Ti Festival Guild to host pianist, singer

TICONDEROGA The piano concert originally scheduled by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild featuring Jennifer Moore is now a shared program with Deborah Lynn Cole, a Metropolitan Opera National Council winner.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga. The program will be followed by desserts and beverages. Ticket price for the afternoon affair is $10.

Moore and Cole will present a program of Mozart arias, German Lieder, Gershwin standards and works for solo piano by Schumann, Haydn and Scarlatti. They have been collaborating in recital for several years, presenting everything from American art song, jazz and musical theater repertoire to opera and Lieder.

Moore is currently a graduate student at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, working toward a master of music education degree. For summer 2007 she was music director and pianist for the Essex Theater Companys production of Company, as well as My Fair Lady in Willsboro, West Side Story in Ausable Valley, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in Westport.

Moore conducted two performances of the Faure Requiem with the Champlain Valley Chorale and the Pleasant Valley Chorale this past spring. She has spent the past four years as pianist/organist at St. Patricks Church in Port Henry and has presented well over a dozen concerts for the community while in residence. She is also the co-conductor/accompanist for the Champlain Valley Chorale in Ticonderoga.

Lyric coloratura Cole began her career singing in opera houses in Boston, Houston, Denver and Pittsburgh before moving on to Europe. From 1989 to 1996, she was a soloist at the opera house in Osnabruck, Germany, and the Hessen State Theater in Weisbaden. Since then she has been performing as a freelance artist with engagements in such opera houses as Frankfurt, Hannover, Mannheim and Berlin.

She has a vast repertoire of roles. Her musical styles range from opera, operetta, musical, art song and oratorio, all the way to jazz. She has established herself as a welcome guest in the concert hall throughout the United States and Europe, performing with many American symphonies and orchestras. She has numerous recordings on radio and television. Cole has been teaching voice at Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany since 2003.

Tickets will be sold at the church prior to the concert. Further information is available from the Ticonderoga Festival Guild at 585-6716.

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