Ars Musica is proud to open our 49th Concert Season on Saturday, November 22, with a performance of Maurice Duruflé’s transcendent Requiem. Introspective and enormously self-critical, Duruflé was not a prolific composer. His output nonetheless manifests an evenness of quality and a distinctive voice in the 20th-century French repertory that has left an indelible mark on music history. Take a moment and meet Ars Musica’s talented collaborators!
Helen Karloski, mezzo soprano
Helen Karloski, a Pittsburgh native, is an in-demand mezzo-soprano based in New York City. A versatile artist, she is at home in a variety of musical styles including, opera, oratorio, chamber, choral, and musical theater. Ms. Karloski performs regularly with several New York ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Virtuoso Singers, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Nationally she has the pleasure of singing with Conspirare, Handel and Haydn Society, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Tucson Chamber Artists. She has had the honor of singing under the baton of many distinguished conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Helmuth Rilling, Craig Hella Johnson, Louis Langrèe, Ricardo Muti, Nicholas McGegan, Iván Fischer, and Robert Page.
Kelvin Chan, baritone
As a singer, performer, producer, and stage director, Kelvin Chan pursues his core commitment to cultivating human connection through the arts. Recent projects include György Kùrtag’s Kafka Fragments, Part I (director) on the 2014 Resonant Bodies Festival, Brian Fennelly’s Sacred Songs (baritone) with the New York New Music Collective, and a developmental workshop for Coal: The Musical (actor). Other recent solo engagements include appearances with the Tri-Centric Foundation in the origin performance of Anthony Braxton’s opera, Trillium J, with Schlüterwerke (Vienna, Austria), Ostrava Days (Ostrava, Czech Republic), the SEM Ensemble, Bard SummerScape, Manhattan Concert Productions, One Quiet Plunge, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, and Trinity Church’s Concerts at One Series.
Jonathan Ryan, organist
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for his strong communicative skills in numerous styles, exceptional use of the organ’s capabilities, and bold programming, Jonathan Ryan has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists. Among the few organists distinguished with six First Prize awards at major international and national competitions, he most notably received both the First Prize and the LeTourneau Concerto Prize in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition. Additional awards include First Prize in the Arthur Poister, John Rodland Scholarship, and Albert Schweitzer (Young Professional Division) National Competitions. He recently released his début recording, entitled A Cathedral’s Voice, to critical acclaim, including a five-star review in the London-based Choir & Organ.
Joshua Groffman, Composer-in-Residence
Joshua Groffman has written works for orchestral, vocal, and chamber ensembles, as well as for electronic media, theater, and film. His works have been performed by groups including the American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Laboratorium, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Delaware Valley Chorale, Duo 231,Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Cornell University Chamber Singers, and selected for performance at the Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, SEAMUS National Conference, Florida State University New Music Festival, Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival, the CUNY POP! Conference, Midwest Composers Symposium, and the 60×60 VoxNovus East Coast Mix.
Dusty Francis, Music Director
Conductor and bass-baritone Dusty Francis enjoys an active career as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator in the New York metropolitan area and across the country. Reflecting his diverse interests, Francis has conducted a breadth of ensembles, including high school, church, community, and university choirs, orchestras, and opera choruses. In addition to his duties as Music Director and Conductor of Ars Musica, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in nearby Leonia, New Jersey. He was recently appointed the Assistant Conductor of the New York City Master Chorale. Francis holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.
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