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Music by Judith Lang Zaimont


Soprano Elena Tyminski has appeared in feature roles at Wolf Trap, Western Opera Theatre and the Aachen Opera; and with the Connecticut Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Hartt Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera and many regional companies throughout the U.S. She toured Europe as the winner of several Italian competitions, and her large repertoire includes opera and song from Mozart and Puccini through Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Carlisle Floyd and contemporary composers.

Tenor Charles Bressler (d.1996) appeared in numerous recital, oratorio and opera performances around the world, including appearances at the openings of both the Kennedy Center in Washington and Lincoln Center in New York. His singing was internationally lauded, and he performed in eastern and western Europe and in the Far East. His American engagements included appearances with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and Chicago and Boston Symphonies. Mr. Bressler won the Best Male Singer Award from the Théâtre des Nations Festival in Paris for his role as Daniel in "The Play of Daniel" with the New York Pro Musica. He recorded for many record labels. In addition to his distinguished singing career, he was also a well-regarded teacher, having taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College, Mannes College of Music, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Price Browne has sung major roles with many prominent opera companies including the Bel Canto, Bronx and New York Lyric Opera Companies, and the American Opera Center. He is equally at home in traditional repertoire and in newer music, including the works of Barber and Henze and many contemporary composers.

Soprano Berenice Bramson (d.1995), was one of this country's leading song recitalists and a favorite with New York's music lovers. A distinguished voice teacher for more than 40 years, she received critical acclaim throughout her career, which included premieres of new works, principal roles in opera productions with Vancouver Opera, New York Grand Opera, and the Brooklyn Opera, and concerts and masterclasses throughout the U.S.

The distinguished American baritone David Arnold has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Op-era, English National Opera and Komische Oper Berlin. He has sung with leading orchestras in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York and St. Louis, and in guest appearances at the White House before Presidents Carter and Clinton. His recitals (at major halls in Europe and throughout the U.S.) and recordings regularly feature twentieth century music (including Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder "with the Boston Symphony). The recipient of many awards, he is also a distinguished teacher.

Conductor & Instrumentalists Roger Nierenberg is conductor laureate for the Jacksonville Symphony, where he served as conductor from 1984-1998. He began his conducting career with the Pro Arte Chorale, and has been conductor of the Stamford Symphony since 1980. Guest conducting engagements have included performances with the National Symphony, American Symphony, London Mozart Players and the symphonies of St. Louis, Baltimore, Kansas City and Utah. He has also led performances at Mostly Mozart, the Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Dallas and Chautauqua Operas. With The Music Paradigm, Mr. Nierenberg has appeared on the podium of the Seattle Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony and Chicago's Symphony II.

Recognized as a major force in the performance of new music, flutist Patricia Spencer has received enthusiastic acclaim for her recitals and recordings presented by such sponsors as the League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music, the SONIC BOOM Festival, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Flutist of the Da Capo Chamber Players, she teaches flute and chamber music at Bard College, where she presents an annual summer seminar on new flute music, and at Hofstra University, where she is the director of the New Music Ensemble.

Cellist Barbara Bogatin, currently a member of the San Francisco Symphony, has been principal cellist with the New Jersey and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, she has performed with the New York Chamber Soloists, Classical Band, and the New York Philharmonic, and at the Casals Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Nancy Allen was first prize winner in the 1973 International Harp Competition in Israel. A member of the Juilliard faculty since 1985, she tours as harp soloist and in duos with flutist Ransom Wilson. Ms. Allen has recorded for Angel, EMI, RCA and CRI, and received a Grammy nomination for her recording of Ravel's "Introduction and Allegro." Other recordings include a Bach album; Rodrigo's Harp Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and contemporary works by Takemitsu, Rochberg, Zaimont, Widdoes, and Richard Wilson. She has performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival and English Chamber and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras.

Harpist Sara Cutler, a founding member of the contemporary music group Musical Elements, appears regularly in concert, ballet and musical theater performances in New York City. As a soloist she has toured North America and appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and the Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals in Europe.

A resident of New York for many years, Israeli pianist Zita Zohar has toured in Mexico and the Far East, and has performed in many of the finest concert halls in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A. She has recorded for German and Swedish radio and for a number of American record companies.

Jonathan Haas is principal timpanist of the New York Chamber Symphony and the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and principal percussionist of the American Symphony. He has performed and recorded with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony and other orchestras. He frequently appears as jazz timpanist and, with his group Clozshave, as rock kettle drummer. He is a faculty member at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.





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