The concert sponsors for the evening are Wishes Family Travel; Kaye Price-Hawkins, Priceless Literacy; and Scott and Cindy Taliaferro, Jr. in honor of Patty Taliaferro and the Abilene Philharmonic.
The full program includes “Disney Memories,” “Characters Medley,” “Mulan Suite,” “Hopes and Dreams,” “Once Upon a Dream,” “Sleeping Beauty – Battle with the Forces of Evil,” “Villains Medley,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “They Finally Meet,” “Enchanted Suite,” and “True Love Conquers All.”
Guest artists are soprano Grace Johnson, mezzo-soprano Lynnette Chambers, tenor Nathan Schafer, and bass Peter Becker, as well as Wylie Junior High’s Abby French.
Grace Johnson hails from Tyler and is Adjunct Professor of Music at Tyler Junior College. She will direct Tyler Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of Hairspray and their Children’s Summer Musical. She has also directed Les Miserables School Edition, Seussical Jr., Annie Jr., and Pippi Longstocking at the Theatre.
Lynnette Ellen Chambers joined the voice faculty of Hardin-Simmons University in 1998. She has performed throughout the United States and Italy. Lynnette made her professional stage debut in 1995 as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Southern Ohio Light Opera. Her operatic/musical theater performance credits include the roles of Suzuki and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, and Rosina in The Barber of Seville.
Nathan Schafer is a native of Texas and has won his division at both the Texoma Regional Conference and Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is currently pursuing his degree in Voice Performance under Dr. Jeffrey Snider at University of North Texas.
Peter Becker’s theater credits include performances with Canadian Opera Company, Macerata Festival, Teatro Opera di Roma, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, the 21st Century Consort, and the Broadway show Band in Berlin. Guest appearances include those with Tafelmusik, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Magnificat, the Newberry Consort, Folger Consort, Portland Baroque, and Artek, and he has performed at a number of festivals including Spoleto, Caramoor, Ravinia, Aldeburgh, Ravenna, and Saratoga. As a member of the male vocal quintet Hudson Shad, he has performed with such distinguished conductors as Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Dennis Russell Davies, Bruno Bartoletti, and Ingo Metzmacher.
Abby French was born in Abilene and comes from a long line of musicians, singers and performers. At a very young age, she would sing along with the Disney Princess songs, over and over. She is now an eighth grader at Wylie Junior High. She has been a member of the Regional Honor Choir and received a division 1 in UIL competitions. She has participated in Abilene Idol, performed the National Anthem at local sports events as well as singing with a band of family friends at local events.
Chorus Abilene’s Classical Chorus is directed by Michael Scarbrough. It has performed with the Mercury Baroque Ensemble, and the Texas Baroque Ensemble, as well as The University of Texas Early Music Project. In addition, it has performed in New York, Scotland, Vienna, Prague, and Krakow, and in Italy and Greece. In 2008, the chorus commissioned a piece by Jeffery Ames, “The World of Our Dreams,” published by Walton Music.
Tickets may be purchased by calling (325) 677-6710, or visit the Philharmonic’s office located at 401 Cypress Street, Suite 520. Single tickets can also be purchased online at www.abilenephilharmonic.org.
Season sponsors are the Abilene Philharmonic Guild, Abilene Scene, Townsquare Media, Sleep Inn, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Abilene Regional Airport, KACU, SignTEX, KWKC, and Abilene Pizza Company/The Flour Shop. Philharmonic concerts are also made possible in part by grants from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Hearts for the Arts, the Abilene Arts Alliance, the City of Abilene, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
In its 63rd year, the Abilene Philharmonic is one of Abilene’s most established performing arts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. Information concerning the Abilene Philharmonic’s 2013-14 Season and donor opportunities may be found by visiting www.abilenephilharmonic.org. The Mission of the Abilene Philharmonic is to entertain, educate and inspire current and potential audiences through live symphonic music and community engagement.
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