Upwards of 2,500 people gathered to witness the 1868 premiere of Brahms’s beautiful A German Requiem, sung by a chorus of 200 voices. On June 7, you are invited to experience a new, intimate chamber orchestration of this choral masterwork with the Ars Musica Chorale, joined by the Montclair-based Crosswinds Quintet and the Toomai String Quintet. Wanda Yang Temko of Atlanta lends her rich soprano voice, and Dominic Inferrera, deemed a “standout” by the New York Times, gives voice to the baritone solos. Take a moment and meet Ars Musica’s talented collaborators!
Soprano Wanda Yang Temko is a respected singer, voice teacher, and arts advocate. She holds a doctorate in voice performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana along with degrees from Georgia State University and Emory University. Now based in Atlanta, she made her international operatic debut in Mozart’sDie Zauberflöte in Rome. Other highlights include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Baritone Dominic Inferrera is gaining a great deal of attention for giving voice to many different styles of music including opera, oratorio, musical theater, pop, jazz, and contemporary music. He won critical acclaim in the role of The Son in Hugo Weisgall’s Six Characters in Search of an Author with Opera Festival of New Jersey, where The New York Times proclaimed him a “standout.” His recent performance of Young (Old) Button in John Eaton’s operatic adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Center for Contemporary Opera was hailed by the New York Times as “dynamic.”
The Toomai String Quintet is an ensemble devoted to performing music from the classical and contemporary repertoire while exploring and arranging music from around the world. Winner of the 92nd St. Y’s 2007 Music Unlocked! Competition for emerging ensembles, the Toomai String Quintet is dedicated to creating engaging interactive concerts for audiences of all ages. Formed in 2007 at The Juilliard School, the quintet is named after Rudyard Kipling’s short story “Toomai of the Elephants” in which a young boy journeys into the jungle to witness the dance of the wild elephants.
The Crosswinds Quintet formed in September of 2009 at Montclair State University under the tutelage of Jeff Scott, horn player of New York’s Imani Winds. They have also been coached by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra clarinetist David Singer and Andrew Adelson, English horn player of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The quintet performs works ranging from classical to contemporary throughout the Greater New York area, striving to bring a new voice and fresh ideas to the standard repertoire as well as to modern works. Crosswinds’ members are all alumni of Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music.