A Broadway tenor and renowned pianist Joseph Holt are two of the major attractions for the next Music at St. Andrew's performance.
The U.S. Army Vocal Quartet, accompanied by Holt, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Boca Grande.
Holt last performed in Boca Grande in March 2012 presenting "A Few of My Favorite Things," featuring selections by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin, Alberto Ginastera and Richard Addinsell. This time Holt will play the solo, "Waltz Suite from Carousel."
Pianist Joseph Holt
The quartet features tenor Stephen Cramer, who sang "Les Miserables" on Broadway and on tour nationwide. Other performing talents include: tenor Pablo Telemante from Sonora, Mexico, who specializes in Latin American music; bass Alvy Powell, who performed in "Porgy and Bess" at Lincoln Center in New York and on worldwide tour; and baritone Bob McDonald, a specialist in Gilbert and Sullivan selections.
The U.S. Army Chorus was established in 1956. Beyond traditional military music and patriotic standards, its repertoire covers a broad spectrum, which includes pop, Broadway, folk and classical music.
The Army Chorus performs frequently at the White House, the vice president's residence, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the State Department. When visiting our nation's senior leadership, songs in their native tongues often greet foreign dignitaries, as the Army Chorus is able to sing in more than 26 languages and dialects.
What: Music at St. Andrews presents the U.S. Army Vocal Quartet accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Holt
When: 4 p.n. Sunday, March 17
Where: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Boca Grande.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Holt has had a remarkable career having served more than 20 years as principal pianist with the U.S. Army Chorus in Washington, D.C., performing for presidents, dignitaries and military officials from around the world. He was also associate music director for The Choral Arts Society of Washington 15 years.
He is now conductor, pianist, chamber music performer, arts administrator, educator and arranger is in his third season as artistic director for Gloria Musicae, Sarasota's professional choral ensemble. Under his leadership the organization has garnered accolades for innovative programming and superior vocals.
He is also artist in residence at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota and has appeared
as pianist and conductor for the Artist Series Concerts, Musical Mondays of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning and with the Sarasota Orchestra.