Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 3:00pm
1707 16th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960
SMETANA Die Moldau
ELGAR Sea Pictures
MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture ('Fingal's Cave')
SIBELIUS Swan of Tuonela
Eliza Dopira, soprano
Kristin Naigus, english horn
Smetana, Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius are highlighted in a thrilling program that celebrates the beauty, power, and mystery of the sea. The program opens with Hebrides Overture, a work conceived by Mendelssohn’s Scottish trip and his visit to Fingal’s Cave, which inspired his musical representation of the eerie sounds produced by the echoes of waves. Soprano, Eliza Dopira joins the orchestra to sing Elgar’s evocative song cycle, Sea Pictures, based on poems evoking fear and fascination with the sea. Kristin Naigus will be featured on Jean Sibelius' haunting and solitary lament, The Swan of Tuonela. A beautifully mystical work, this is certainly some of Sibelius’ most picturesque writing, pulling us into a vast, eternal soundscape of slowly-shifting colors. The concert is rounded out with two of the most popular and rousing works in the orchestral repetoire, Smetana's Die Moldau and Sibelius' Finlandia.
(Symphony for Everyone tickets are currently not available due to very limited seating. We will make the program available the day before if seats remain open.)
Eliza Dopira has been praised for her “vibrant tone” (Cecilia Porter, Washington Post) as well as her “thoughtful phrasing” and “shining work” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). Eliza has appeared as a soloist with Brevard Community Chorus and she is no stranger to the King Center Stage. Eliza has also performed as a soloist with The Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony. Ms. Dopira has performed several operatic roles with Sarasota Opera, Baltimore Opera, Washington Summer Opera, and Lake George Opera. An accomplished concert artist, Ms. Dopira was chosen to premiere The Suite from Sophie's Choice by Nicholas Maw at Peabody Conservatory's Grand Reopening Celebration. She has performed Ravel's "Chanson Madécasses" with members of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC to sold-out crowds. Other concert appearances include the Beethoven 9th with the River Cities Symphony, Mahler Symphony No. 3 with Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Ravel's Shéherézade with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems and Handel’s Messiah.
Ms. Dopira is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, where she earned a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera in the studio of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, as well as a Master’s Degree in Voice. A native of Melbourne, Florida, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University in the studio of Yvonne Ciannella. Eliza serves as a full time Instructor of Music at Florida Institute of Technology.
Orlando-based oboist Kristin Naigus is an active freelance orchestral musician. She performs regularly in over half a dozen professional symphonies and countless other ensembles throughout the state of Florida, including the Gainesville Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and Space Coast Symphony. She has shared the stage with names such as Idina Menzel, Johnny Mathis, and Kansas on their Florida tours, as well as video game symphony productions such as "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy", "Videogames Live" and "Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions". Not only a section player, Kristin has participated in solo and chamber concerts in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. She gave the southeast US premiere of Aaron J. Kernis' "Colored Field" concerto for English horn in 2014, and of Kevin Puts' Concerto for Oboe and Strings in 2015. She holds degrees in oboe performance from the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.
Alongside live performances, Kristin is a remote session musician for video games, tv, and other media. In addition to oboe and English horn, she has recorded on flute, clarinet, bassoon, and several world instruments, providing composers with unique timbre choices to suit their musical needs.
As an arranger, she has contributed to several video game remix projects and is a co-producer of the Billboard-charting Project Destati, paying tribute to Disney & Square-Enix's "Kingdom Hearts" series. Her albums, as well as her personal Youtube channel, are enjoyed by a wide audience of gaming and music enthusiasts alike.