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Meet the Director

 

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Adrian G. Horn, Director of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, has had a lifetime of involvement in virtually every aspect of choral music. He sang with Robert Shaw for two years while still in high school, interrupted his musical training by serving as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division to secure the GI bill for college, received a BS in vocal performance at SUNY Fredonia (where he was Captain of the baseball team and also played semi-pro football with the Fredonia Orioles) and a Masters Degree specializing in Choral Music from Columbia University, where he concurrently was employed an Instructor in Music Education. After teaching public school music for two years, Mr. Horn entered the Navy and was appointed Director of the Naval Aviation Cadet Choir while undergoing training as a Naval Aviation Officer.

After completing his tour of duty, Mr. Horn became a professional chorister with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Subsequently, he entered the doctoral program at Columbia University, but was sidetracked from completing a thesis on developing community choruses by the priority of putting his ideas into action. What followed was a remarkable adventure of choral activities, including:

  •  Founding Director, San Francisco City Chorus, for which he was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the City of San Francisco for bringing great music to the people of the city
  •  Director, Olympic Athletic Club of San Francisco Men's Chorus
  •  Founding Director, Women's Chorus of San Francisco
  •  Director, San Francisco State University Chorus, where he built the chorus from 35 to 225 members in five semesters
  •  Founding Director, San Francisco Festival of Carols
  •  Founding Director, San Francisco Choral Society, a 250 voice symphonic chorus, regularly performing before sold-out houses at Davies Symphony Hall

At the height of his success with the San Francisco Choral Society, after conducting three sold-out performances of Carmina Burana at Davies Symphony Hall in October 1992, Mr. Horn left San Francisco for greener pastures to raise a family in a less urban environment.  But music always seemed to follow, as did the Directorship of the Sequim Community Chorus in Washington, and after relocating to Western New York, the Jamestown Choral Society.  Finally settling in the Finger Lakes Region, Mr. Horn established the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, now entering its fourteenth season  It is the current focus of Mr. Horn's life-long obsession with bringing people together to sing great choral music.

Berlioz Requiem  In August 2012, Mr. Horn organized and presented a performance of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, combining 300 singers and musicians from New York and San Francisco, that was hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as the "Mega-Concert of the Year -- or years, and that it "Exceeded all expectations."   That performance used a new edition of the Requiem created by Mr. Horn which added an alto part to the score.  Berlioz' original score was written for soprano, tenor and bass only.  Since that performance, Mr. Horn's new edition has been used in performances by the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus,  in 2016 by the Orfeón Donostiarra in San Sebastian, Spain, and in May 2017, the edition will be used in performances by the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Charles Dutoit, and the Virginia Symphony under the direction of JoAnn Falleta.  The edition is available through Amazon and can be partially perused using the following link:

Berlioz Requiem SATB Edition

     
     

Meet the Soloists

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Soprano Madeline Cain has been widely praised as "a powerful and mature soprano." (DC Metro Theater Arts) Her fluid and rich voice allows her to shine in contemporary music as well as in Mozart, in musical theater as well as in art song. She takes multiple disciplines in stride, including, but not limited to, opera, oratorio, theater, chamber music, musical theater, and contemporary music.

Ms. Cain was the 2016 Rochester Classical Idol 1st Prize Winner, and was also voted Audience Favorite. She made her European debut in 2015 in the title role of Puccini's Suor Angelica, at the State Opera Stara Zagora and the State Opera Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and reprised the role in 2016 both with the Prague Summer Nights Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and with Capitol Opera Albany.  Ms. Cain joined Midsummer Night Opera in Rochester, NY in 2015 for their highly anticipated debut season as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte. She has received prizes from the Rochester Lyric Opera's LaDue competition and the Civic Morning Musicals competition in Syracuse, NY, and was a finalist in the Partners for the Arts vocal competition in Alexandria, VA. Additional operatic roles include: Rosalinde/Die Fledermaus, Lady Billows/Albert Herring, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, and Ciesca/Gianni Schicchi. Noted for her skill with contemporary music, Ms. Cain has performed as a soloist with the Ossia New Music ensemble in Rochester, NY, collaborating regularly with composer Aristea Mellos, and has performed with the Marsyas Ensemble at Sympony Space in New York City.

A native of the central coast of California, Ms. Cain is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio where she earned her Master's in Music, and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a BM in Vocal Performance. She recently joined the studio of Elvira Dressen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany, as a student in the post-graduate Meisterklassenexamen program.

 

 

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 Jessica Ann Best, Mezzo Soprano is known for her interpretations in modern opera; recently making her debut with The Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City in Jane Eyre, portraying the roles of Bessie and Mary Rivers, by Louis Karchin. She will return to the Center for Contemporary Opera in the Fall of 2017 to sing The Canterville Ghost. Best created the title role in Alice Ryley by Michael Ching, at the Savannah Voice Festival in 2016. In June of 2016,  she premiered the role of Mrs. Foster in Shot! with Nickel City Opera, where she also sang Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Best will join Maestro Anton Coppola’s centennial gala concert with Opera Tampa in March 2017; performing selections from his opera, Sacco and Vanzetti. Best made her New York City debut with Gotham Chamber opera in 2013, under the baton of Neal Goren and direction of Paul Curran, in Baden Baden 1927.  Other credits include: The Florida Orchestra, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Rochester Chamber Orchestra, The Rochester Bach Festival, and Geva Theatre Center. She is a former Santa Fe Opera Apprentice, an Opera Tampa Young Artist, and a featured soloist with the Savannah Music Festival.
 
 
 

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Tenor Keith Ikaia-Purdy's  first experiences with music and theater were as a student at the internationally renowned 'Kamehameha School' in Hawaii. He continued his musical education at California's Redlands University and in private studies with Maestro Peter Gregg, who is still his vocal teacher today. His early professional experiences benefited from numerous appearances near San Francisco and  with regional opera companies.
 
His international breakthrough began with a musical rescue operation: when he jumped spontaneously into a Tosca performance for the ill Luciano Pavarotti in the Viennese Festwochen and received a stormy ovation for his effort.   Blessed with a warm timbre typical for Hawaiian voices, a sure vocal technique,  he is  considered to be one of the leading specialists for Belcanto  and early Verdi operas.

Some of his most important appearances were at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Milan Scala, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Opera of Stockholm, Carnegie Hall and the Bavarian State Opera, as well as numerous international TV shows, such as "La Bohème" (Berliner Staatsoper), "Rosenkavalier" (Vienna State Opera under Carlos Kleiber) and "Mefistofele" with Riccardo Muti, and is featured in the leading roles.

 
Ikaia-Purdy is probably most strongly identified with the Viennese State Opera, where he has appeared in more than 250 performances.  Currently he is co-founder and musical director of the ensemble "Opera et Cetera," and has been running the Rheingau Institute of Vocal Arts since 2012.



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William Lee Bryan, Baritone, a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota,  has most recently appeared with Minnesota Opera as a Resident Artist, playing the roles of Marcello in La Bohème, Mr. Hatfield in the world premiere of William Bolcom's Dinner at Eight, and Le Duc in Roméo et Juliette. He has also performed with Opera Colorado, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Skylark Opera, and Opera Wilmington. Mr. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, where he performed the title role of Elmer Gantry, Ford in Falstaff, and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, where he performed the title role of Don Giovanni and Rappaccini in La Hija de Rappaccini. He will be joining Florida Grand Opera as a Young Artist, where he will perform the roles of Fifth Jew and Cappadocian in Salome, and Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas.

Narrator and Basso Thomas Paul began his musical life as a boy soprano and violinist in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Occidental College in Los Angeles, he attended the Juilliard School in New York City for advanced studies in Conducting.   Military service in the United States Army Chorus in Washington, DC led to his decision to pursue a singing career instead.  In over a five‑decade career, Mr. Paul has been a frequent soloist in the US and Canada with the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony and the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cincinnati and others under the world's most eminent conductors.

His operatic career included the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera and virtually every other regional opera company and festival in the US and Canada. European venues included solo performances in Prague, Kiev, Helsinki, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Zurich. He also has appeared as soloist and masterclass artist in Beijing and other cities of The People's Republic of China.  Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music from 1971 to 2003, Paul is a familiar artist to Rochester audiences in a wide variety of works with the Rochester Philharmonic and on the artist series events of the artist faculty of the Eastman School of Music.

 

 

Meet the Accompanist
 

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Dr. Ines Draskovic has performed throughout Europe and United States. she is a graduate of University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), Ithaca College (MM) and Eastman School of Music (DMA). Her teachers include Alexei Nasedkin, Phiroze Mehta and Rebecca Penneys. Dr. Draskovic has won several piano competitions, including the Ithaca College Concerto Competition, Republic of Serbia Piano Competition and Piano Competition in Stresa, Italy, where she was a finalist. She has participated in festivals and masterclasses in Europe and United States (Colorado). Formerly a faculty member at Ithaca College, Dr. Draskovic is currently teaching at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY. In addition to her solo career, she performs regularly with the Finger Lakes Chorale and College Singers.