Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
Yvonne Gonzales Redman, soprano
Sharon Yost, soprano
Kyle Jones, tenor
Michael John Foster, baritone
Your Space Coast Symphony rings in the New Year with four powerhouse soloists to bring you music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Popular songs from Cats, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Carousel, and much more come to the stage for this thrilling tribute to the kings of Broadway.
Yvonne Gonzales Redman has enjoyed a 18-year career as a main stage soprano at the Metropolitan Opera including 199 onstage performances as a principal soloist, including 26 live radio and television broadcasts. Highlights include Zerlina in Don Giovanni (James Levine, conductor); Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore (with Luciano Pavarotti for his 30th anniversary gala); Jouvenot in Adrianna Lecouvreur (in Mirella Freni's final performances of this work); and in Parsifal with Placido Domingo, to name only a few highlights of her career. A grand prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition and the Eleanor McCullum Houston Grand Opera competition.
Ms. Redman has performed at the Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap, Opera Illinois, and the Houston Grand Opera, where she sang the world premiere of Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazones. She was featured in the role of Mimi in La Boheme in the Bregenz Festival in Austria.
She has shared the stage with some of the greatest operatic artists, including Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Nathan Gunn, Bryn Terfel, Teresa Stratas, Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Carol Vaness, Dawn Upshaw, Denise Graves, Paul Groves, Ben Heppner, Jerry Hadley, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Rene Pape, and Thomas Hampson. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include James Levine, James Conlon (Music Director of Ravinia, among other titles), Sir Charles Mackerras, Leonard Slatkin, Richard Bonynge, and Murry Sidlin.
Michael John Foster is a Central Florida artist with an international career who divides his time between performing, directing and teaching. Michael, an Actor's Equity Association (AEA) artist, has a Bachelors degree in music from Liberty University and a Masters degree in voice from Florida State University and a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Illinois where he was a 2011 Krannert Center Debut artist nominee and studied with Grammy award winner and Metropolitan Opera artist Nathan Gunn. He has previously appeared in many productions including the Baker in Into the Woods, Tony in West Side Story, Kodaly in She Loves Me, and Smudge in the touring company of Forever Plaid to name a few. Michael has recently been seen with the U of I opera as Sid in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring and as Don Giovanni, Leporello and Ben Franklin in the U of I opera studio course led by Dawn Harris and Ricardo Herrera. In concert, Michael has been featured soloist for works such as Steiner Requiem, Messiah, Haydn's Creation, and Handel's Saul appearing with groups such as the Skaneatles Choral Society in New York and The Nashville Chamber Singers at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
He is also an accomplished stage director having most recently directed Into The Woods, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Magic Flute, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Light in the Piazza, Sondheim's Company, and Steel Magnolias. He has spent several summers performing and teaching at the Scuola Italia Summer Program for Young Opera Singers in Urbania, Italy and currently heads their newest program for singing actors, which he developed, called The Program for Lyric Theatre. Michael has been featured as the lead in several commercials, as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast Live at Disney's Hollywood Studios and is known as convention speaker specializing in acting methods for singers. Michael also leads the Arts and Culture Committee of North Brevard, a team which specializes in creating opportunities for artists to excel while enriching the lives in the community of Florida's Space Coast. More about Michael John Foster is available on his website at www.drmichaeljohnfoster.com.
A transplant from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Kyle Jones has been working with church choirs and various choral ensembles for over 20 years, directing both sacred and secular music in communities all over the southeastern United States. Mr. Jones has had the privilege of working alongside some of America’s top choral conductors, including Dr. André Thomas, Dr. Anton Armstrong, Dr. Jerry McCoy, the late David Davidson and the late Robert Shaw. Other experiences have allowed him to work with internationally-known conductors Andre Previn and James Conlon. In addition, Mr. Jones has served as a choral clinician for the Florida Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodist in Music and Worship Arts, musical director for the Little Theater Summer Music productions in Bainbridge, GA and director of the Tarrant Lutheran Chorale in Fort Worth, TX. A composer of sacred choral music, Mr. Jones is the director of music and worship arts and organist at Eastminster Presbyterian in Indialantic, Florida, as well as the interim director of Brevard's premier choral ensemble, the Indialantic Chamber Singers. This year, Kyle was just named Chorus Director of the Space Coast Symphony Chorus. Mr. Jones is a graduate of Furman University and attended Florida State University for voice performance. He holds a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas in Denton.