Christmas At The Peristyle

The Andersons Family Series

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

December 2, 2017

Concert Time: 3:00 pm

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Sara Jobin, conductor
Aleks Romano, mezzo-soprano

Back by popular demand, Christmas at the Peristyle will again present the songs and stories of the season in an event that your family will remember for years to come. This Saturday matinee will feature sing-a-longs, the talented Toledo Opera Chorus, Toledo Symphony School of Music, and a special visit from Santa. Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 pm. This concert sold out last year, so get your tickets now!

 

Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin has a passion for opera, new and American repertoire, and sacred music.

She is Chief Conductor of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York, and Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Toledo Opera.

In 2004, she had the honor of making history as the first woman to conduct mainstage subscription performances at San Francisco Opera, conducting Tosca with Carol Vaness and Der fliegende Holländer with Nina Stemme. Jobin has returned to that podium for 16 performances of five different productions since then, including Philip Glass' “Appomattox” and the world premiere production of “The Secret Garden.”

Jobin has guest conducted the opera companies in Arizona, Baltimore (where she was again the first woman), Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara, Anchorage, Tacoma, and Idaho. She has also conducted the Dayton Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Bochumer Philharmoniker.  Internationally, she has also led American operas in Szeged, Hungary, and Avignon, France, and brought one in workshop form to Shanghai.

Her first full-length recording, the comedy “Volpone” by John Musto, was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Her discography also includes a Brubeck premiere with beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade.

As a freelancer, Jobin particularly seeks out projects that increase cross-cultural or interfaith understanding.  Recently she led a performance of the Bach B minor Mass at Dachau in memory of Noorunisa Inayat Khan, a Sufi Muslim who gave her life as a British spy in WW II.  She premiered Mohican composer Brent Michael David’s “The Purchase of Manhattan,” told from the Native American perspective, at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York, and portions of Shelia Silver’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” a work still in progress, at the Opera America New Works Forum.

Named a Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar by Harvard College, Jobin tends to defy traditional categories. She earned her black belt in judo on the same day as conducting “Beethoven's Fifth” for the first time. She sang for many years in the Glide Ensemble, a gospel choir featured in the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness” with Will Smith; prefers to ride a bicycle for transportation year round; and is looking for more opportunities to conduct sacred music. Tired of operas where the women die victimized by society, Jobin founded the Different Voice Opera Project in collaboration with Carol Gilligan.

Jobin comes from a multi-colored, multi-faith family with a strong tradition of social justice activism. She pledges her talent to increase the peace.

 

Mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano has been hailed as representing “the best of the new operatic training and integrated performance.” Consistently praised for her integrity of character and lush vocal presence, Ms. Romano was awarded First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. She was a 2015 Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award winner and second place winner in the Southeast Region of the 2015-2016 Metropolitan National Council Auditions.

After making her return during the summer to the Glimmerglass Festival as Aurelio in The Siege of Calais, Ms. Romano’s 2017-2018 season began with a debut with Madison Opera essaying the title role in Carmen. She also made her debut with Austin Opera singing the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos.

The 2016-2017 season featured company debuts with Portland Opera and Piedmont Opera as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, a return to Washington National Opera as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and another company debut with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware in the role of Arsace in Semiramide. She joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte. On the concert stage she appeared with the Kansas City Symphony for performances of the Mozart Requiem, and the Jacksonville Symphony for Handel’s Messiah.

Ms. Romano returned to Washington National Opera as Mercedes in Carmen, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, and covered the role of Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, during the 2015-2016 season. Additionally, she premiered the first act of Sheila Silver’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, as part of Opera America’s New Works Showcase and in workshop performances in Key West, FL.

A Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Romano was also awarded the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize from Yale School of Music. In summer 2014, Aleks covered Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Sondra Finchley in An American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival. Ms. Romano is also an alumna of the Wolf Trap Studio (2011, 2012).

A huge proponent of art song and concert repertoire, Ms. Romano has been seen in solo recital at Yale University and Bard College, and presented a joint recital at the National Opera Center with other Domingo-Cafritz young artists in the spring of 2015. Previous concert appearances include the Yale Philharmonia (Woolsey Concerto Competition Winner, 2014), Voices of Cooperstown, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. She has received additional prizes from Opera Theater CT (First Place, Amici Vocal Competition, 2014), Yale University (Lotte Lenya Scholarship, 2013), the Bard College Concerto Competition (2009, 2010), the Classical Singer University Competition (national semifinalist, 2010), and the Presser Foundation (2009).

 

Celebrate this holiday season with 20% savings when you purchase 10 or more tickets to The Nutcracker and Christmas at The Peristyle. Enjoy these Christmas classics with your co-workers, friends, and family! To learn more, contact Mary Isabell at 419-418-0032 or misabell@toledosymphony.com.

 

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