May 15 & May 18, 2014 – Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra

 SMC Chorale & Orchestra Concerts

Ken Hardin, conductor • Toon Vandevorst, assistant conductor

Thursday, May 15, 7:30pm  &  Sunday, May 18, 2pm

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Tickets $30.00 General & $15.00 youth 5-17


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Sponsored by:  Gerri Griswold; Robin Runbeck in honor of her parents, Joan & Lance Goddard

Business Sponsor:  New Moon Café; and Dr. Bruce Lattyak of Elan Clinic Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa 

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A program you don’t want to miss!  

Drama, excitement, emotion, and beautiful lush melodies will sweep you away!


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An eclectic program with great variety for both the choir and audience — there is something for everyone!  The program is like a trip in a time capsule!

We begin our journey with a snippet of a Bach Cantata; witness Handel’s music for the coronation of King George I; an entertainment by Johann Hasse at the palace of Dresden; take in a tidbit of a Mozart opera; then be inspired by a plea for peace by Mendelssohn. We continue on our way reveling in the lively strains of the overture to an opera by Rossini; partake in a side trip to Paris for the gentle and haunting music of the French impressionist Gabriel Faure; experience the fervor and originality of Baltic choral music of the 20th century from the pen of Arvo Pärt; and be spellbound by the power and mystery of the Northern Lights as evoked by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo in 2008.   – Ken Hardin 


“What a wonderful, beautiful program today. I think everyone loved it and was amazed at the complexity and beauty of the music. Thank you so much for all you all do and for the chorale as well.”  ~  Ed Thomas


“Having never heard the ensemble before, I was completely unprepared for the poise and professionalism of both choir and orchestra under the leadership of Conductor, Ken Hardin. The foothills seem to be salted with musical gold.”                             ~ Dr. Robert Johnson  (Sacramento Choral Calendar Review)


Handel – Zadok the Priest

Bach – St. John Passion – Arias for Bass and Chorus

Johann Adolph Hasse – Laudate Coeli Dominum

Arvo Pärt – Which Was the Son Of

Gjeilo – Pulchra Es, Amica Mea; Exsultate, Jubilate

Mendelssohn – Verleih uns Frieden (Da Nobis Pacem)

Faure – Pavane


Featuring bass soloist Gary Aldrich

Gary Aldrich


Gary Aldrich, bass-baritone, is equally at home in concert, opera, oratorio, and musical theater. A consummate cross-over singer, he moved from New York to Nevada in 2000 to teach voice at the University of Nevada, Reno, while still maintaining an active singing career.

Known nationwide as “a singer who can act!” (New Haven Register), his recent New York solo performances include Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Carmina Burana, the Magnificats of J. S. and C.P.E. Bach, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Cantata #80 (Ein Feste Burg), Mozart’s Thamos, King of Egypt, and On Broadway with Gershwin, Arlen and Bernstein, all at Avery Fisher Hall. His success as the Major General in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera prompts a return for next season’s Fledermaus, as well as Don Giovanni’s Commendatore in Sacramento and The Merry Widow’s Baron Zeta with Nevada Opera. He may be heard on his latest CD as bass soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with The William Hall Chorale and Long Beach Symphony.

Aldrich employed his stage talents in every aspect of his musical career. Blessed with a voice of “uncommon compass and agility, he exhibits a brilliant, ringing top” (The Village Voice/New York) which has brought him acclaim in the lyric bel canto roles on the operatic stage as well as a lower extension which has brought him distinction on the concert platform in a wide range of both baritone and bass-baritone repertoire.

He made his West Coast debut in the Verdi Requiem with the Sacramento Symphony. Other oratorio/symphonic credits include engagements as vocal soloist with the National Chorale and Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Honolulu, Sacramento, Phoenix, Charleston, Nashville, Berkeley, Monterey, Syracuse, Albany, Johnstown (PA), York, Sun City (AZ), Utah, New York’s Amor Artis Orchestra, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre’s acclaimed production of Revelations.

He has been soloist with prestigious choral societies across the country, including San Francisco’s Schola Cantorum and Los Angeles’ William Hall Chorale, in four centuries of masterpieces from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 through Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Brubeck’s A Light in the Wilderness, including the Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the Stabat Mater of Dvorak and Rossini, Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride, and RVWilliams’ Hodie.

Opera credits include Tosca’s Scarpia with New York City’s PALA Opera and Springfield (MO) Regional Opera. “As Scarpia, Gary Aldrich was absolutely mesmerizing… demonic!” wrote the critic in the Springfield News-Leader. Under the direction of James Billings he has also been seen as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto. Utilizing his extensive background on the dramatic stage, his opera characterizations have run the gamut from Enrico and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor through Germont in La Traviata and the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann.

In a lighter vein he has enlivened many productions with his portrayals of Falke in Die Fledermaus, Zeta in The Merry Widow, Mr. Page in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Father in Hansel und Gretel, and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Opera audiences have seen him at Washington Opera, Utah Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Lake George Opera, Whitewater Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Nashville Opera, Augusta Opera, Berkshire Opera, Treasure Coast Opera, Sorg Opera, Nevada Opera, and Opera Theatre of Rochester, among others.

He has made concert and stage appearances in Canada, England, France, Italy, Russia, and throughout the Middle East. Equally at home in the idiom of the American musical theatre, he has appeared on Broadway, at Kennedy Center, the Moscow Music Theatre and on television in Joe Raposo’s Raggedy Ann: The Musical, directed by Patricia Birch. He has starred in regional and off-Broadway productions of Sondheim’s Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Side by Side by Sondheim, as well as Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Candide, Oklahoma! Jacques Brel… and Man of LaMancha.

A native New Yorker, Aldrich holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theatre and voice performance from the State University of New York. He continued his training as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Studio and for ten years performed and taught as a Teacher-Artist at New York’s Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts. He is currently on the voice faculty at the University of Nevada/Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, is artistic director of the Sierra Lyric Opera Studio and general director of the Gary Aldrich Vocal Studios.

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