The Voices of Cooperstown will present its annual Christmas concert at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. This year’s performance will feature George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Dan Foster will once again act as guest conductor for a performance featuring soloists, orchestra, and the 45-member Voices of Cooperstown choir. Tickets are on sale at Augur’s Bookstore on Main Street in Cooperstown at $18 per person for adults and $10 per person for students through 12th grade.
Foster is a conductor, keyboard artist and tenor soloist with regional groups such as Albany Pro Musica, St. Rose Camerata, and Crescendo Berkshires. Foster recently made his Carnegie Hall debut leading Aoede Consort in the world premier of Vladimir Pleshakov’s choral music. Foster is the music director of The New Opera at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he conducts his ensemble from the harpsichord. He is also the orchestra director and continuo player/jazz pianist for Music in the Somerset Hills in New Jersey.
Soprano Susan Vaules Lin, a Cooperstown native, returns once again to sing in her childhood home and church. Lin lives in the Washington, D.C. area and regularly performs with Renaissance specialists Chantry, an 18-member a capella ensemble whose concerts have been praised in the Washington Post as “extraordinarily expressive,” and “exuberant.” Lin has been featured in performances at the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, and La Madelaine in Paris, as well as numerous other concert halls and churches in the D.C. area. She will be joined by Aleksandra Romano, Derrick Smith and Joshua Bouillon.
Romano, a native of New Haven, Conn., is a D.C. District Prize-Winner in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. The mezzo-soprano’s upcoming roles include the mother in Glimmerglass’ 2014 production of “Madame Butterfly,” and Angelina in “La Cenerentola” with Yale Opera, also in 2014. Romano has received prizes from Yale University, The Bard College Concerto Competition, the Classical Singer University Competition and the Presser Foundation. She is a graduate of Bard College.