Looking for something to do tonight that will warm your spirit AND keep you out of the cold?
Grace Church Van Vorst launches it new “Friday Nights at Grace” concert series tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm. The classical recital will feature mezzo-soprano Debi Wong accompanied by Colin Britt. Mr. Britt is the Musical Director at Grace. Art songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Colin Britt will be performed.
The concert is free of charge. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Praised for her “effective performances” (The Vancouver Sun) and “rich tone” (Musical Notes Vancouver), mezzo-soprano Debi Wong is fast establishing herself as a dynamic and unique performer.
Highlights of this season include the role of the “Sorceress” in the Aldeburgh production of Dido and Aeneas, as well as recitals with: the Vantaa Early Music Festival in Helsinki, Finland, Midtown Concerts in New York City, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Her recent performances include Love and Death in Venice with Montreal’s Les Voix Baroque, the role of Venere in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with Stephen Stubbs and the Early Music Guild of Seattle, the 1610 Vespers with Alexander Weimann and the Early Music Vancouver, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruce Pullan, and Messiah with the New Haven Symphony.
As well as performing and studying early music, Ms. Wong is also an active recitalist. Recent collaborations include “Sweet and Low: The Songs of George Gershwin and Dana Suesse” with world renowned pianist, Sara Davis Buechner at the Baruch Centre for Performing Arts in New York city and “You Left Me Legacies: Stories for Voice and Piano” with pianist, composer, and conductor, Colin Britt.
Colin Britt, originally from Maine, holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Hartt School and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. During his time at Yale, he studied conducting with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, Simon Carrington, and Masaaki Suzuki. He conducted the Marquand Chapel Choir and served as assistant conductor with the Yale Camerata. He has studied composition with David Macbride, Larry Alan Smith, Ken Steen, and Stephen Gryc, organ with Ezequiel Menendez, piano with Margreet Francis and Brian Franck, voice with Wayne Rivera and Cherie Caluda, and conducting with Edward Bolkovac. He has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Greater Middletown Chorale, Con Brio, and Concora.
His compositions have been performed by ensembles at Westminster Choir College, Hartt, Yale, and throughout the region, including the Hartt Chorale, the Yale Schola Cantorum, the Yale Alumni Chorus, and the Greater Middletown Chorale. In the 2008-2009 season, he was the composer-in-residence for the New Haven Chorale. His works have been performed in several states and by ensembles touring China, Austria, Hungary, Georgia, Armenia, and the Czech Republic. He was a finalist in the 2013 Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Competition for Young Composers. His choral compositions are published with Alliance Music Publications and GIA Publications.
Colin has served as music director of Marquand Chapel at Yale, on the adjunct conducting faculty at Hartt, as the conductor of the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, and as the assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He serves as director of music for Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, and he is currently pursuing a DMA in Choral Conducting with Patrick Gardner at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.