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Concert Season


February 18, 2018
L'Invitation au voyage:
Songs of Debussy, Fauré,
Duparc and Chausson
Sarah Cooper, soprano
Corey-James Crawford, countertenor
Sonya Headlam, soprano
Andrea Salazar, soprano
Martin Néron, pianist

March 18, 2018
Art Songs and Arias
David Friedman, baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

April 15, 2018
A Century of Spanish Dance
Ensemble Suite Iberia
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, pianist

May 27, 2018
Bright is the Ring of Words:
Music and Poetry of Britain
David Waterland, baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist


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

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

January 17, 2016
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

February 21, 2016
Markus Kaitila, piano

April 24, 2016
Children's Opera Program:
Beauty and the Beast
by Vittorio Giannini
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, Tenor
Jessica Kimple, Mezzo-Soprano
Todd Wachsman, Baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, 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

*members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra

October 30, 2016
Nicoletta Julia Berry, soprano
Yurika Mihara, pianist

November 13, 2016
A Cappella Group:
The Rough Dozen

December 18, 2016
Peter Griggs, classical guitarist

January 15, 2017
Granados and Ginastera: Nationalism, Tradition and Vogue
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, pianist

February 19, 2017
Olivia Smith, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

March 19, 2017
Lady Music: A Celebration
of Women Composers
Stefanie Izzo & Amelia Lubrano,
Catherine Frank & Jessica Anderson,

April 23, 2017
David Glukh, trumpet
Liya Petrides, soprano/pianist

May 21, 2017
Pictures at an Exhibition
music of
Mussorgsky and Prokofiev
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

October 15, 2017
Granados Anniversary Concert
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Marisol Espada, cello
Brian Ford, violin
Caitlin Caruso-Dobbs, soprano

November 19, 2017
The Vocalis Consort:
Music of Francis Poulenc
Christopher Reames, tenor
Igor Correa, actor
Martin Néron, piano

January 21, 2018
The Astoria Music Project presents
The Feminine Classique
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

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Canadian pianist Martin Néron is recognized for his passion for both the art song repertoire and linguistics. Praised as "an attentive partner" (Opera News), he has recorded different collections of French, Greek, and English art songs on the One Soul label, in addition to a program of songs by Mikis Theodorakis on the Romanos label. His latest CD featured Mikis Theodorakis' Mauthausen Cantata with the Shanghai Quartet, clarinetist Igor Begelman, and mezzo-soprano Lina Orfanou. Martin has also recorded several concerts as a soloist and collaborative artist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). His scholarly works on English, French, and German lyric diction, as well as French mélodie, have been featured in Australian Voice and Journal of Singing. His first book, Francis Poulenc: Selected Song Texts, was published by Leyerle. Publications He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (DMA), Westminster Choir College and Université de Montréal. Martin recently joined the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing Art Song Institute, and he is grateful, on behalf of Joy in Singing, to Mr. Christopher Bradshaw and The Church of the Redeemer for welcoming, into their series, contestants from Joy In Singing Art Song Competition.

Soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper earned her Master's Degree in Music from Westminster Choir College in May 2017. Previous credits include the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Micaela in Carmen, and Violetta in La Traviata. Now on the artist roster for the 2017-2018 season of the Boston Opera Collaborative, Sarah will perform the role of Mimi in La Bohème with the Company in April. In January 2018, Sarah was awarded the American Prize in Vocal Performance. In 2016, Sarah was a first-place winner of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition and the Westminster Choir College Voice Scholarship competition.

Countertenor Corey-James Crawford carries out his love of recital, oratorio, and choral repertoire performing on many of the main concert stages of the Metropolitan area, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Mr. Crawford presently serves as a Gentleman of the Choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue under the direction of Daniel Hyde, and can be heard as a soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as well as Muhly's Bright Mass with Canons on the choir's American Voices album. Together with pianist Martin Néron, he has recorded two albums of English and American art songs, Loveliest of Trees and Dream Valley, which were released under the One Soul label.

Praised for her engaging stage presence and voice of "liquid tone", Soprano Sonya Headlam maintains an active performance schedule in opera, concert, and recital repertoire. Recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and her regional opera house debut with Fargo-Morehead opera singing the role of Musetta in La Bohème. Ms. Headlam has twice performed on the Trinity Church Recital Series in Lower Manhattan, joining a rich history of renowned and emerging professional musicians. Born of Jamaican parentage, Sonya maintains close ties with the Caribbean where she has been active as a recitalist and soloist including a tour of Guadeloupe with members of the Cuban Philharmonic. Sonya holds performance degrees from Miami University of Ohio, and received additional training at Mannes College of Music in New York City. She is.pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University. Recent performances include the First Fairy in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the State Theater in New Brunswick, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Rutgers Opera.

Soprano Andrea Salazar was born in Quito, Ecuador. She began her musical studies at the age of four at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In 2012, the conservatory awarded her the Franz Liszt First Prize for her development and talent. She earned her bachelor's degree in voice performance at Westminster Choir College under the guidance of the founder of the YogaVoice Technique, Mark Moliterno, this past December. In 2016, she was the alto soloist in the production of Haydn's Requiem in C Minor at the Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, New Jersey. She also sang in the Mahler Symphony no. 8, Mozart's C Minor Mass and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She participated also as part of the ensemble in Rachmaninoff's Vespers, conducted by Joe Miller, at the New York Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky and His World Festival. In December 2016, she was a soloist in the production of the Ravel Opera L'enfant et les Sortiléges, at Westminster Choir College, conducted by William Hobbs. In October of 2017, she sang in the production of Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, at Carnegie Hall. In November of 2017, she participated as a member of the women of the Symphonic Choir performing Gustav Holst's The Planets with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Macelaru. In January of 2017, she sang at the New York City Bar Association as part of the Friday Evening Chamber Music at the Association.

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