Apollo50 Celebration

Music & Dinner under the Rocket!

at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, 
in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Saturday – April 27, 2019

Dinner at 5:30pm & Concert at 7:00pm

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Soprano

A Medley of Songs

Angela Brown personifies the ideal soprano: sheer vocal power; luxurious finesse; and shimmering, high pianissimos. With a charming personality larger than life, she unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice. A featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award® winning recording “Ask Your Mama,” Angela’s international reputation continues to grow.

A 1997 National Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions Winner, Ms. Brown received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, where she studied with Ginger Beazley. She attended the Indiana University School of Music as a student in the studio of Virginia Zeani. Ms. Brown received the Indiana University African American Arts Institute’s inaugural Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award in 2006, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions made in the arts by former members of the Institute. Ms. Brown is featured in “Nineteen Stars of Indiana,” a book by Michael S. Maurer about nineteen, living Hoosier women with successful and inspirational life stories, released by Indiana University Press in December 2008. Angela is a proud recipient of the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Governor’s Arts Award from the Governor of Indiana, a Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie in Indiana, and a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame.

Terra Incognita (a commissioned work)

three songs for voice and piano to texts by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and D. H. Lawrence
Composer

Pianist and composer Daniel Pesca is both a passionate advocate for new music and a committed performer of the chamber music repertoire. He seeks a musical practice that mingles the solo and the collaborative, the new and the old—bringing different musics into conversation with one another. He has shared the stage with many leading new music ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, Dal Niente, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has recently performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, on the Dame Myra Hess concerts, at June in Buffalo, and at festivals devoted to contemporary music in Spain, Italy, and Greece.

Daniel is featured on recordings from Block M Records and Urtext Classics—including a performance of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s piano concerto, Diaries, dedicated to Daniel. His recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner, with flutist Sarah Frisof, was released on Centaur Records in July 2016. He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he led a class on contemporary keyboard literature and studied piano with Nelita True.

Soprano

Artistic Director of Opera Upper West, Alexandra Fees‘ work has been described by the New York Times as “captivating, immersive…almost voyeuristic.” Her most recent production of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied on a Vietnam aircraft carrier for New York Opera Fest 2017 was described by Operawire as “provocative and appealing.” Her production of #TheCell: La voix humaine/The Telephone, in which two women’s relationships with their cell phones isolate them from their human connections, premiered at New York Opera Fest 2016. Eric Simpson wrote of #TheCell, “In the end, this isn’t a piece about how tittering iPhone’s have ruined our lives— its about the fact that technology can do only so much to overcome the feeling of being alone.” and raved, “…[the] arc was beautifully crafted and troubling to watch.” #TheCell was featured in Philadelphia for National Opera Week, and was lauded by Operatoonity blog as a “clever and haunting masterwork.” #TheCellalso toured in Huntsville, Alabama for New Year’s Eve 2017 in partnership with Ars Nova School of the Arts.

Ms. Fees was the 2015 recipient of the Marin Alsop Entrepreneurial Award with her chamber group A Closer Look with the goal to immerse classical music into the daily lives of a community and question the boundaries of “concert” culture.

Ms. Fees values in the operatic art an authentic drama rooted in the human experience. Past directorial work includes a rendering of Le nozze di Figaro as a real-time wedding in which audience members were the guests and a traveling production of Little Red Riding Hood by Seymour Barab.

Ms. Fees possesses a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music degree from Mannes College, The New School for Music.

Excerpts from Le Voyage Dans La Lune

Piano Compositions by Werhner Von Braun