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VOICES Chorale Presents “An Evening…”
April 19 @ 7:30 pm$15
Enjoy another in VOICES’ series of enjoy-at-home music entertainment programs, open to all. APRIL 19, at 7:30 PM: AN EVENING OF LATE 19th & 20th CENTURY SONG & LECTURE
Alex Meakem, soprano, and Michael Banks, baritone, accompanied by Akiko Hosaki, will present an evening of beloved vocal works drawn from the late 19th and 20th centuries. The concert will feature songs, duets and arias by Puccini, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and others, highlighting the human experiences of love and longing though some of their most cherished works.
Dr. David A. McConnell, Artistic Director of Voices Chorale, NJ will offer context and commentary.
Admission $15. Sign up and details on https://www.voiceschoralenj.org
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Alto Alex Meakem is a NJ born classical singer and chorister. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, a member of Voices Chorale NJ Choral Scholars Program and is currently on the teaching staff of VCNJ’s online music education program. Alex has performed in venues across the tri-state area and in France and England.
Baritone Michael Thaddius Banks has sung in amateur and professional ensembles and productions around the Tri-state area. He was a member of the Westminster Choir, has performed with The Princeton Festival, with Boheme Opera New Jersey and has been heard in several churches as a section leader and soloist in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Akiko Hosaki, collaborative pianist, serves as accompanist with Voices Chorale NJ. She has worked with several opera companies in the U.S. and Japan, and is an active chamber musician. Dr. Hosaki currently serves as the head of vocal staff accompanists and the pianist coordinator at Westminster Choir College, and Senior Choir Director/organist at Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone, where she runs the concert series. She holds degrees from Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan, Westminster Choir College, and University of Minnesota.
Dr. David A. McConnell, Artistic Director of Voices Chorale NJ, founded Vox Philia in 2012, a chamber choir comprised of professional and gifted amateur singers, and co-founded the Berks Sinfonietta chamber orchestra in 2014, both of which feature an intergenerational approach. Dr. McConnell teaches music courses at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus and Alvernia University in Reading, PA. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
ABOUT VOICES CHORALE NJ
Voices Chorale NJ is an auditioned chorus with members from throughout central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Under the direction of Dr. David A. McConnell, who took over in August of 2018, Voices Chorale NJ performed concerts in December 2018, May 2019 and December 2019. Voices was founded by Dr. Lyn Ransom in 1987. Voices Chorale NJ carries that legacy forward with its mission to inspire audiences with outstanding music, provide performance opportunities for skilled singers, and to provide musical education opportunities for youth and adults. For more information, please visit our website www.voiceschoralenj.org
Though they haven’t been able to come together in person the past eleven months, members of Voices Chorale NJ and other members of the singing community have enjoyed learning and camaraderie through an Online Singer Education Program and special music events including those noted above.