HC Chorale to perform final concert of season

The Hill Country Chorale will present its final concert of the season, “Opera: Arias and Choruses,” Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Kroc Center.

The Hill Country Chorale will present its final concert of the season, “Opera: Arias and Choruses,” Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Kroc Center.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Early arrival is suggested, as seating is limited. For more information, please visit the HCC website at www.hillcountrychorale.org or call (830) 321-0303.

Under the direction of Claire Rabson, the Chorale will perform choruses from the following operas: “Carmen,” by Georges Bizet; “The Marriage of Figaro,” by W.A. Mozart; “Madama Butterfly,” by Giacomo Puccini; “Il Trovatore,” by Giuseppe Verdi, with percussionist Kenny McDougal on the anvil; “Lohengrin,” by Richard Wagner; and “Tales of Hoffman” and “La Jolie Parfumeuse,” both by Jacques Offenbach.

Soprano Kieren Johnson and mezzo-soprano Lou Anne Smith will perform the “Flower Duet” from “Lakmé,” by Leo Delibes.

The Chorale features Kara Joy Baker and Dr. David Baker as aria soloists. Mrs. Baker will sing “Habanera” from “Carmen,” by Bizet; “Elle a Fui, La Tourtelle!” from “Les Contes d’ Hoffman,” by Offenbach; and “Un Bel Di, Vedremo” from “Madama Butterfly,” by Puccini; and Dr. David Baker will sing “Toreador Song” from “Carmen,” by Bizet; “Non Piu Andrai” from “The Marriage of Figaro,” by Mozart; and “O Do Mein Holder Abendtsern” from “Tannhause,” by Wagner.

The Bakers joined the Hill Country community four years ago and have become very much a part of the area music community. Baker, soprano, teaches middle school choir for the Kerrville Independent School District and serves as the Chancel Choir director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She has enjoyed performing with the Symphony of the Hills, Fredericksburg Theater Company, Playhouse 2000, and the Hill Country Chorale.

Her previous performing experience includes two summers with Des Moines Metro Opera, a season at Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, and many recitals and operatic roles with Louisiana State University Opera and Simpson College Opera.

She holds a master of music in vocal performance from Louisi-ana State University, a bachelor of music in vocal performance from Simpson College, and a music teaching certificate.

Dr. David Baker is the director of Worship and Music at Kerrville First United Methodist Church. Previously, he was an instructor of voice and conducting at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill, and director of Music Ministries at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Barrington, Ill. He completed his doctor of musical arts in voice performance from the University of Kentucky in 2017. While at UK he performed leading roles in several operas.

He reprised his role of Tom Carter in UKOT’s production of “Hotel Casablanca” in the world premiere recording of “Hotel Casablanca,” which was released by Albany Records. He received his master of music from the University of Tennessee School of Music where he sang several leading roles both with the university opera and the Knoxville Opera Company as one of their young artists.

He spent the summer of 2004 as an apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera.

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