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December 13, 2013

Cooperstown chorus to present 'Messiah'

The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Smith has sung in Europe, South America, Great Britain and Scandinavia to critical acclaim. At home, Smith, a bass, has sung with New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall and other major venues. Recently, Smith finished a recording of Civil War songs, titled “One Nation, Indivisible.”

Bouillon grew up in Upstate New York and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Liberty University. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music degree in vocal performance. Since graduation in May 2012, Joshua has participated in numerous Young Artist programs, including Green Mountain Opera, Opera North, and the Crescendo Summer Institute. He made his first European concert and opera debut in the summer, singing two solo recitals in Normandy and performing Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni” in Hungary.

Rehearsal conductor Tracey Allen is a music teacher at Richfield Springs Central School and the Children’s Chorus Master for the Glimmerglass Festival. She was a member of the Glimmerglass Adult Chorus from 1968 until 2012. She holds degrees in music education and vocal performance from the Crane School of Music. She lives in West Winfield. This is her 11th Messiah with Voices of Cooperstown.