For the 11th year, Rochester hosts the CLASSICAL IDOL International Vocal Competition, widely considered as an essential step for emerging solo vocal artists, on SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017, 7:30 P.M. at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue in Rochester. Tickets for this gala event ($75) presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society are available online at http://idolxi.bpt.me/ or through the ROS Office, (585) 473-2234. Please contact the ROS Office to arrange for tables of up to 8 guests.
Thrilling performances of vocal artistry mark careers in the making as ten international competitors demonstrate the expressive power of the human voice through polished renditions of the most moving classics of opera, art song, and oratorio. Distinguished judges offer constructive commentary in real-time before choosing the next Classical Idol.
Judging this season are ERIE MILLS, Metropolitan Opera soprano, coach and mentor to young performers; CONSTANCE FEE, international performing artist, Associate Professor of Vocal Performance, Director of Vocal Studies at Roberts Wesleyan College; DOUGLAS KINNEY FROST, internationally-active opera conductor; and JONATHAN BEYER, international baritone solo artist. ERIC TOWNELL, Artistic Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society and Rochester Lyric Opera, chairs the panel.
Julia Figueras, Music Director and Midday Host for Classical 91.5 WXXI Public Broadcasting, emcees the event. Audiences gather at 7:00 for premium wines, hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction, then enjoy the performances. After elegant desserts, coffee and tea at intermission, and a final round of contestants, audience members select the Audience Favorite before grand prizes are awarded.
Classical Idol is the fourth event of the 71st season of productions for ROS, the region’s oldest and finest large, mixed chorus. Information about the chorus and Classical Idol may be found at www.ROSsings.org or by calling the office at (585) 473-2234.
Quote from a previous Idol winner and recent panelist, JONATHAN BEYER:
It is such an honor to receive first place and the Audience Favorite award at the Classical Idol competition. It was such a marvelous group of singers and was a really wonderful experience.
First Prize Winner and Audience Favorite
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