The 2019 Concert

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Saturday, August 24 at 7:30PM

Antonin Dvorak "Requiem"
 
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 e. Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills, CO  80113

The concert is FREE and open to all music lovers.

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Featured Soloists

Steven Taylor, Baritone

Steven Taylor

Currently serving as the Dean of the School of Music at Colorado Christian University, baritone Steven Taylor is well-known to audiences throughout the Rocky Mountain region for his beautiful, expressive singing, and dramatic interpretations.

Steven’s versatile singing career ranges from opera and oratorio, to musical theatre, gospel and jazz. Steven is also frequently sought after as a narrator/actor, master class clinician, and vocal judge. As a member of the internationally acclaimed Gospel Quartet, LEGACY, Steven has performed concert tours in Australia, Canada, Cuba and South Korea.

Steven has appeared with major symphonies throughout the west including the Fresno Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and the Denver Brass to name a few; and onstage with Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Crested Butte Theatre, Aspen Theatre, and Opera Colorado.

In April of 2015, Steven made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the baritone solos in both Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in a concert titled, “Grant Us Peace” presented by DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York). Other recent engagements have included the Brahms Requiem with the Jefferson Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Christmas with the Denver Brass and LEGACY Quartet, and the baritone soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Lee Ann Scherlong, Mezzo Soprano

Lee Ann Scherlong

Lee Ann Scherlong is blessed to once again be a part of the Metropolitan Choral Festival. As a performer, Lee Ann has been a featured soloist in Denver and the surrounding region, most notably with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arvada Center Chorale, the Larimer Chorale, the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra and the Broomfield Choral Festival under the direction of Ron Williams. At home both in opera and musical theatre, she has been lucky to portray many wonderful characters including Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Mother Superior in Nunsense, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Woman 1 in Showtune, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Lady Thiang in The King and I and Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress. Music directing/conducting credits include Ragtime, Nunsense, Spamalot, Side by Side by Sondheim, Seussical, Sound of Music, Camelot, Jane Eyre and Titantic, the later receiving an Ovation award nomination and a Marlowe Award.

Lee Ann received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and completed doctoral coursework at the University of Northern Colorado in Vocal Performance/Opera Directing. In addition to being an active performer and music direction, Lee Ann is the Assessment Director at SkyView Academy, a K-12 charter school in Douglas County.

James Baumgardner, Tenor

James Baumgardner, lyric tenor, has performed roles in operas, oratorios, and recitals around the United States and in Europe. He is consistently reviewed for his versatile voice and acting prowess and has performed in over 50 concerts and opera productions in his young ten years of performance. Opera roles have included: Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata, Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. As a young artist, James trained as an apprentice artist with two of America's most prestigious programs at the Central City Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. Most recently, James performed the tenor soloists in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Littleton Symphony and Colorado Christian University, Handel's Messiah with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, and in Mozart's Requiem with the Larimer Chorale. James' portrayal in the role of Ein Soldat in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Opera Moderne in New York and the Klangforum Wien Chamber Orchestra in Vienna received great reviews with both Opera News and the Vienna Daily Standard. He was hailed by both editorials for his "sweet yet pointed voice" and for his characterization of the role. After three years of performing on the east coast, James and his wife Lindsey have relocated back to their home state of Colorado along with their now one and a half year old son Caleb. James continues to sing and teach vocal music both around the Denver and Vail areas, and also sings with the internationally recognized Legacy Quartet.

Pearl Rutherford, Soprano

Soprano Pearl Rutherford is affiliate voice faculty at Colorado Christian University. In addition to teaching in her private voice studio, she is voice instructor and choir director at Credo Academy, and serves as staff singer at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver.

Pearl currently sings with the highly acclaimed vocal ensemble, Kantorei, in Denver. She has sung the roles of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Oscar in A Masked Ball, and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre in Idaho Falls, Idaho, as well as Maria in a Honolulu production of West Side Story. Concert performances include solo appearances with Metropolitan Choral Festival in Denver, Stratus (formerly Musica Sacra) Chamber Orchestra, Orion Wind Ensemble, Colorado Christian University’s University Choir (with the Colorado Chorale), Hawaii Chamber Orchestra in Honolulu; the Star Valley Arts Council and Star Valley Choral Society in Wyoming, the Snake River Chamber Orchestra and Caritas Chorale in Idaho. She was also a member and soloist with the Idaho Falls Symphony Chorale and Anam Cara, The Chamber Choir of Idaho.

Pearl was a Presser Scholar, earning her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and has received vocal instruction at the University of Northern Colorado. Her teachers include T. Alan Bowers, Annette Johansson, Laurence Paxton, Charmaine Coppom, and she currently studies with Andrew Adams.

 
 

Eric Bertoluzzi, Orchestra Advisor

After 42 years in the Cello section of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Eric retired in the spring of 2013.  He founded "Up Close and Musical" 25 years ago and serves as its Program Director.  This non-profit organization gives education presentations to young people in schools throughout Colorado.  The organization's main program is a chamber orchestra of 14 musicians, mostly strings.  It also places instructors and mentors in a number of schools for the purpose of coaching young strings students.  On several occasions each year, "Up Close and Musical" performs formal concerts and has served as the orchestra for the Broomfield Choral Festival for the past decade.  It is now pleased to perform with the Metropolitan Choral Festival. Eric is the Chair for Englewood Arts, also a non-profit organization that presents concerts in Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center.  Englewood Arts created "Strings Attached", a program of class instruction on string instruments in Englewood and Sheridan School.

Matthew Kingham, Accompaniest

Matthew Kingham received both his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  Matthew has been organist and associate director of music at St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Kirk of Bonnie Brae since 2001. He is also a part time accompanist for the Colorado Children’s Chorale and The Aurora Singers.  Since 2013, Matthew has been the full-time accompanist for all 7 choirs at Denver East High School. 

Matthew’s music travels include Israel and Jordan, with Concert Ministries International in 1996 and 2000; and also Germany and the Czech Republic, with the Littleton Chorale in 2005.  Matthew maintains a private piano and cello studio, and enjoys collaborating with other musicians.