Jazz vocalist-pianist Karrin Allyson will kick off Afternoon Music’s 2018 season with a concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, January 14, in Beacon’s acoustically excellent sanctuary.
Other concerts in the series will feature mezzo-soprano Helen Karloski, flutist Bart Feller and pianist Mitchell Vines, performing on March 4, and Makoto Nakura, playing marimba, on April 29. The audience can meet the artists at a reception held after each performance.
Karrin Allyson’s January concert is a return engagement for the well-known jazz artist, whose 2011 appearance at Afternoon Music drew a packed house. She performs in a variety of genre, from bossa nova to jazz to soft rock, and sings in English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. Five of her 16 solo albums have won Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album, including her 2016 recording, Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Mezzo-soprano Helen Karloski, singing in the March 4 trio program, is accomplished in singing genres from opera and oratorio to musical theater. She made her Carnegie Hall debut last year performing Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Bruckner’s Te Deum under the baton of Kent Tritle with the Oratorio Society of New York. As a soloist, she has sung Mozart’s Solemn Vespers with the Mostly Mozart Festival and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as My Fair Lady starring Kelsey Grammar and Kelli O’Hara with the New York Philharmonic.
Bart Feller is principal flute of the New Jersey Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has appeared as concerto soloist with ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Jupiter Symphony. He is a professor of flute at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers.
Pianist Mitchell Vines’ active performing career has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, performing Bartok’s 3rd piano concerto and Milhaud’s Le Carnaval d’Aix. He has performed with numerous singers and instrumentalists, and is in high demand as a collaborative pianist.
Vines is artistic director of Afternoon Music and music director at Beacon and at Temple Israel in New York City.
Makoto Nakura, playing marimba in the April 29 concert, is known for his command of traditional classical repertoire as well as innovative programs of new music, revealing the versatility and expressive range of his instrument. He has recorded his own transcription of works by Bach called “Bach Beat” and most recently “Bach Beat II,” released to critical acclaim last spring. These recordings have inspired artists in different disciplines and were featured in the fashion show of Rei Kawakubo’s COMME des GARCONS 2017 spring/summer collection.
Tickets to Afternoon Music are $25 and seniors, $20. Students attend free. Subscriptions for all three concerts are $65, with seniors $50. Tickets are available at the door or by sending a check made out to “Afternoon Music” to our Beacon office at 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, NJ 07901.
The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.
For further information, call (908) 273-2899 or visit www.summitbeacon.org.