In BACH, we believe the language of music crosses all barriers. By presenting the musical heritage of various cultures along with Western Classical music through a diverse roster of ensembles, we strengthen, enrich and connect the musical communities of the Bay Area and beyond, exposing various audiences to a wide spectrum of musical genres. Seeking to resonate with generations young and old, BACH provides a vibrant, energetic environment for young artists to perform alongside seasoned professionals.
SATURDAY March, 14 @ 7:30
BACH & ACC Presents: Evening of Songs & Piano Music
From Kirk Eichelberger, Bass and John Boyajy, Piano
Music by: Mozart, Brahms, Ravel and Grieg
Please join BACH and Arlington Community Church for an evening of wonderful Songs and Piano music from Mozart, Brahms, Ravel and Grieg, featuring pianist John Boyajy & Kirk Eichelberger, Bass
John Boyajy received his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School of Music. He appeared at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center; many college campuses; on the Concerts Grand and Dance Palace piano series in Marin County; Sebastopol Center for the Arts; and Old First Church and the Victorian Englander House in San Francisco. John performed the Beethoven Fourth and Schumann Piano Concertos and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra and Chorus under Andrew Chung. In addition to public appearances, he performs at private homes and is often involved in fundraisers and similar community events.
As a collaborative artist, John has appeared with dozens of singers, including Maxine Bernstein, Executive Director of San Francisco-based LIEDER ALIVE!; Roberta Wain-Becker, director of Golden Gate Opera; and nationally acclaimed basso Kirk Eichelberger. He has also accompanied almost every orchestral instrument, with the notable exceptions of the piccolo and euphonium. John has written commentary on the Bay Area classical music scene for San Francisco Classical Voice and is a Board member of the Marin County branch of the California Music Teachers’ Association and San Francisco-based LIEDER ALIVE!
As a teacher of both children and adults, John emphasizes a strong, natural technique and shares his passion for the piano and its incomparable literature. His approach successfully assists students in achieving their highest potential. His students have won honors (up to and including first prize) in many Bay Area competitions. In his vocal coaching work, John focuses on good diction, maintenance of the line through good support, and overall musicianship.
John has served as a judge at many competitions, including the United States Open Music Competition. He is a member of the music ministry team at All Saints Lutheran Church in Novato where, in addition to accompanying the choir, he appears as tenor soloist. http://jboyajy.homestead.com
Bass Kirk Eichelberger has been praised for “commanding the stage at every turn” (San Francisco Chronicle) and for his “resonant bass and riveting stage presence.” (Dayton City Paper) During the 2012-2013 season he performed as Ferrando in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Il Trovatore and joined The Metropolitan Opera roster for productions of Les Troyens and Don Carlo.
Recent engagements include The Emperor in Tan Dun’s Tea and Don Fernando in Fidelio both with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mephistopheles in Faust with Opera Grand Rapids, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera Manitoba. He sang The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Memphis, and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Sacramento Opera. On stage with the Festival Opera of Walnut Creek he has performed Timur in Turandot, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore.
Concert engagements include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’sMessiah, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach’s B-minor Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Pärt’s Litany, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Kodály’sBudavári Te Deum and Einhorn’s Voices of Light.
A regular recitalist with Lieder Alive in the Bay Area, Mr. Eichelberger has performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Brahm’s Vier ernste Gesänge, Strauss’ Rückert Lieder and Wolf’s Michelangelo Lieder
Mr. Eichelberger was a national finalist in the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 1999 MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers. He holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. www.operasj.org/about-us/former-resident-artists/kirk-eichelberger-bass
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED DURING THE CONCERT
MARCH 14TH, SATURDAY @ 7:30PM
ARLINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA
TICKETS: $18 General, $15 Seniors (65+), and $12 Students
FRIDAY February 13, @ 7:30
BACH & ACC Presents: Opera Recital
Please join BACH and Arlington Community Church for an evening of opera recital featuring music from well known operas, Joseph Hammer and Katelyn Neumann. They will be performing selective songs from composers: Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, Richard Georg Strauss , Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Gian Carlo Menotti & Gustav Mahler. Accompanied by Naomi Stine on piano.
Joseph Hammer’s voice has been described as “powerful” (BostonEdge) and as showing “warm baritone gravity” (The Boston Globe). In recent seasons, Joseph appeared in the role of Doctor Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with North Bay Opera and in the role of Wagner in Gounod’s Faust with Opera San Jose. Other highlights of his operatic repertoire include Escamillo in Carmen, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, John Proctor in The Crucible and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Joseph’s training includes the young artist program of Opera New Jersey, where he covered the role of Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He was also a member of the Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program of the Central City Opera, where he performed the role of a Guest in a new production of Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street. Joseph holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.
Joseph’s recent concert appearances as soloist include the Duruflé Requiem with the UC Berkeley University Chorus, Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Solano Symphony, Charpentier’s Te Deum with Chora Nova, and Schütz’s Symphonae Sacrae with the California Bach Society. Other previous soloist engagements include Faure’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Hadyn’s St. Nicolas Mass, and Bach’s Magnificat. www.sepphammer.com
Katelyn Neumann hails from Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Neumann has a B.A. in Music from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge. Ms. Neumann has been the recipient of numerous accolades from both local and national music organizations. Ms. Neumann has performed several operatic roles including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with BASOTI, Mother with Capitol City Opera in Atlanta in the world premiere of Curtis Bryant’s The Secret Agent, and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Capitol City Opera, to name a few. Ms. Neumann has also performed with Opera San Jose in its 2014 productions of Madama Butterfly and Don Giovanni, and looks forward to performing with them again in their upcoming production of The Magic Flute. Ms. Neumann also enjoys performing operetta and made her Lamplighters Musical Theatre debut as Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe in 2013, and performed leading roles with Lyric Theatre of San Jose as Mrs. Crocker in The Prince of Pilsen and Lady Sophy in Utopia Limited in 2014. Ms. Neumann also enjoys performing as a soloist throughout California and is excited to be performing with the Bay Area Classical Harmonies. www.katelynneumann.com
Naomi Stine began playing the piano at age four and has been surrounded by music ever since. At age twenty Ms. Stine studied piano with Dr. Bruce Cook at Diablo Valley College, and in 2004 was chosen to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 K.488 as a live soloist with the Diablo Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2006, Ms. Stine has studied piano with world renowned concert pianist Roger Woodward at San Francisco State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She earned her Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance under Roger Woodward. Ms. Stine has participated in many recitals and competitions at San Francisco State University and plans to pursue a Doctorate of Music upon her graduation in the Spring. Ms. Stine is excited and eager to pursue teaching piano to students of ages and walks of life throughout her musical career. www.vibomusicschool.com/NaomiStine.html
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13th @ 7:30PM
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Avenue
Refreshments, wine and snacks provided.
Tickets: $18 General Admission; $15 Seniors;
$12 Student at the door