PRLog - April 21, 2011 - WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Waukesha, Wis. – The Waukesha Choral Union will present the All-Beethoven concert on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in Shattuck Auditorium on the Carroll University campus. Artistic director Ernest “Ernie” Brusubardis, III, will conduct this performance of four pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven which includes Mass in C major, Op. 86, and “Choral Fantasy.” Christopher Ruck will serve as accompanist. Soloists are Steven Ayers, Piano; Ami Bouterse, Soprano; Jillian Bruss, Mezzo-soprano;
Waukesha Choral Union All-Beethoven Concert
Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors/students, $5 children under 12. Tickets are available from all Waukesha Choral Union members, at any Waukesha State Bank location, online at http://www.ChoralUnion.org, or by phone at 414-297-9310.
The All-Beethoven concert begins with a choral arrangement of “Die Himmel rühmen,” Op. 48, #4, followed by “Hallelujah”
The final concert of the Waukesha Choral Union season will be a collaborative presentation, “Give Us Peace,” on Saturday, May 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. This performance includes Kirke Mechem’s “Songs of the Slave” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Dona nobis pacem.” Also participating are the Bel Canto Chorus, the Baptist College of Ministry Concert Chorale, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, (Edo DeWaart music director,) under the direction of Richard Hynson.
As the premiere vocal group in the area, the Waukesha Choral Union has been musically active in the community for over 50 years. Originally a combination of the Carroll College student chorus and community singers known as the Waukesha Choral Society in 1949, the group became the Town and Gown in 1961 and the Waukesha Choral Union in 1974, taking its present form as an auditioned choir in 1978. For more information, visit http://www.ChoralUnion.org.
Steven Ayers, Piano, received his training from Indiana University, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as a Performer’s Certificate. He attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and began work on his doctoral degree at UW-Madison. He has been on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 2005. Ayers serves at the pianist for the Milwaukee Ballet and accompanist for the String Academy of Wisconsin.
Ami Bouterse, Soprano, has performed in opera and musical theater such as “Die Zauberflute,”
Jillian Bruss, Mezzo-soprano, has performed both here and abroad in opera, oratorio, and recitals. She has performed with the Florentine Opera in both main stage and outreach programs, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Milwaukee Youth Symphony, Waukesha Choral Society, Master Singers, Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Choristers, and Lutheran Acapella Choir. In 2006, Jillian took a recital of American composed and arranged songs to the countries of her grandfathers, Denmark and Norway. She is the General Manager of the Milwaukee Opera Theatre and conductor of the Women of Note ensemble. She also teaches private voice in her home studio in Elm Grove, at Pius XI high school, andat UW Parkside. Bruss holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UW-Stevens Point.
Alexander Gmeinder, Tenor, is currently a fifth-year senior at Lawrence University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. At Lawrence he has played the drunken neighbor in “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” King Ouf in “L’Etoile,”
James Barany, Bass, has performed comprimario and supporting roles with the Florentine Opera, including the Herald in “Rigoletto,”
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The Waukesha Choral Union, an auditioned community choir, continues a long tradition of collaborating with other musicians and groups, putting together pieces of the very colorful and diverse arts community in which we live for over 50 years.