Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Opus 56 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Scandinavian Suite for Solo Viola and Strings Frank Foerster (b. 1957)
Prologue: The Song of the Sea
Frank Foerster, viola
Mass No. 11 in d minor, “Lord Nelson Mass” Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Qui tollis, Quoniam tu solis
Agnus Dei, Dona nobis
Violist Frank Foerster enjoys a varied career as performing artist, composer and educator. He studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, at the Musikhochschule Hannover and with Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland. He received his masters and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and Karen Tuttle. Since 1988, he has been principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and he recently performed Bartok’s viola concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with this orchestra. After winning the Aspen Concerto Competition, he performed Hindemith’s viola concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he performs with New York based groups Vista Lirica and Beowulf Consort.
His talent as a composer became apparent in 2007, in a recital at Manhattan’s Donnell Auditorium, when he and pianist Colette Valentine performed several of Foerster’s own compositions. New York Scandia Symphony commissioned him to write several works, among them the Scandinavian Suite for Viola and String Orchestra, Summer in Fort Tryon Parkand The Eagles of Inwood Hill.An avid educator, he has created numerous musical fairytale programs for students; these engaging programs, presented frequently by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s outreach programs, have been very successful in bringing understanding and appreciation of classical music to the new audiences of tomorrow. Since 2010 he is on the adjunct faculty of New Jersey City University, teaching viola, violin, chamber music and music history. In 2014 he received an ASCAP Composer’s Award for his creative work.
Soprano Stephanie Leotsakos, from Sparta, NJ makes her debut with the Vermont Philharmonic this season. A “strong and full voice soprano... who demonstrate[s] great poise and command of the music” (Princeton Town Topics), Stephanie was graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Music and Certificate in Vocal Performance in 2016 and has since had successful staged performances with Amore Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and the Princeton Opera Theatre as well as solo performances with orchestra with the Riverside Opera Company and Sussex County Youth Orchestra. She was recently applauded by Parterre Music Box Reviews for her “standout” performance as Frasquita in George Bizet's Carmenwith Amore Opera in NYC. Other staged roles includeSusanna/Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Anna (Tobias and the Angel), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Fortuna/Venere (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Amelia (Amelia Goes to the Ball), and Anna in her original opera OMG, self-produced in Princeton, NJ and off-Broadway in New York City in 2016. Partial roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Poussette (Manon), Magda (La Rondine), Violetta (Traviata), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Nanetta (Falstaff). Stephanie studies with David Kellett, maintains a healthy private studio for voice, violin, and piano, and assistant conducts the Sussex County Youth Orchestras and Schola Cantorum Quartet at Our Lady of Victory Church in Manhattan, NY.
Elizabeth Perryman, soprano, received a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Illinois, Masters in Voice at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes in NYC. Ms. Perryman has appeared with the Bronx Opera, Opera Brooklyn, Chelsea Opera, Pensacola Opera, Opera 691, Des Moines Opera, NJ Symphony, Plainfield Symphony, New York Lyric Opera Theater, and the Altamura Festival. Ms. Perryman has been a three time regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. From a review, “Perryman stunned with her visceral performance as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.” Ms. Perryman teaches elementary music in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
Tenor Adam Hall has returned to Vermont after leaving to study voice at The George Washington University and opera at The University of Maryland College Park. He has been contracted with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and many other fine companies, performing roles such as Duca di Mantua (Rigoletto), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), among others. As recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Mr. Hall was accepted to The Music Academy of the West where he studied and worked with Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones. In addition to performing the role of Tommy in Erik Nielsen's "A Fleeting Animal," he sings regularly with Counterpoint, Burlington Choral Society, Oriana Singers, and many other local groups. Mr. Hall currently resides in Burlington where he sings locally and abroad, runs the music program at First UMC Burlington, and teaches voice at St. Michael's College and Harwood Union High School.
Thomas Beard, an internationally known Lyric-Dramatic Baritone is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2003 Thomas became the only African-American male singer to be personally chosen by Maestro & Famous Tenor Placido Domingo to be a part of Washington National Opera's Placido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
He has performed as the Baritone for Orff's Carmina Burana, Händel's Messiah, Verdi's Missa da Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, the Ordering of Mosesby Detts, Pergolesi's Magnificat, and The Seven Last Words of Christby Dubois to name a few.
Thomas has performed internationally in Opera Roles including, Bonzo, Count Di Luna, Marcello, Gianni Schicchi, Escamillo, Scarpia, Rigoletto, Colline, Georgio Germont, Il Commendatore, Tonio, Gerard, Michonnet, and Porgy, just to name a few.
His Television Credits, include CNN, Fox, and National opening of the Cherry blossom festival. He has performed privately for former, President George W. Bush administration, Justice Ruth Ginsberg, dozens of embassies and the Funeral of Mrs. Rosa Parks.