New York Opera Society Presents “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” – The Great American Song Book, Performance & Fundraiser
A fundraiser for New York Opera Society and Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
New York Opera Society (NYOS) Presents “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” – The Great American Song Book, Performance and Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 8 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM). Trip the light fantastic to the most beautiful melodies of the Golden Age of American musical theater performed by acclaimed opera singers from the New York Opera Society. The talented performers for the night include Alisa Jordhiem, Gustavo Ahaulli, Frederick Ballentine, Erin Granfield and Jason Wirth directed by Barry McNabb. This event, which is a fundraiser for both NYOS and PMPM, will include a cash bar and light refreshments.
Tickets are $75 per person and will include reserved seating. You may purchase tickets online or call the PMPM at 508-487-1310 for additional ticket information and sponsorship opportunities.
Barry McNabb, Director
New York Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Connecticut Critic Circle Award Nominee- Barry McNabb’s productions have been seen throughout the world, including multiple Premio Award winners in Spain. As a member of the original Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera he directed/choreographed/produced and wrote Broadway’s Annual Easter Bonnet Competitions, which has remained Broadway Cares’ chief fundraiser for well over a decade. Critics have given raves to McNabb’s direction and choreography comparing it to Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, and Gower Champion.
Alisa Jordheim, Soprano
Described as “vocally resplendent,” “powerful,” and possessing “impeccable coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Alisa Jordheim is praised for her compelling and vocally assured performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, both early and new music, and recital. Miss Jordheim’s performances as soloist with orchestra include Torke's Book of Proverbs with the Grant Park Music Festival, Messiah and Bestienne in Bestien und Bestienne (semi-staged) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with the Madison Bach Musicians, First Fairy in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Columbus Symphony and the Greeley Philharmonic, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Madison Symphony, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 29 with the Dayton Philharmonic, Carmina Burana and Exsultate, jubilate with the Fox Valley Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the CCM Concert Orchestra, The Revelations of Divine Love (Cooman) with the Bel Canto Chorus, Ein deutsches Requiem (as guest soprano soloist) with the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, and favorites by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber with the Northwest Indiana Symphony.
Gustavo Ahaulli, Baritone
Hailed for his rich and powerful baritone, Mr. Gustavo Ahualli has become well known for his dramatic portrayals in a myriad of leading roles in both the standard operatic repertoire as well as new works by contemporary composers. The Houston Press extolled, “As Macbeth, Argentinean baritone, Gustavo Ahualli proved he has an ideal voice for Verdi, beautiful, full, rich, and powerful. His singing was effortless, with excellent control, and ripe with machismo.”
Frederick Ballentine, Tenor
Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, promising young tenor Frederick Ballentine joined the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the fall of 2016, where he has performed Luis Griffith in Champion and made a role debut as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. He also created the roles of T. Morris Chester and Senator John Lewis in the world premiere of Appomattox to rave reviews, also with the Washington National Opera. He is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, where he appeared in their productions of Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, as well as Patrick Morganelli’s cinematic opera Hercules vs Vampires.
Erin Granfield, Mezzo-Soprano
Originally from Washington, DC, Erin Granfield has appeared on stages across the country. She most recently played the role of Francesca Johnson to critical acclaim in the DC/Baltimore regional premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She is currently a cantor, section leader, and soloist at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, DC. She is a company member of Pallas Theatre Collective, a Helen Hayes Awards © John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company nominated ensemble committed to fostering the legacy and future of the American musical.
Jason Wirth, Collaborative Pianist
A versatile and intrepid performer, Jason draws on his varied interests to bring new perspectives into his music-making. In the last year Jason performed with soprano Marie Marquis in The Joy in Singing Winners Recital at Merkin Hall. He was honored to be a guest artist at the American premiere of Ethel Smyth's magnificent (and sadly neglected) oratorio, "The Prison" (1930) with Cantori New York. Educated at Mannes and the Yale School of Music, Jason is an expert performer of the operatic repertoire and has a deep love and affinity for art song, cabaret, musical theatre and jazz.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum and the New York Opera Society
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA
About New York Opera Society
The New York Opera Society (NYOS) develops new audiences for opera by commissioning, creating, and funding exemplary productions. To that end, NYOS serves as a conduit to the public by disseminating important messages, musical inspiration, and seminal artistic performances via partnerships with major performance venues, corporations, nonprofits and governments to present the work of our artists in the United States and abroad. The New York Opera Society is led by Executive Director Jennifer Cho and a dedicated Board of Directors chaired by philanthropist, Lesley Silvester.
About the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620. Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and oversees Provincetown 400, the committee developing the commemorations for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown. Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.