Written by Joyce Balint, President, The Bronxville Women's Club
Sep. 17, 2014: Join the Town of Eastchester in its celebrations of its 350th birthday with a concert of American music on Saturday, September 27, beginning at 2:30 pm at The Bronxville Women's Club.
Enjoy songs from Colonial and Indian favorites to spirituals, art song to Broadway, and more! This concert takes the listener on a journey through the unique and exquisite history of American vocal music. Acclaimed soprano Yolanda F. Johnson will be joined by baritone David Orcutt and pianist Michael Eisenberg for an afternoon of music that is sure to please. A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert.
There is no charge for tickets, but seating is limited; there will be unreserved seating if space allows. To reserve your tickets, call 914-793-3515. The concert is open to the general public, not just those living in Eastchester. Please RSVP by September 24, 2014.
Composers include Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Bruce Lazarus, James Cohn, and Lucy Coolidge, among others. Two of the three living composers are planning to attend. Guest artists for the afternoon will be Rebecca Kuehl, flute; Joyce Balint, violin; Melissa Brading, dancer/choreographer; and Charles "Chip" Lotierzo, percussion.
About the musicians
Yolanda F. Johnson, lyric soprano, has performed nationally and internationally in musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio, and sacred music. Yolanda made her New York City debut as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni and has also performed the roles of Anita Hill in Ben Yarmolinsky's Clarence and Anita, Noémie in Massenet's Cendrillon, and Millie in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom, by Nkeiru Okoye. The year 2014 saw the premiere of her original musical compositions, including Shout for Joy and an Easter song cycle for choral ensemble and will see the premiere of a children's opera based upon the classic story of The Lion and the Mouse. Yolanda is thrilled to return to Bronxville, where she previously performed "A Spirituals Experience" and where she previewed her The Four Seasons concert before its premiere in the Inspired Song Concert Series, presented by the Warner Library in Tarrytown in partnership with Arts Westchester.
David H. Orcutt, baritone, a graduate of Ithaca College and the University of Cincinnati-CCM, has sung with many regional opera companies, including Opera Carolina, Pittsburgh, Ft. Worth, Central City, Kentucky, and Santa Fe. Notable operatic performances included Masetto (Don Giovanni) and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) with Opera Carolina and Falke (Die Fledermaus) with the National Chorale. A resident of New York City, Mr. Orcutt made his Avery Fisher Hall debut as Brander in Berlioz's La damnation de Faust with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Michael Eisenberg is a National Endowment for the Humanities 2014 summer fellow to Germany for research and performance of the music of J. S. Bach. He has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East and for National Public Radio, the BBC, CBC, and HBO. He is the founding artistic director of chamber ensembles Le Nuove Musiche and Ensemble for the Seicento, and he holds master's degrees in harpsichord and piano from the Mannes College of Music as a Sylvia Marlowe Fellow and a PhD from the City University of New York and has served on the Columbia University and Fordham University music faculties.
Pictured here: Soprano Yolanda F. Johnson.
Photo courtesy Joyce Balint, President, The Bronxville Women's Club