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December 13, 2015
Olivia Smith, soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Mozart, Brahms, Britten

January 17, 2016
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

February 21, 2016
Operatic Favorites
Anna Noggle, soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

March 13, 2016
Arin Maisky, organ

April 17, 2016
Nate Festinger, piano

May 15, 2016
Bones of Contention
Brass Ensemble
Jeremy Kempton, tenor trombone
Alex Somer, tenor trombone
Jacob Elkin, tenor trombone
Nick Healy, bass trombone


September 15, 2013
Martin Söderberg, piano
Music of Spanish Composers

October 20, 2013
500 Years of Music
for Guitar
Peter Griggs, classical guitar

November 17, 2013
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Luis González, baritone
David Taubman, piano

January 19, 2014
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Luis González, baritone

February 16, 2014
Chamber Music Concert
Akiko Hosoi, violin
Laura Ha, violin
Alyssa Hardie Beckmann, viola
Midori Sadamatsu Witkowski, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Andrew Trombley, double bass
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

March 16, 2014
Filip Pogády, violin
Peter Fancovic, piano

May 18, 2014
Children's Program
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 19, 2014
Quartet for the End of Time
Chamber Music Recital
Catherine Lawlor, violin
Tony Park, clarinet
Elizabeth Kim, cello
Markus Kaitila, piano

November 16, 2014
The Studio of Nelson Ojeda Valdés
A Concert of Chamber Music

January 18, 2015
Rebecca Jordan, flute
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano

February 15, 2015
A Night at the Opera
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, tenor

March 22, 2015
Through Her Eyes:
A Celebration of Women in Music
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Catherine Frank, piano

April 19, 2015
The Three B's
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 18, 2015
Lynette Carveth, soprano
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Spanish Music
for Voice and Piano

November 15, 2015
Chamber Music
Students of
Nelson Ojeda Valdés

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After growing up with the Gingerbread Players of St. Luke's Church, Olivia Smith went to LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she graduated with the senior award for Outstanding Vocalist. She then studied with Jonathan Retzlaff at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where she graduated with honors in Operatic Performance. At the VISI Songfire Program in Vancouver, Canada, Olivia played Emme in the original production of Seaworthy. She has performed in the Westchester Arts Festival, the AIMS Lieder Festival in Graz, Austria, and has been a Studio Artist in the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience Festival in Savannah, Georgia.  Prior roles include Casilda (The Gondoliers), Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte), and Bea (Three Decembers) while working with composer Jake Heggie during his residency at Blair. She has sung Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in opera scenes with the New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall and The Symphony Space. Olivia's concert work has included the Lord Nelson Mass, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Ceremony of Carols, and a John Cage Tribute Concert with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has performed in Master Classes most notably with Roger Vignoles, Barbara Bonney, Gabriele Lechner, Sherrill Milnes, David Friedman, and Margo Garrett. Olivia is the soprano soloist at St. Lukes Episcopal Church and is coaching with Susan Caldwell. She is currently studying with Beth Roberts in the Masters of Music program at Mannes Conservatory in New York City.

A native of Monticello, New York, Christopher Bradshaw graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He then pursued his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Master of Music in piano performance, and completing the requirements for doctoral candidacy. He has performed at chamber music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Morges, Switzerland.

Christopher maintains a private studio as well as teaching piano for the Afterschool Programs at Little Red School House and Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. He accompanies and performs with the Astoria Symphonic Choir, and the glee clubs at the Buckley School. A member of the Bradshaw/Parker Piano Duo since 1992, he has performed a wide variety of four-hand and two-piano repertoire in the United States, Spain, Austria and Germany. In addition to solo and duo piano performance, he enjoys collaborating with vocalists on the art song repertoire, in part due to his interest in and study of the Spanish, French and Russian languages. He has served as Musical Director for the Brooklyn Theater Arts Project's productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Cabaret, at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. He currently serves as artistic director for the Church of the Redeemer Concert Series in Astoria, Queens.
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