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For Immediate Release: 15 March 2017

CONCORD, N.H.—A king desperate to retain control of his kingdom, a commander on a quest to conquer, a girl caught in the crossfire, a knight confident in love's power, a witch searching to belong: these are the dynamic characters of Handel's Rinaldo. The Musicians of Wall Street present an evening of operatic adventure at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord.

The program will feature Andrea Veal, voice; Steven Lundahl, recorder; Bozena O’Brien, violin; Kate Jensik, cello; and Kathryn Southworth, harpsichord and piano, all members of the Concord Community Music School’s faculty.

This concert will explore the opera through the eyes of the two main female characters, the witch Armida and the commander's daughter Almirena, fiancée to the warrior Rinaldo. The world of Rinaldo is one of dragons, sirens, a raging sea, a utopian garden, flying spirits, an enchanted palace, monsters, and a treacherous mountain that stands in love’s way. It is a place of fantasy but also one filled with compelling human emotion that remains completely current to us hundreds of years after its first performance.

A visually rich performance, the concert will include seven fully staged and costumed arias from the opera, along with beautiful instrumental works that propel the dramatic arc of the story. The program will include "Furie terribili” (Armida’s striking entrance aria), the perennially popular and heartbreaking "Lascia ch'io pianga," the bird aria "Augelletti," the magical "Vo' far guerra," and more.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ccmusicschool.org or call (603) 228-1196.

About the Artists

Andrea Veal, soprano, received an MA in music history and a BA in vocal performance from the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Melopeo, and Capella Alamire, among others. She can be heard on the Dünya label CD, “The Language of the Birds,” and regularly appears on Musicians of Wall Street concerts. She is the soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Portsmouth, NH. Ms. Veal is the director of the Andrea Veal Voice Studio in Rochester, New Hampshire, and is on the faculties of the Concord Community Music School and UNH’s Summer Youth Music School. She is the district governor of New Hampshire and Vermont for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a long-time officer of the Granite State chapter.

Steven Lundahl, recorder, holds a B.A. in Music Education from the College of St. Scholastica. He has performed with the Boston Camerata, Boston Baroque, Mercury Houston, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Calliope, Waverly Consort, Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Ensemble Project Ars Nova, Tafelmusik, and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Lundahl can be heard on recordings with Angel/EMI, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Telarc, and other labels. He has taught at community music schools in Belmont and Brookline (MA) and the Dedham Country Day School.

Bozena O’Brien, violin, was born in Poland and, at age 10, immigrated to the United States. She trained as “Young Artist” member at Tanglewood, at Boston University, where she was a student of Walter Eisenberg and later studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She holds a certificate for Suzuki pedagogy and Suzuki Book 1, and is in her 29th year of teaching at Concord Community Music School, where she is string department chair. Bozena has taught at St. Paul's School for 20 years, String Class at PSU, Holderness Preparatory School and Kimball Union Academy. She performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, CCMS Musicians of Wall Street, Handel Society of Darmouth, various choral and chamber groups in NH, maintains a home studio and continues to perform as a freelance violinist throughout New England.

Kate Jensik, cello, is a graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Music. She received an Artists Diploma from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, studying with renowned teacher and performer Rhonda Rider. She also studied at the Janacek Academy of Music in the Czech Republic and has participated in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Benjamin Zander and Paul Katz. Ms. Jensik has taught at the Powers Music School, the Rivers Music School, Ithaca Talent Education Suzuki School, Ithaca College and Brandeis University.

Kathryn Southworth, harpsichord and piano, holds a B.M. in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and an M.M. in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois. While pursuing her graduate studies, she held an assistantship as staff accompanist under the tutelage of acclaimed accompanist John Wustman, and served as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica as accompanist for soprano Ollie Watts Davis. She has been a collaborative pianist for such organizations as Opera North, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, and Boston Ballet, and has also served as music director, accompanist, and organist for numerous theater and choral groups throughout New England. She was the pianist for Belle Voci for over 10 years, and performs regularly with the Musicians of Wall Street Ensemble. She has been an interim piano faculty member at Plymouth State University. At St. Paul’s School she was a member of the piano faculty for ten years, and has also been music director/accompanist for the dance department and chapel organist for the Advanced Studies Program. She is music director for The Canterbury Singers, and serves as the music director and organist for the Canterbury United Community Church. She resides in Canterbury, NH with her family.

About the Concord Community Music School

Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens and children of all musical abilities, 53 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership. # # #