Victor Herbert's THE DEBUTANTE
Nov
19
to Nov 20

Victor Herbert's THE DEBUTANTE

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The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! presents:

The Debutante

Tuesday-Wednesday,
November 19th & 20th, 2019 8PM

1914, musical comedy
Music by Victor Herbert
Libretto by Harry B. Smith
Lyrics by Robert B. Smith

Ah, Love in Paris! Being engaged at birth proves awkward for Elaine and Philip when they come of age with other exotic ideas. There’s a romantically-inclined French Marquis for her, a Russian Opera Diva for him. Mix in an opera composer avoiding his suffragette wife, and the same Russian Opera Diva enticing “dear old dad.”  Mistaken identity abounds as the whole lot descends upon Paris. Of course, true love triumphs in the end.  Hear again “The Face Behind the Mask,” “Call Around Again,” “The Love of the Lorelei,” “All for the Sake of A Girl” and “Never Mention Love When We’re Alone.”

Featuring Claire Leyden, in her third season with the company, as Elaine.

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120 West 69th Street, NYC

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DER FREISCHÜTZ
Dec
4
to Dec 15

DER FREISCHÜTZ

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DER FREISCHÜTZ

Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Libretto by Friedrich Kind


Conceived, adapted and directed by Louisa Proske
Co-Directed by Chloe Treat
Newly arranged and music directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English dialogues by Michaël Attias and Louisa Proske

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A returning veteran brings the stench of war back to his small town. A young man in crisis is unable to live up to his community’s standards of masculinity. Two women’s friendship helps them navigate the macho culture they were born into. Performance anxiety before a brutal test leads to a deal with the devil. A gun goes off...

Evening Performances
December 4 - 7, 10 - 14, 2019
8:00 p.m.

Matinee Performances
December 8 & 15, 2019
3:00 p.m.

FROM LOUISA PROSKE:

“The themes of this very German opera find a resonant sounding board in current-day America. I am excited to make a version of Weber’s Der Freischütz that plugs both into the strangeness and otherness of this story set deep in a 17th century Bohemian forest, and that uses it to speak about the here and now - not a literal 2019, but a mythical America, a poetic world where the line into the national unconscious is crossed, and weird, disturbing images are stirred up. We know this small town and we know these characters! With a score that ranges from exuberant folksy tunes to avant garde sound painting, Daniel Schlosberg and I are thrilled to embark on yet another collaboration, picking up on Weber’s choices and pushing them even further with our new Heartbeat arrangement - all while celebrating the beautiful, varied vocal writing that can hold its own with the very best 19th century opera has to offer. This is an opera neglected by larger companies that Heartbeat can breathe fresh life into - with newly translated English dialogues, and a thrilling, immersive staging that transforms Baruch Performing Arts Center into a vertiginous landscape full of sound and fury, retina-burn images and strange, unforgettable encounters.”

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IOLANTHE
Oct
26
to Oct 27

IOLANTHE

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The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present:

IOLANTHE

or, The Peer and the Peri

OCT. 26 - 2 & 7:30 PM
OCT. 27 - 3:00 PM

The fairy Iolanthe, banished 25 years ago for marrying a Peer of the Parliament, is back in town along with her son Strephon. He’s half fairy, half mortal, and totally in love - as is the Lord Chancellor and every other Peer...with the very same girl! It’s certainly not politics as usual, as the affairs of state in fairyland take center stage, the tasty tunes take wing and hilarity takes the day.

“A MADCAP VICTORIAN FAIRYTALE, RIFE WITH MERRIMENT AND SPLENDID SINGING!" - THE NEW YORK TIMES

Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

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BRAHMS REQUIEM
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

BRAHMS REQUIEM

Join the Monmouth Civic Chorus’ Annual Summer Sing!

Claire Leyden, soprano
Kenneth Wasser, baritone

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Monmouth Reform Temple (332 Hance Ave, Tinton Falls)

Repertoire: Brahms Requiem

$10 adult; $5 students (pay at door)

Scores are provided

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY
Jul
25
to Aug 4

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

A play by Katie Forgette

July 25 – August 4

Holmes (and Watson) are on the case! This time they’re tied up with some real life characters including legendary playwright and raconteur Oscar Wilde and starlet Lillie Langtry. Langtry is being blackmailed because of her illicit relationship with the Duke of Windsor. And of course, Holmes nemesis, Moriarity, is behind it all! Twisting, turning, mysterious fun!

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Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31  at 2 p.m.
Thursday, August 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 4 at 2 p.m.

Open Captioning is offered on Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices (Individual tickets on sale February 15th)

General Admission: $35
Seniors (60+): $33
College Students (with ID): $19
Children (under 18): $14
Groups (15+): $27 (advanced booking recommended)

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (or The Rascals of the Rappahannock)
May
22
to Jul 7

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (or The Rascals of the Rappahannock)

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
or The Rascals of the Rappahannock

Claire Leyden as Mabel

The Pirates of Penzance with a delightful twist! Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta is as appealing today as it was over a century ago. But instead of the rocky coast of Cornwall, we are in late eighteenth century Virginia, when King George III ruled the colony. The famous soft-hearted pirates (lately of Penzance) are endeavoring to plunder with aplomb along the banks of the famous Rappahannock River. Meanwhile, the blundering Redcoats of the British army are desperately trying to keep tabs on both the pirates and the befuddled Major General George Boshington. Hilarity ensues as the young apprentice Frederick leaves the rollicking band of pirates and falls in love with Boshington’s beautiful daughter Mabel. The Pirates of Penzance - The Rascals of the Rappahannock promises to be a production to delight all ages with marvelous music, funny patter and glorious singing providing entertainment full of laughter, fun and frolic.

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BROADWAY WORLD

PERFORMANCES:

Wednesday Matinees

  • 11:30am: Dinner & Show Arrival

  • 1:00pm: Show Only Arrival

  • 1:30pm: Performance Start

Thurs. - Sat. Evenings

  • 5:30pm: Dinner & Show Arrival

  • 7:00pm: Show Only Arrival

  • 7:30pm: Performance Start

Sunday Matinees

  • 1:00pm: Dinner & Show Arrival

  • 2:30pm: Show Only Arrival

  • 3:00pm: Performance Start

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CARMINA BURANA (NY)
May
4
to May 5

CARMINA BURANA (NY)

The Taghkanic Chorale, under the baton of Maestro Jason Tramm, presents:

Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA

Claire Leyden, Soprano
Michael Nansel, Baritone
Justin Gonzales, Tenor 

Part of “A Celebration of Spring”
May 4th and 5th, 2019

Other works on the program include:
Dello Joio  A Jubilant Song
Barber  Reincarnations, Op. 16
Ives  Psalm 90

The very dramatic Carmina Buranawhich cemented Carl Orff's place among most famous twentieth century composers will be preceded by three shorter works by equally important composers of the last one hundred years.

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Victor Herbert's SWEETHEARTS
Apr
30
to May 1

Victor Herbert's SWEETHEARTS

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The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! presents:

Victor Herbert’s
SWEETHEARTS

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 30th-May 1st, 2019
8pm, 120 West 69th Street, NYC
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Political Intrigue! Shenanigans! VHRP LIVE! closes its Fifth Season with the classic 1913 operetta Sweethearts, in which a handsome prince is about to take a throne, a lost princess is found, international politicians maneuver, and a pre-World War I #MeToo song about the  “Game of Love”  that will raise eyebrows. PLUS: “On Parade,” “Sweethearts,” “For Every Lover Must Meet His Fate,” “Jeannette and Her Little Wooden Shoes,” and “In the Convent They Never Taught Me That!” A Herbert love operetta at its best, respectfully revised by Alyce Mott. The New Victor Herbert Orchestra (NVHO) supports the company at this final show of the season.

This season’s company consists of Claire Leyden, Bray Wilkins, Sarah Caldwell Smith, Alexa Delvin, David Seatter, Joanie Brittingham, Drew Bolander, Vira Slywotzky, Tanya Roberts, Tom Carle, Jovanie Demetrie, Matthew Wages, Brian Kilday, JoAnna Geffert, Sue Case, Hannah Kurth, Colm Fitzmaurice, and Jonathan Fox Powers.

Specially Priced Online Tickets are $10 (students), $20 (seniors) and $35 (general admission) are on sale starting August 15th 2018. If you wait to pay at the door, it’s $10 (students), $25 (Seniors) and $40 (Adults). All working entertainment members get $20 admission with presentation of a union card.

The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!
Presents: Sweethearts
8pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019
8pm, Wednesday, May1, 2019
All performances take place at
Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
Between Broadway and Columbus.
Order by phone at (917) 815-8899.
Please do not call the church for information.
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The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! is the world’s only company exclusively devoted to bringing the music of Victor Herbert , an Irish-American composer, conductor, musician, and orchestration legend to the attention of contemporary audiences. Herbert indelibly influenced the foundations of American musical theater as well as American popular music.

VHRP LIVE! is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2014 by the company’s Artistic Director Alyce Mott, a leading Herbert historian and librettist and Music Director Michael Thomas. In addition, VHRP LIVE! comprises a core group of resident artists, as well as a rotating roster of classically trained singers who perform regularly in well regarded classical and popular music venues in New York City, nationally and internationally.

VHRP LIVE! is supported by generous funding from The Victor Herbert Foundation.

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CARMINA BURANA (NJ)
Apr
6
to Apr 7

CARMINA BURANA (NJ)

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CARMINA BURANA: A SCENIC CANTATA

Monmouth Civic Chorus joins forces with the Roxey Ballet to present Carl Orff’s towering Carmina Burana.  Featuring original choreography by Roxey Ballet, this magnificent performance brings to life Orff’s vision of a cantata with chorus, instruments and magical images.

Claire Leyden, soprano soloist

Conducted by Maestro Ryan Brandau

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal, NJ

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Premium Seats: Regular $38; Senior $35; Group $32
Reserved Seats: Regular $32; Senior $30; Group $28; Student $15

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MAGNIFICAT at Carnegie Hall
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

MAGNIFICAT at Carnegie Hall

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Carnegie Hall Debut!

MAGNIFICAT

(FEATURING MUSIC FROM RUTTER, LARSEN, GJEILO AND MORE)

Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 | 2:00 PM

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Nancy Menk, Guest Conductor

Magnificat - Music for Women's Voices
Brahms: Ave Maria
M. Haydn:  Magnificat (Magnify the Lord)
Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
Larsen: Canticle of Mary
Gjeilo: Gloria
Moore: Always Keep This Close 
 

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Claire Leyden, Soprano
Lindsey Anderson, Mezzo-Soprano

TICKETS and More Information

Carnegie Hall Website

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FALLING IN LOVE FOR 160 YEARS
Feb
26
to Feb 27

FALLING IN LOVE FOR 160 YEARS

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The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! presents:

Victor Herbert’s Birthday Soirée
FALLING IN LOVE FOR 160 YEARS

Falling In Love for 160 Years Opens Tuesday-Wednesday, February 26-27, 2019
8pm, 120 West 69th Street, NYC
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VHRP’s second performance in the season will be Falling in Love For 160 Years— a Soirée in celebration of Victor Herbert’s 160th Birthday. This revue will explore Victor Herbert’s masterful love compositions. The company has pulled together crowd favorites and added in one or two that may have never heard before as they honor the King of Romance, born on February 1, 1859. Incredibly gifted and versatile, the fabulous Victor Herbert entered this world 160 years ago this month and thrilled Americans with gorgeous melodies of love for almost 40 years. Enjoy a  Soirée for Herbert featuring “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life,”  “Falling in Love With Someone,”   “Sweethearts,” “Thine Alone,” “Gypsy Love Song,” and more.

Specially Priced Online Tickets are $10 (students), $20 (seniors) and $35 (general admission) are on sale starting August 15th, 2018. If you wait to pay at the door, it’s $10 (students), $25 (Seniors) and $40 (Adults). All working entertainment members get $20 admission with presentation of a union card.

The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!
Presents: Falling In Love for 160 Years
8pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
8pm, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
All performances take place at
Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
Between Broadway and Columbus.
Order by phone at (917) 815-8899.
Please do not call the church for information.
Buy Tickets on-line: 
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IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Opera New Hampshire)
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Opera New Hampshire)

Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia

The Barber of Seville 

February 10, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH

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Opera NH is pleased to bring Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville to the Palace Theatre!

People who have never been to an opera or think they know nothing about it, know at least one aria: the "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's II BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA— The Barber of Seville. It's the ultimate tongue-twisting patter song (where would Gilbert & Sullivan be without it?) and it comes early in the opera: its the opera's centerpiece: "Figaro here! Figaro there! Figaro up! Figaro down!" Rossini's opera, with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini, was a musicalization of the first of three plays featuring the barber Figaro and his master, the Count Almaviva, by the 18th-century French playwright Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Everyone wants a piece of this clever barber, and it's the nature of farcical hysteria that the hero has to be in more than one place at a time. The Barber of Seville may not have the deep humanity of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, or Mozart's profound musicality, but it's a dazzling and hilarious concoction—one of the most delightful comic musicals the opera-going public ever took to its collective heart. By: Lloyd Schwartz, Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix and classical music critic for NPR.

TEATRO LIRICO’S CLASSICAL BARBER A CUT ABOVE! “The touring company began its annual, much anticipated visit to town (Boston) Thursday night at the Cutler Majestic Theatre with a solid engaging performance of Rossini’s comedy THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. Baritone Vladimir Samsonov’s Figaro was generous of personality and winningly sturdy of voice. Bernardini relaxed into a fine performance as Almaviva. His voice gained in beauty and suppleness. Zhelezova’s finely modulated, silky smooth sound caressed the ear, and her portrayal of the feisty young woman (Rosina) was spot on. And Sarafov was the kind of Bartolo who really sings instead of bluffing his way through the part. As ever with Giorgio Lalov, the company’s artistic director, this was truly a production of Rossini’s opera, not a director’s idea of what that opera should be.”

BOSTON HERALD – T.J. Medrek

 

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (NYGASP on tour)
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (NYGASP on tour)

Gilbert & Sullivan's

The Pirates of Penzance

With the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players & Orchestra

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

McCarter Theatre Center
Matthews Theatre
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

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Doing one’s duty may be honorable, but becoming its slave, to the point of honoring an apprenticeship to a band of pirates, is a typical Gilbertian comment on excess. Frederic is the erstwhile apprentice of these sentimental pirates who, now that he is 21 years old, has decided to devote himself to the extermination of piracy – until he discovers, in another Gilbertian twist, that his 21st birthday won’t occur until the distant date of 1940 because he was born in leap year on Feb. 29th. Kissing romantic Mabel farewell, he must return to his former colleagues after disclosing that her father, Major-General Stanley, has lied to the Pirate King about being an orphan, the well known secret for any captive to obtain mercy. The pirates seek revenge for having been played, easily defeat a band of diffident and out-gunned policemen, and then yield “in Queen Victoria’s name” when it is revealed that they are all noblemen who have gone wrong.

“Opulent...colorful and inventive...beautifully crafted...The chorus of pirates, daughters and policemen sang and acted delightfully, and the orchestra, conducted by Mr. Bergeret, supported the cast with robust playing guaranteed to warm the most demanding Savoyard’s heart.

— The New York Times

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Opera on a Winter's Night
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Opera on a Winter's Night

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Opera on a Winter’s Night

The John F. Peto Studio Museum and the Garden State Philharmonic present an evening of opera favorites featuring soprano soloist, Claire Leyden, tenor soloist, Tom Mulder, and pianist, Craig Ketter.

DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2019

TIME: 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Island Heights United Methodist Church, 111 Ocean Avenue, Island Heights, NJ.

DINNER DISCOUNT: Show your concert ticket to receive a 15% discount on dinner at Serenity Café and Teresa’s Osaka, starting at 5:00 p.m. Valid on 1/26/19 only.

TICKETS: $30 for members; $35 for non-members; $50 for reserved seats. Purchase tickets at the door for $35 per personPurchase HERE

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About Claire Leyden, Soprano Soloist

Commended for her “magnetic stage presence” and “crystalline soprano,” Claire Leyden is an emerging singer and actress with an extensive background in operatic, oratorio, and musical theater repertoire. She is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship in Music, and was awarded an Emerging Talent Award in the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition. Claire feels equally at home in a variety of genres, and the diversity of her recent performances speaks to her love of, and versatility in, the “crossover” repertoire. Most recently, Claire appeared Off-Broadway in the new musical comedy HEIST! at The Players Theatre, where she originated the role of opera diva Cynthia Stitskaya. Her operatic credits include Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Despina (Così fan tutte), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Flora (La Traviata), and various light opera roles with the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and the College Light Opera Company. Claire is a frequent concert soloist will make her Carnegie Hall debut in March 2019. Claire is a recent alumna of Williams College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Music and English. She studies voice with Andrea DelGiudice in New York City.

 

About Tom Mulder, Tenor Soloist

Emerging as a versatile young artist, tenor Tom Mulder has had success in interpreting repertoire ranging from bel canto to modern opera to musical theater to chorus work with the Metropolitan Opera. Recent solo engagements include Merry Widow (Camille) with New Rochelle Opera, The Island of Tulipatan (Hermosa) with Light Opera of NY and Albany Records, Sir John in Love (Fenton) with Bronx Opera, the orchestral premier of Roscoe (O.B. Conway) with the Albany Symphony, My Fair Lady (Freddy) with Skylight Theater and Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) with NY Lyric Opera Main-stage. Tom has been a young artist at Caramoor, Seagle Music Colony and Opera Company of Middlebury and performed such roles as Falstaff (Fenton), Les Miserables (Marius), La Traviata (Alfredo), Così Fan Tutte (Ferrando), and L’Italiana in Algieri (Lindoro). He also received the Darren K. Woods Scholarship Award from Seagle Music Colony. Tom received his MM and BM in voice performance from Manhattan School of Music and Vanderbilt University respectively. He was fortunate to be a part of an NEA grant to bring western opera to China with a group of alumni from Vanderbilt University in 2014 and returned August of 2017 to the I-Sing China program to perform Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and learn operas in lyric Mandarin.

About Craig Ketter, Pianist

Critically acclaimed for “transporting the listeners to extraordinary heights” and  “into a world beyond time and space,” pianist Craig Ketter is known for playing with powerhouse sonority combined with long-lined, dulcet lyricism.  Mr. Ketter has performed as soloist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the South Orange Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Durham Symphony, the Rocky Ridge Music Festival Orchestra, and the American Festival for the Arts Orchestra.  His solo concerts have taken him to Mexico, Argentina, Barbados, France, Germany, Japan, and across the United States and Canada.

Complementing his solo performances with collaborative ventures, Mr. Ketter regularly joins forces with international singers and chamber groups. Venues include NPR’s Performance Today series, CBS Sunday Morning, Sirius Satellite Radio, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, La Huaca de Atlapa in Panama City, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, “Music in the Mountains” in Colorado, and The Marilyn Horne Foundation.  Musicians he has collaborated with include flutists Eugenia Zukerman and Carol Wincenc, clarinetists Stephen Williamson, Ricardo Morales, and Jon Manasse, cellists Robert deMaine and Eric Bartlett, violinists Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Roy Malan,  and Paul Huang, and singers Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Margaret Jane Wray, Cynthia Lawrence, Samuel Ramey, Paul Plishka, Ben Heppner, Cliff Forbis, and Robert White.  He has also performed with the esteemed actress Claire Bloom.

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