyric Opera as Coach/Pianist and lecturer at venues throughout New England on topics including Music of Matisse, Tonadilla and Zarzuela, Architecture and Acoustics, Enlightenment Austria, Beaumarchais’s Figaro, on Gustav Klimt in the coming season, and all of BLO’s pre-performance lectures. In addition he serves with Boston Conservatory’s opera team, and was recently engaged with the Berklee-BoCo Summer Opera Intensive in Valencia, Spain, at Placido Domingo’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. Mr. Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, where he was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship.

PROGRAM:

To Where You Are Richard Marx, Linda Thompson

Widmung Robert Schumann

Allerseelen Richard Strauss

From Five Elizabethan Songs Ivor Gurney

Orpheus Sleep

“No one is Alone” from Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim

“Being Alive” from Company Stephen Sondheim

Lenski’s Aria from Eugene Onegin Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Chanson Triste L'invitation au Voyage Henri Duparc

23rd Psalm from An American Requiem Keith Gates

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