The library has partnered with the Texas Bach Festival to bring Angelo Ferrari, tenor, with Toby Blumenthal, piano, for a free concert entitled “Serata Lirica.” This brilliant concert will kick
The library has partnered with the Texas Bach Festival to bring Angelo Ferrari, tenor, with Toby Blumenthal, piano, for a free concert entitled “Serata Lirica.” This brilliant concert will kick off the Bach festival’s 2020 season in true dramatic style, featuring masterwork arias and songs by great composers such as Gluck, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.
Italian tenor Angelo Ferrari has been performing professionally for over 30 years, delighting audiences throughout the world. Trained in the Italian art of bel canto by his father and acclaimed tenor Lazzaro Ferrari, Mr. Ferrari has specialized, to critical acclaim, in the dramatically and vocally challenging roles written by composers such as Bellini, Donizetti, and Puccini, that few tenors have undertaken successfully. Mr. Ferrari’s talent inspired Maestro Kurt Herman Wilhelm to write “Angelo will be one of the important tenors of the 21st century.”
Mr. Ferrari will be accompanied by Toby Blumenthal, who has appeared as soloist with many ensembles including the Chicago and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She has received high acclaim for her numerous chamber music performances with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and duo recitals with her late husband Philadelphia Orchestra cellist, Bert Phillips, and other internationally renown artists. A native of Chicago, she is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Music, and the University of Houston (graduate studies); post graduate studies with Leonard Shure at the University of Texas, and Rudolph Serkin at Marboro Chamber Music Institute in Vermont. Ms. Blumenthal is a Steinway Artist.
Ms. Blumenthal is currently director of the CHAMPS (chamber music public schools) for Salon Concerts, Austin, Texas. and Artistic Director and Pianist for Classic Chamber Concerts in Georgetown and Round Rock. She has participated in the Georgetown Festival of the Arts for the past five seasons. Toby and her late husband, Bert Phillips founded the Luzerne Music Center and the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival in Lake Luzerne, NY in 1980 where they shared executive and artistic directorships, and Toby developed the Piano Studies Program where she shared her talents each summer with many aspiring young musicians. She was also Founder and Co- Artistic Director of Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida where she performed with the Luzerne Trio (Raymond Gniewek-violin, Bert Phillips-cello), and the Philadelphia Piano Quartet (Norman Carol-violin, Lamar Alsop-viola, Bert Phillips-cello) from 1995 to 2009.
Mr. Ferrari was the winner of the first prize in the 2007 Mario Del Monaco Foundation competition, he has performed the leading tenor role in La Boheme, La Fille du Reginment, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, La Sonnambula, La Favorita, Il Trovatore, I Puritani, I Pescatori di Perle, La Traviata and many more in major theaters in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and many other countries.. He is also in great demand as a soloist for oratorios, both from the early music period as well as modern pieces such as the Missa Bosniensi world premiere.
Mr. Ferrari’s 2013 album Pasión Latina is a collection of famous romantic melodies and showcases his versatility. 2014 and 2015 included several concerts in Europe, most notably Verdi’s masterpiece Messa da Requiem in Vienna. In 2016, Mr. Ferrari’s talent and contributions to the Houston arts scene were recognized when the City of Houston proclaimed April 24th, 2016 as “Angelo Ferrari Day”. He continues to perform and is a firm believer in opportunities for young artists and exposing new audiences to the wonders of music.
The performance is free and open to the public, a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.
(Sunday) 2:00 pm
Georgetown Public Library - Hewlett Room
402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626
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