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"Classical Favorites"

September 24, 2021 @ 7:30 pm EST

Boulevard West
104 W. Main Street, Clayton, NC

Elana Gleason, Soprano, Tyrone Chambers, Tenor, Jonathan Levin, Piano

Clayton Piano Festival's 10th Season celebration continues with a fun performance of classical, broadway, and opera favorites under the stars at Clayton's Boulevard West. Throughout the evening you will hear world renowned singers, Elana Gleason and Tyrone Chambers, as well as pianist and artistic director of Clayton Piano Festival, Jonathan Levin performing classical, opera, jazz, and modern masterpieces.

Program

Set I

 

Giacomo Puccini

“Chi il bel sogno” from La Rondine

 

Franz Lehár

“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” from The Land of Smiles

 

Giacomo Puccini

“O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi

 

Giuseppe Verdi

“Dio! mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali” from Otello

 

Charles Gounod

“The Jewel Song” from Faust

 

 

Set II

 

Pablo Sorozábal

“No Puede Ser” from La Tabernera del Puerto

 

Giuseppe Verdi

“Un di felice” from La traviata

 

Lerner and Loewe

“I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady

 

Robert Schumann

Widmung Op. 25, No. 1

 

Richard Strauss

"Cäcilie", Op. 27 No. 2

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Duet from The Phantom of the Opera

 

Leonard Bernstein

“Lonely Town” from On The Town

Stephen Sondheim

“That'll Show Him” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

Nicholas Brodszky 

“Be My Love” from Toast of New Orleans

 

 

Set III

 

George Gershwin/Arr. Earl Wild

Porgy and Bess Fantasy

 

Carlisle Floyd

“Ain’t It a Pretty Night” from Susannah 

 

George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue 

 

Wright/Forrest/Borodin

“Stranger in Paradise” from Kismet 

About the Artists

New Orleans´native son Tyrone Chambers, is an expressive and captivating tenor who, critics declare, sings with “artfully melting tenor, [and] represents a real asset.”  Recently making his Swiss debut, with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, he sang Joe in Gershwin’s Blue Monday. Roles include Diron Hachard in William Grant Still’s Minette Fontaine, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, King Nebuchadnezzar in The Burning Fiery Furnace, Gastone in La Traviata, Hans in Schwarzwaldmädel, and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the title role in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and a concert of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer all at Castle Henfenfeld.  As principal tenor and founding artist in New Orleans-based OperaCréole, Chambers created the role of Jean Torrès in Lucien Lambert’s La Flamenca and Basile Barès in a new work entitled Les Lions de la Reconstruction.

 

Mr. Chambers has been in Germany since the summer 2017 and frequently performs around the country.  The Süddeutsche Zeitung heralded him for singing with “tenorissimo…, fine in the heights, elegantly gliding on the tempi waves and in forte with powerful dedication.” He recently toured The Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Gala throughout western Europe and Scandinavia.  The 2019-2020 season was full for Mr. Chambers with performances in Brazil, in Germany with Papageno Musiktheater in Frankfurt and Opera et Cetera, and in the USA.  In February last year just before the world changed, he performed the role of Russell Davenport in the world premiere of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride at Chicago Opera Theater. Mr. Chambers resides in Mainz, Germany.  The artist has spent most of the pandemic in his hometown with his new baby niece and family and has managed to stay afloat with a smattering of virtual appearances and by regularly singing mass at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church New Orleans.

Elana Gleason, hailed by the New York Post for "flaunt[ing] pinpoint finesse on high B’s and C’s” and by Opera News for singing with a “particularly beautiful soprano,” is a versatile artist making her mark on the regional opera scene. This past season, her performances included the title character in Manon, Agnes Sorel in Maid of Orleans with New Orleans Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Mobile Opera, Krystyna Zywulska in the university premiere of Two Remain, and the soprano soloist in Opera Louisiane’s Opening Night gala.

 

In the previous season, Elana had the pleasure of debuting the role of Joan of Arc in Maid of Orleans, performing Judit in Bluebeard’s Castle, creating the role of Elizabeth in the university premiere of Kevin Puts’ Elizabeth Cree, singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and accompanying Lisette Oropesa as a soloist in her concert “Starry Night”.Other highlights include Marguerite in Faust, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in The Merry Widow, Violetta in La Traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, and the title role in Tosca.

 

She has made professional appearances with New Orleans Opera, Marigny Opera, the Lake Charles Symphony, the Natchez Festival of Music, Mississippi Opera, Opera Louisiane, The Clayton Piano Festival, La Piccola Opera, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Dicapo Opera, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Allentown Symphony, and the Bard Summerscape Festival.​Ms. Gleason is a recent semi-finalist in both the McCammon Vocal Competition and the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. She will compete for the finals of McCammon in September of 2020.

 

In 2019, she placed second in Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser competition. She was also the first place winner of the Collegiate Scenes Competition at the National Opera Association in both 2019 and 2020. 

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Praised by the New York Concert Review as “much more than a pianist, but a musician with a fine mind and enormously promising creative energy”, Jonathan Levin has established himself as a compelling pianist, composer, concert producer and music entrepreneur, creating innovative programs and and cross cultural events which reach diverse audiences throughout the world.

 

Jonathan presented a special performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia as a part of the 4th Melody of Generations Festival with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, and has made solo appearances in major venues across the US including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Beneroya Hall.  He has been a laureate of many competitions and prizes including the National Stillman-Kelley Award, 2nd Prize at the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and recipient of the Alan Walker Award from the American Liszt Society.  

 

Jonathan is Artistic Director and Founder of Clayton Piano Festival in Clayton, NC which is now in its 10th season of concerts, public classes, school outreach and other community events.  The festival creates accessible, educational, world-class concerts and music presentations that uniquely enrich the cultural life of the region.