The First Parish in Lincoln Live at Lincoln Center series presents A Night on Broadway: Favorite Songs from Musicals Over the Decades with Madeline DellaMorte, Christopher Eric Perry, Will Prapestis and pianist Timothy Steele. The program will include music from Wicked, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Chess and others. David Elliott is the Emcee. With intermission and refreshments.
Lauded by The Boston Globe for “his sharp physicality and ringing tenor voice,” Eric Christopher Perry is gaining a national reputation for his passionate and imaginative chamber music performance. Solo appearances: The Phoenix Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, The Boston Camerata, Cantata Singers, Cambridge Concentus, Musica Sacra, Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Andover Choral Society, Henry Purcell Society of Boston. Ensemble credits: Boston Baroque, Oregon Bach Festival, Spire Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Zenith Ensemble, AMPERSAND-New York City. Recordings: Nine: The Guitar and Beyond [Centaur] and The Vocal Music of Alan Beeler [Navona Records, Naxos Direct]. Mr. Perry is the artistic director and conductor of Renaissance Men, Boston’s professional male vocal chamber ensemble. Their debut record, RenMen Laments, produced by Grammy-nominated vocal engineer Chris Sclafani (Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran), is anticipated to release in 2018. Mr. Perry currently serves as the Director of Choirs and Applied Associate of Music in Voice (area head) at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He previously taught at Phillips Academy Andover, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Plymouth State University, and Federation University Australia in Ballarat, Victoria. He is a proud member of American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. www.ecpmusic.com
Will Prapestis, baritone
Possessing a “resonant, beautiful” sound and heralded for his “expressive, florid” and “subtle and refined” singing, “grand-manner” baritone Will Prapestis performs frequently as a soloist and ensemble member in the U.S. and Europe. He has had the pleasure of singing as a soloist and chorister with Emmanuel Music, Renaissance Men — of which he is a founding member — Boston Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, West Virginia Symphony, Exsultemus, BEMF, Labyrinth Choir, Sound Icon, Upper Valley Baroque, Cantata Singers, Sound Icon, Monadnock Music Festival, Augmented, Orpheus Singers, Copley Singers, Cappella Clausura, and the Fredonia College Choir. He was a Virginia Best Adams Fellow at the 2019 Carmel Bach Festival and was also the 2019-2020 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow. Will is also a very busy bass player, thoroughly active in the Boston and New York City Pop Music scenes, performing with as many as five bands as a bass guitarist, vocalist, writer, and arranger. He is also a highly-sought session artist. Will is a native of Elmira, NY, and he earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance at SUNY Fredonia. www.renmenmusic.com
Madeline Edwards DellaMorte, soprano
Madeline Edwards DellaMorte (soprano) is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Madeline has a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Kenan Music Scholar, as well as a High School Diploma in Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed roles, such as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Cinderella in Cendrillon with UNC Opera. In 2016 she performed as the Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. In 2018 Madeline was a winner of the UNC Concerto Competition. Madeline has also performed the role of Mary in Child of the Promise for 8 years, and been involved in other one act concerts at the Paramount Theatre of Goldsboro. Madeline has performed with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia as a soloist. Madeline currently sings with the North Carolina Opera chorus and has performed with them for 5 seasons. She has studied under Dr. Louise Toppin, Dr. Jeanne Fischer, Dr. Marilyn Taylor, and Elaine Baker, and participated in masterclasses with Anthony Dean Griffey, Lori Laitman, and Marquita Lister.
Timothy Steele, piano
Timothy Steele is an active vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and conductor, and has taught for twenty-nine years on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with the Boston Lyric Opera and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistantconductor/pianist for over 190 productions with twenty-five opera companies, including Opera Theatreof St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera Maine. He assisted with the Pulitzer Prize winning opera MADAME WHITE SNAKE for productions in Boston and Taiwan and the OUROBOROS TRILOGY in 2016,and for three years collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. For the last eight years he has been music director at First Parish of Milton-UU and producerof Milton Community Concerts. In Boston he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others.