For Immediate Release:
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Kathryn Hinton, Interim Music Program Administrator
Phone: (949) 214-3418
Irvine, CA – Concordia University Performing Arts presents the 15th Annual MasterWorks Concert Series on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 at 3:00 p.m., 2011. Come indulge in the musical masterpieces of Fauré and Vaughan Williams. Dr. Michael Busch conducts the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams in performances featuring acclaimed soloists Patricia Prunty, soprano; Steve Pence, baritone; the combined voices of Concordia University’s Concordia Choir and Master Chorale; and the MasterWorks Orchestra.
General reserved seating is $20, students and seniors are $12. Guests may purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (949) 214-3418, or at the door one half-hour prior to the performance.
Soloist Patricia Prunty, soprano, is an associate professor for California State University, Fullerton. She has made her mark on both the operatic and concert stage. As winner of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s International Competition, Prunty presented her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2000 and Carnegie Hall debut the preceding fall. An active soloist, she continues to perform with such groups as Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and Trillium Ensemble. Her many engagements have taken her to Africa, the Middle East, Paris and Stockholm, and her credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony and New York’s 92nd Street ‘Y’. A former student of the renowned Phyllis Curtin, she received her M.M. from Yale University and her B.F.A. from Marshall University. She currently serves as the Vocal Area Coordinator at California State University, Fullerton.
Steve Pence, of Costa Mesa, CA, has appeared onstage at Disney Hall as a guest artist with The Los Angeles Master Chorale in Haydn’s Creation Mass and at UCLA’s Royce Hall as soloist in Beethoven’s ninth symphony with The American Youth Symphony. Other recent solo appearances include the Brahms Requiem with the Orange County Choral Society as well as Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Cuesta Master Chorale. In 2006 he performed the Bass solos in Bach’s B-minor mass at the LA Bach festival. Steve has performed roles in several operas including Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Sciarrone in Tosca. Last season he performed the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
The Concordia Choir maintains a distinctive tradition of excellence with performances throughout the United States, Western Europe, Asia, and South America. During their most recent international tour, The Concordia Choir was featured during services in the historic cathedrals of Rome, Florence, Assisi, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. This critically-acclaimed ensemble of fifty voices performs a diverse selection of the finest sacred choral literature from a variety of cultures and historical eras. Their annual performances include the popular Concordia Christmas Concerts, a Fall Festival of Hymns, national and international tours, and a cherished MasterWorks Concert series celebrating its Fifteenth Season.
A member of the Concordia University system of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Concordia University Irvine, guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service, and leadership.