Dedicated In memory of Jack Carney
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7PM – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – 2301 Flora, Dallas TX 75201
Our annual performance of Handel’s most popular masterpiece, complete, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, with soloists including Anna Fredericka Popova, Soprano, Nicholas Garza, Countertenor, and Curtis Streetman, Bass.
Soprano Anna Fredericka Popova is the daughter of Dramatic Soprano and Teacher, Charlotte Ellsaesser. Ms. Popova is a leading soloist with ensembles including the Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, St. Thomas 5th Ave, the Arts District Chorale and many more. Last December she made her New York debut singing Messiah with the St. Thomas Men & Boys Choir and the Concert Royal as well as her Nashville debut as Stella in the brand new musical Chokin’ Out The Kudzu. Former credits include Jupiter in the New World Premier of baroque opera Las Nuevas Armas de Amor with the Orchestra of New Spain which was featured in Early Music America Magazine and Maddalena in Handel’s La Resurrezzione with the Dallas Bach Society. Ms. Popova has appeared on concert stages around the world – most notably the Cervantino International Baroque Music Festival in Mexico and the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival in Bolivia.
Nicholas Garza, countertenor, studied at University of Texas at Arlington as a Vocal Performance major with Jing Ling-Tam and David Grogan. Originally from Harlingen, Texas, Nicholas was a four-year Texas All-State Mixed Choir member, an Outstanding Soloist for Texas State Solo Ensemble, and a Competition winner in Classical Voice/Tenor at the 2010 NFAA YoungARTS. He has performed with Mountainside Baroque in Maryland as the Tenor soloist for the Telemann oratorio Der Tod Jesu and also was alto soloist for the Big Moose Bach Festival in New Hampshire. He worked with noted singer and conductor Simon Carrington as a singing fellow at the 2011 and 2012 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University. He performs with many professional groups around the Metroplex including the Dallas Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus and Christ the King Catholic Church. He has been called a “stand-out soloist” by the Dallas Morning News and has been hailed for his “appealing tenor, sinewy in the lower register, sweetly soft-edged on high.”
Praised by the New York Times for his “beautifully shaped and carefully nuanced singing,” tenor Derek Chester is steadily making a name for himself in the world of classical music. Mr. Chester received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied with Gregory Broughton. Though his career in concentrated primarily in concert work, Derek Chester holds his doctoral degree in opera studies has excelled in opera and musical theatre roles spanning nearly five centuries of repertoire. His theater and opera credits include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw, Oronte in Alcina, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Acis and Damon in Acis and Galatea, and Abel/Japheth in Children of Eden. Dr. Chester is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Northern Colorado. He is a featured soloist at the Staunton Music Festival and the Colorado Bach Festival. He continues his worldwide career as a sought after interpreter of concert and recital repertoire.
Curtis Streetman, bass, has sung the major bass roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), La Boheme (Colline), Don Giovanni (Leporello), Rigoletto (Sparafucile) as well as leads in Verdi, Handel and Rossini operas. Recent operatic performances include appearances at The Salzburg Festival, as well as opera houses in Naples, Vienna, Bilbao, Dortmund, and Victoria, B.C. Other recent operatic debuts include productions in Geneva, Basel, and at the Theatre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Hong Kong Arts Festival, and The San Juan Arts Festival. Mr. Streetman was featured in a Canadian tour of Bach’s St. John Passion, with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roi. He made his Kennedy Center debut with The National Symphony in performance of Handel’s Messiah. Other appearances include performances with The Cleveland Orchestra, in performances of Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust at Cleveland’s Severance Hall, as well as performances of Mozart’s Requiem with The San Diego Symphony.
Loge Box Seats – $100.00
Premium Seating – $50.00
General Admission pricing – $30.00
Senior/Student/Military discounted pricing – $25.00
Grand Tier General Admission – $10.00
Please note that all seating at the Meyerson is assigned.