In this significant concert, music and words come together through the sound of the voice to take you, the audience, on a journey through opera, art song, jazz, and spirituals - all highlighting the many ways African Americans have made a lasting impact on many forms of music we experience in today’s world. Featuring the music of Puccini, William Grant Still, Fats Waller, Moses Hogan and more, you are sure to hear something that will delight your senses.
New to Denver and swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music with her warm, strong voice, Lyric Coloratura Soprano Stephanie Ann Ball, joined by Michael Tilley, collaborative pianist, and Russell Costen, narrator, will take you on a tangible expedition you will not easily or readily forget. Come join in on this extraordinary opportunity!
$15 suggested donation.
Stephanie Ann Ball
A performer from the get-go, her musical parents introduced her to everything from funk to gospel to classical at an early age. When she began studying voice in high school, Ms. Ball found her musical niche. A favorite of St. Louis audiences, she has appeared in many operas and oratorios including Annina in Winter Opera St. Louis’s production of La Traviata, and a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis. Ms. Ball is equally comfortable on the recital stage and frequently performs African American spirituals with passion and sensitivity. Matt Daniels of Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis says this of her singing: “She… is able to express its meaning to an audience through both the agility of her voice and dramatic movement that can encompass her entire body…” Offstage, Ms. Ball continually makes an effort to introduce opera to her community and has done educational outreach with several companies. Now residing in Denver, CO, Ms. Ball looks forward to presenting a solo recital program through Denver’s A.R.I.A. Chamber Ensemble. This season, she will be presenting a Spirituals Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, and singing the role of Nedda in Mid-Ohio Opera’s production of Il Pagliacci. If you would like to know more about Ms. Ball’s career and what she has coming up next, connect with her online: Website, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
Listen to Stephanie online.
Michael Tilley – Pianist
After receiving his M.M. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Michael became Musical Director for Franc D'Ambrosio's national tours. During his six-year tenure, he has performed, arranged, orchestrated, co-written and produced hundreds of concerts throughout the country. He has been a featured performer with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and many regional orchestras, and also the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Vail International Dance Festival. His orchestrations and arrangements, from solo piano to full symphony to musical theater to rock opera have been performed in America, Europe and Africa. Michael is thrilled to join the esteemed faculty of the University of Illinois in the inauguration of the Lyric Theatre program and is immensely grateful to his teachers Anne Epperson, Nicholas Carthy, Robert Spillman, Warren Jones, Donald Pippin and the many other colleagues and students who have helped him to grow as a person and artist.
Russell Costen – Narrator
Russell Costen, a native New Yorker, has had a long and distinguished career as a professional actor, achieving critical acclaim nationally and locally. He garnered high praise for his portrayal of Paul Robeson in the Shadow Theatre Company’s production of the one-man play by Philip Hayes Dean, simply titled, Robeson. Recently, Costen starred as “Leroy” in the Athena Project’s production of Tell Martha Not to Moan at the Aurora Fox Theatre, and as “Big Daddy” in the Tennessee Williams classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Edge Theatre in Lakewood.
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