Brevard College Hosts Gala Vocal Chamber Music in Concert Nov. 22

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Brevard College will host a performance by Gala Vocal Chamber Music on Friday, Nov. 22 in the College’s Porter Center for Performing Arts.

The 7:30 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the College’s new Guest Artist Series this year.

Gala Vocal Chamber Music is comprised of Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert. Together, they perform vivid chamber works from the European baroque to 21st century America, including the music of Handel, Schubert, Ravel, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Elizabeth Vercoe, and others.

Called “affecting, superb” by The New York Times, Fortunato has performed with pre-eminent American symphonies including Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco, Houston, Cleveland, Boston, and Dallas. She has performed leading roles with major opera companies, including the New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Opera San Jose and has appeared in festivals, including Berlin’s Spectrum Concerts, the Rome Bach Festival, Marlboro, Casals, Tanglewood, Blossom and Newport.

In 2006, Fortunato was a Grammy nominee in three categories, including best classical vocal recording. A regional Met Winner, she also received the Naumburg Prize and the Jacopo Peri Award. Fortunato serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory College Division.

Bloom’s work encompasses a wide range of chamber music, both old and new. He is also a jazz performer. Bloom was a winner of the Noah Greenberg Award of the American Musicological Society for his work in 19th century American music. He has appeared on 30 CDs and has performed worldwide, including at the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, Metropolitan Museum, the Regent’s School in Bangkok, National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Lake George Jazz Weekend and the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival.

An acclaimed concert pianist and harpist, Rupert has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Louisville Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller, and The New Philharmonia Orchestra. She has taken her music around the world, performing before audiences at Carnegie Recital Hall to the Beijing Concert Hall, and giving solo piano recitals at venues, including Longy School of Music, Missouri Western College, Tufts University and Western Michigan University.

For additional information, contact the Brevard College Division of Fine Arts at 828.884.8211.