2023 - 2024 SCHEDULE AT NORWALK CONCERT HALL
October 21, 2023 7:30pm
Armando Boyolo's (Unplanned) Obsolescence with Michael Delfin; George Bizet's Carmen Fantasy Suite; Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8
14th Concerto Competition
February 16, 17 & 18, 2024 at Faust Harrison Piano, Fairfield, CT
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February 24, 2024 7:30pm
Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto with soloist Gjorj Kroqi and more
April 27, 2024 7:30pm
Songs & Arias from Broadway & Opera
June 15, 2024 7:30pm
Concerto Competition Winners and more!
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Fall Concert 2023
Featuring Armando Bayolo's
with soloist Michael Delfin
Bizet's Carmen Fantasy Suites
Dvorak's Symphony No. 8
Tickets available at the door
Tickets available at the door
american chamber orchestra
Christopher James Hisey, Music Director
Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 7:30pm
Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto with soloist Gjorgj Kroqi
Conductor Christopher James Hisey is the Music Director and Founder of the American Chamber Orchestra, Music Director and Founder of the Connecticut Philharmonic and Music Director of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras.
He has also served as the Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Troupers Light Opera Company, and Perrysburg Symphony Chorale as well as the Associate Conductor of both the Perrysburg Symphony and the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater Orchestras.
Maestro Hisey has been a frequent guest conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and has made appearances with the Ruse Philharmonic and Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria, and the St. Petersburg “Klassika” Symphony, formerly the Leningrad State Philharmonic, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has conducted concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and China. In addition, Maestro Hisey has conducted concerts with such notable musicians as Sir James Galway, Tim Janis, Jackie Evancho, James Dunham, Chris Finckel and Deborah Wong.
A champion of new music Maestro Hisey frequently premieres new works. Emmy Award Winning composer Rex Cadwallader recently said of Maestro Hisey’s work, “He is an advocate for new music, and a caring and careful medium through whom my music has been brought gracefully and powerfully to life.”
A passionate and sought after music educator Maestro Hisey frequently appears as guest adjudicator and clinician at schools and festivals throughout the region.
His student orchestras have won top prizes in competition and have been invited to appear at Carnegie Hall, NAFME Eastern Music Festival and other festivals and concerts in the United States and abroad. He has served as Professor of Conducting, Orchestration and Music Director of the Orchestra at Manhattanville College and Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Orchestra at Fairfield University. For the last 20 years he has served as Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Greens Farms Academy, in Westport, CT.
Maestro Hisey holds a Bachelor's degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music and Master’s Degree in Conducting from Bowling Green State Univeristy. He has been fortunate to study conducting with Emily Freeman Brown, David Effron, Gustav Meier, Donald Portnoy, and Donald Hunsberger.
Mr. Hisey lives in Monroe, CT, with his wife, Heather and their 4 children, Lauren, Alex, Grace and James.
A native of Mississippi, Stephanie Gregory made her debut as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine with the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. She has sung the role of Tosca with Opera Theater of Connecticut, and the title role in Suor Angelica with the Mississippi Opera. She sang her first Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Ischia, a role she reprised with Mississippi Opera, and was featured in the roles of Micaëla in Missouri and South Carolina, as Musetta with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, and Violetta in South Carolina and with the New Opera Festival di Roma, in Rome Italy.
In 2004, she completed a concert tour of South America with the Yale Alumni Chorus as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. She made her debut in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with the Orquesta Filarmônica de Buenos Aires. Other cities included were Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and La Plata, Argentina.
Other operatic roles for the 2001 ‘American Jenny Lind’ include Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Nannetta in Falstaff, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Ilia in Idomeneo and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Opera engagements in 2008 and 2009 included Violetta in La Traviata, as well as reprising the title role of Suor Angelica for Opera Theater of Connecticut.
Her solo work includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor, Samuel Adler’s Stars in the Dust, and Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass.
Her first recording, Stars In The Dust, music by Meira Warsheaur, was recorded by the Slovak Radio Orchestra in Bratislava and was released by Albany Records.
Ms. Gregory received a master of music degree in opera performance as well as an artist’s diploma from Yale University. She also graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor of music education degree, specializing in piano and choral conducting.
Ricardo Herrera, bass-baritone, performer, teacher, stage director. Ricardo has sung more than 50 operatic roles around the USA, Mexico, and Europe. He has sung with San Francisco Opera, Gotham Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, El Paso Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Caramoor Festival, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Opera Grand Rapids, Atlanta Opera, among others.
Ricardo was honored the First Prize Award Winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation
Competition in NYC and was also invited to participate in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Contest. As a Merola Opera Center participant in San Francisco he performed the title role in the Western Opera Theater National Tour of Don Giovanni. Mr. Herrera received the Demodocus Award that entitled him to his Carnegie Hall debut as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony after participating in the premiere season of Opera Aegean in Greece under the Artistic Direction of Sherrill Milnes. He also received the Adler Fellowship with San Francisco Opera where he appeared in many San Francisco Opera productions including La Traviata, Eugene Onegin, The Mother of Us All and Billy Budd. He has presented masterclasses, concerts and recitals in Europe including a recital on music by Paul Bowles inPalma de Mallorca, Spain and L’enfance du Christ by Berlioz in the Cathedral of Monaco and a recital and masterclass in China at the University of the Arts in Nanjing.
Ricardo Herrera is a graduate from The University of Texas at El Paso and The Juilliard School. He is Chair of the Voice Area at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served for seven years as Director of the Opera Studio.
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