Mezzo-soprano Helen Karloski, flutist Bart Feller and pianist Mitchell Vines will perform duos and trios in an Afternoon Music concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in our acoustically excellent sanctuary.
The program will include works by Telemann, Chaminade, Erich Korngold, Erwin Schulhoff and contemporary composer Jake Heggie. After the performance, the performers will meet the audience at a reception.
A free pre-concert lecture will be presented at 3 p.m. by George Marriner Maull, artistic director of the Discovery Orchestra, a New Jersey-based orchestra aimed at educating audiences about classical music.
Mezzo-soprano Helen Karloski is in consistent demand as a soloist in opera, oratorio and chamber music. Her notable performances include Mozart’s Vesperai solonnes de confessore under the direction of Iván Fischer and, with the New York Philharmonic, roles in Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen and in György Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre.
In 2015, she won first place in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Oratorio Society of New York in 2016 in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Bruckner’s Te Deum.
“Her voice is beautifully suited for oratorio,” wrote James M. Keller of the Santa Fe New Mexican, of her performance in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. “The sincerity of her delivery along with her poised bearing and physical presentation, forged an almost palpable connection with the audience.”
Karloski, a Pittsburgh native, holds a bachelor of fine arts in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University.
Flutist Bart Feller plays principal flute with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, among other summer programs. Feller teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School.
Pianist Mitchell Vines’ active performing career has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. The German newspaper Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine wrote, “The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience. He performed with virtuosity and bravura.”
Vines’ professional associations include Trinity Wall Street, Mannes School of Music, Berkshire Choral International, New York Summer Opera Scenes and the Vermont Music and Arts Center. He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, performing Bartok’s 3rd piano concerto and Milhaud’s Le Carnaval d’Aix.
Artistic director of Afternoon Music, Vines holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He is currently music and choir director of Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit and Temple Israel of New York City.
Afternoon Music’s next concert, on April 29, will feature virtuoso marimba player Makoto Nakura.
Afternoon Music tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Students are welcome free.
Afternoon Music is funded in part by a grant from 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.
Further information is available at (908) 273-2899.