19th Annual Frederick Lisman Memorial Concert set for Dec. 6
MILFORD — The Milford Fine Arts Council will present The 19th annual Frederick Lisman Memorial Concert in the City Hall Auditorium Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
The late Mayor Lisman helped to found this concert and continued to be a strong supporter for the musical program in the City Hall Auditorium. He felt that it was a perfect venue for a chamber concert of this size. The concert is free to the public. A donation to the Milford Fine Arts Council is suggested. It is a lovely interlude of classical and holiday music in the busy month of December.
Performing again this year is the Arc String Quartet. All the members of the quartet have extensive chamber music experience and bring to the ensemble diverse cultural and musical backgrounds, representing 4 different countries. Their repertoire includes not only the classical masterpieces, but also some jazz and pop music arrangements. Education of young audiences is a very important aspect of what they do.
Violinist Igor Kalnin began study of violin at the age of three in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. He came to the United State to study at Michigan State University. Presently he is an Artist Diploma student at the Yale School of Music. He is a principal second violinist of the Waterbury Symphony, and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras. Violinist, Ruby Chen is pursuing her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. She has been involved in the Huntsville Festival, Summit Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and three summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Vesselin Todorov started playing violin at age six. He studied both violin and viola in Bulgaria, and received his Bachelors Degree at Louisiana State University in violin and viola. Todorov has finished his Master Degree at the Yale School of Music and is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma Program there. He is a member of the viola section of the New Haven Symphony and a principal violist at the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. Cellist Ving-Chi Tang was born in Taiwan and began studies of piano at the age of six and cello at the age of eight. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from the National Taiwan Normal University. Since 2004 she has been a scholarship recipient from the Taipei Hsing-Tien Temple Cultural and Educational Development Foundation to continue her musical studies in the United States. She is Assistant Principal Cellist of the Indiana University Concert Orchestra. At present she is pursuing her Artist Diploma in Cello Performance at the Yale University School of Music.
This year the vocal soloist will be tenor Gary Harger who sings in opera, operetta, musical theatre, and the concert stage. He has sung with numerous opera companies around the United States, and in Europe has appeared as a soloist with the Wexford Festival in Ireland and the Holland Festival in the Netherlands as well as singing the title role in Candide at the Campidoglio in Rome. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G. Numerous operetta and show performances include “The Student Prince,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Showboat,” “Anything Goes,” “Brigadoon,” “The Secret Garden,” “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Company,” “The Big Bang,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” On Broadway he created the role of the Corporal in Shenandoah. Harger also teaches voice and has served on the faculty of the Hartt School and SCSU. He has taken on many more roles, including with the Connecticut Opera.
Kenneth Tedeschi will perform as a soloist on trumpet this year. He is the Assistant Principal Trumpet of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held in 1994. He also performs frequently with Orchestra New England and at Hartford’s Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Tedeschi received his BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut. He teaches instrumental music in the North Haven Public Schools and since 1994 has directed the award-winning band, orchestra and Jazz ensembles. In April he will perform an eclectic program at St. Mary’s church as part of their new concert series.
Again, the Children’s Choir from Christ the Redeemer Church will sing as part of the concert. The Choir was founded 10 years ago for children in grades K-6 and sings at the monthly Children’s Mass and at other church and community events. Martha Mahoney founded and has directed the Children’s Choir for the past 10 years, following her retirement from the Milford School System where she served as Music Department Co-coordinator of the city music program. She presently serves as assistant to Laura Hartshorn. This is the third year they will sing at this concert. Hartshorn is the newly appointed Director of the Choir. She is a graduate of the Orange/Amity school system and received her degree in Music Education from NYU. She has taught in the Milford schools and is presently teaching in Fairfield. She is also the director of a graduate student a capella vocal ensemble. They will sing a medley of Holiday songs and take part in the final sing a long.
An additional performer will be the late Mayor and Mrs. Lisman’s granddaughter who will play violin during the final singing of Silent Night.