The Fox Singers in A Serenade to Music
Feb 25, 2023 7:30 PM

The 39th season of the Verdi Chorus continues with the Fox Singers, presented by the Verdi Chorus and the Sahm Family Foundation, in A Serenade To Music for one night only at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica on February 25, at 7:30pm.  Led by Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, the Fox Singers comprise the professional ensemble of the Verdi Chorus, which is the only choral group in Southern California that focuses primarily on the dramatic and diverse music for opera chorus. This program,  celebrating classical vocal music through art songs and arias, will feature the music of Vaughan Williams, Debussy, Fauré, Copland, and sequences from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Tosca, La rondine and more!

The Fox Singers demonstrate the mission of the Verdi Chorus to provide performance opportunities to young professional singers, and these fourteen highly promising singers, named in memory of long-time Chorus and Board member Walter Fox, not only serve as section leaders and rehearsal coaches for the Verdi Chorus, but also have opportunities to perform as featured singers in performances, and perform on occasion independently of the full Chorus. They are sopranos Tiffany Ho, Christina Kushnik, Megan McDonald, and Dina Murphy; mezzo-sopranos Alexandra Bass, Amelia DeCoster, Rachel Labovitch, and Ariana Stultz; tenors César Ballardo, Elias Berezin, and Joseph Gárate; baritone Jamie Sanderson; and basses David Peterson and Esteban Rivas.

The Fox Singers have been presented at several venues in Southern California including the Annenberg Beach House, The Broad Stage, the Huntington Library, and the Nixon Library.

Director Anne Marie Ketchum says, It’s so exciting to be presenting the Fox singers in their return to live performance after their highly successful online concerts over the past two years. The Fox Singers are a very special group of exceptionally talented young professional singers. As the Founding Artistic Director of the Verdi Chorus, it is so important to me to not only nurture and foster the love of opera for both the community and the Verdi Chorus as a whole, but to also curate the next generation of operatic professionals.  This time, we are celebrating classical vocal music through art songs and arias, some familiar and some not, but all thought-provoking, beautiful melodies.”

The Fox Singers in A Serenade to Music
Concert Program
Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958)
Serenade to music (Words from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice")
The Fox Singers
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Nuit d'etoilles
Amelia DeCoster
Gabriele Fauré (1845-1924)
Après un rêve
Megan McDonald
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Why do they shut me out of heaven? (From "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson")
Ariana Stultz
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
At the mid hour of night (From Thomas Moore's "Irish Melodies")
Joseph Gárate
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Tiffany Ho
La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
The Fox Singers
"De' miei bollenti spiriti"
César Ballardo
Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
"Madamina! Il catalogo è questo"
Esteban Rivas
"Deh vieni alla finestra"
David Peterson
"Mi tradì quell alma ingrata"
Amelia DeCoster
Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
"Viva il vino spumeggiante"
Elias Berezin and the Fox Singers
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
“Près des remparts de Séville”
Alexandra Bass
Léo Delibes (1836-1891)
"Viens, Mallika"
Megan McDonald and Rachel Labovitch
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Vissi d'arte
Dina Murphy
Die Tote Stadt
Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
“Mein Sehnen mein Wähnen”
Jamie Sanderson
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Dich teure Halle
Christina Kushnick
La Rondine
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
"Nella dolce carrezza"
Joseph Gárate, Tiffany Ho and the Fox Singers
"Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso"
Elias Berezin, Dina Murphy, Joseph Gárate, Tiffany Ho and the Fox Singers
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