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Melissa Heath, Christopher Holmes and Isaac Hurtado performing at museum

Oct 06, 2016 01:11AM
The Springville Arts Commission is pleased to present Christopher Holmes, Isaac Hurtado and Melissa Heath in concert with some of their students on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4:40 p.m. in the Grand Gallery of the Springville Museum of Art. This concert is free to the public. Christopher Holmes, baritone, returned to his home in Provo after obtaining degrees in opera at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Temple University, teaching voice at Texas State University, and performing throughout the United States. With more than 35 operatic roles to his credit, Holmes has been featured by companies such as Austin Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Idaho, Phoenix Opera, Juneau Lyric Opera, Rimrock Opera, San Antonio Opera and Utah Festival Opera. He served as the Utah Lyric Opera general director from 2009 to 2015 and remains an active performer. His engagements in Utah have included appearances with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Oratorio Society of Utah, American West Symphony, Oquirrh Mountain Symphony and Murray Symphony. Isaac Hurtado enjoys a varied career as a professional singer, voice teacher and stage director/producer. He has performed more than 35 leading roles and has appeared in numerous concerts across the country and in Italy. He has performed with entities such as Opera San Jose, Phoenix Opera, Opera North, Piedmont Opera, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Utah Symphony/Opera, Central City Opera, Sun Valley Opera, Festival Opera, Midsummer Mozart Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Harbor Country Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Traverse Symphony, Pine Mountain Music Festival and many others. Soprano Melissa Heath enjoys a varied career of opera, concert and recital work. Heath has been a state finalist and district winner in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. In 2012, she was a regional finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s biennial art song competition. Upcoming performances include Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra. Heath received her bachelor’s degree in voice from Brigham Young University and holds a master’s degree in voice from the University of Utah. On Sunday, Nov. 20, we will feature the Silver Winds Flute Ensemble. The group, which adds bass flutes and piccolos to the more common C note flutes, regularly plays music written for string quartets or chamber orchestras.