St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble to perform all-Czech program at Quick Center for the Arts


St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, a division of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, will perform an all-Czech program at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. The guest artist is soprano, Greta Feeney.

On the program are: Zelenka's "Sonata for Two Oboes and Continuo in F major;" Janacek's "Suite for Strings;" Myslivecek's "Palesar vorrei col pianto" from Il Bellerofonte, and "Cedere e forza, o cara? Luci belle, se piangete" from Medonte; followed by the finale, Zelenka's "Suite for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Strings in F major."

Greta Feeney, a native of Nantucket, Massachusetts, recently appeared as Diana in Gluck's "Iphigenie en Tauride" at the Spoleto Festival, USA. She made her international debut in 1998 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and was invited to return in 1999 to perform Haydn's "Creation."

A winner of the Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation Study Grants and the George London Award for Singers, she was twice featured in the Alice Tully Hall Gala concerts. Her operatic roles include Tytania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Baucis in "Philemon und Baucis" Franzi in "Wienerblut," and Mascha in "The Chocolate Soldier."

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1974 when a group of 20 musicians offered a season of concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Their early programs, which included chamber works, music for chamber orchestra, chamber operas and premiere performances of works by leading American composers, reflected the versatility and cohesiveness which have become St. Luke's hallmarks.

The Chamber Ensemble consists of virtuoso artists who perform both nationally and abroad as well as an annual subscription series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Museum of Arts. Playing in a variety of configurations, their repertoire ranges from Baroque suites to contemporary works of large mixed ensembles.

Tickets to the concert are $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. Elizabeth Ostrow, the orchestra's director of planning, will give a pre-concert Art to Heart talk from 7 to 7:40 p.m. For more information call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 6, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 169