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All-Bach Vocal Recital: Everett Suttle, Tenor, and Richard Alston, Piano, at St. John’s in the Village
Sunday October 7, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm$10 – $20
“BACH TO THE FUTURE” CONCERT SERIESARTIST: Everett Suttle, Tenor; Richard Alston, piano
Recitative: Frondi Tenere & Aria: Ombra Mai Fu, from the opera Serse
Bis Du Bei Mir, from Anna Magdalena Notebook
Le Violette, from the opera Il Pirro e Demetrio
Three German Folk Songs:
1) Es Sthet Ein Lind
3) Vergebliches Stanchen
El Vito, from Siete Cancione Populares Espanolas
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lensky’s Aria, from the opera Eugene Onegin
Selections from THE LIFE OF CHRIST
A SUNDAY SERIES OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE!
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EVERETT SUTTLE, tenor
Tenor Everett Suttle has been praised by critics around the globe for his “ smooth, effortless tenor” and “beautiful, buttery tone”. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. He continued his studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Brahms Haus in Baden Baden, West Germany and also at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. His teachers include Mme Alice Duschak and Francesca Richards and he has coached with Luciano Pavarotti, Martina Arroyo, Peter Pears, Eleanor Steber, and David Garvey.
In repertoire that ranges from the Baroque masterpieces of Bach and Handel to the complex 20th century works of Britten and Tippet, Mr. Suttle has appeared internationally in opera, oratorio, concert , and recital. He has performed with such conductors as Raymond Leppard, Sergin Commisiona, John DeMain, Michel Brun, Roderick Cox, and Elliot Figg.
Everett has sung with such prestigious companies as La Scala, in Milan, Opera Bastille in Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, Den Norske Oper in Oslo, Semper Oper in Dresden, Alte Oper in Frankfurt and Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon. He made his professional debut at the Spoletto Festival in Charleston and has sung at the Bregenz Festival in Austria as well. He has also performed on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS , as well a recent debut at Carnegie Hall.
Most recently he sang the lead role of Valcour in the North American premiere of LAMANT ANONYMNE by the Chavalier de Saint Gerorge with Little Opera Theater of New York. Also he recently sang the tenor solo in CARMINA BURANA with the Color of Music Festival in Charleston South Carolina as well as the tenor solos in the Bach B Minor Mass at the Passé Bach D’ Bord Festival in France.
Critics everywhere have praised his voice and artistry saying the following:
“SINGING OF SUCH TASTE AND BEAUTY IS RARELY FOUND IN ANY OPERA HOUSE….ANYWHERE! “ Washington Post
“SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS OF THE EVENING CAME FROM TENOR EVERETT SUTTLE”. New York Times
“MR SUTTLE COMBINES VOCAL AND PHYSICAL BEAUTY INTO A MESMERIZING WHOLE." Helena Independent Record
“ ER WAR DER ABSOLUTE STAR DES NEUJARSKONZERT!!“ Westdeutscher Zeitung.
RICHARD ALSTON, piano
Richard Alston is a masterful and exciting pianist who has garnered praise for his passion and technical mastery at the keyboard, his charismatic personality and his innovative programming.
A native of East Orange, New Jersey, Alston received his first lessons from Dorothy Early, and by the age of eight, was playing organ and piano for the First Baptist Church in Vaux Hall, NJ. He continued his studies with Sylvia Rabinof of New York and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the
Juilliard School of Music, in New York City, where he studied with Irwin Freundlich and Josef Raieff. He was later awarded the highly prestigious Maria Guerra Judelson Scholarship in piano to return to Juilliard for his Master’s degree. Since his teens he has captured audiences through his solo recitals, concerto appearances with orchestras, live opera performance, radio and television broadcasts, and CD recordings.
Alston has particularly drawn the attention of the musical world, educators, and college and university students in recent years for bringing to light the great contributions to classical music by composers of African descent. Alston not only performs exquisite works of these composers that remain to this day relatively unknown to the larger public, but has also delighted audiences with lectures and master classes on the colors of music, “Classically Black: Composers of African Descent.”
Alston enjoys the art and craft of research and takes great pride in unearthing marvelous works by great composers as well as lesser known artists who deserve greater recognition. This eclectic pianist thus goes beyond exclusively performing the traditional classics of the “greats” to adding fresh perspective and content.
Under his direction as Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Performing Arts, Alston has crafted a degree program in music at Essex County College has flourished into a full-fledged performing arts department of Music, Dance, and Drama. Alston has also served as a faculty member of Rutgers University, Newark Campus, on the Board of Music Advisors for Westminster Choir College’s Education Opportunity Program and, formerly, as a member of the Juilliard School of Music’s "Music Advancement Program" faculty.
In the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Porgy and Bess, Alston brought an unforgettable sense of well-researched authenticity to the role of Jasbo Brown; the choreography included his opening solo depicting the legendary charisma of the man after whom the “Jazz” genre is believed to be named. He repeated his portrayal of Jasbo Brown in the historic production presented by The New Jersey State Opera at Symphony Hall, Newark, NJ. Live performances of this caliber included concerts at Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
As a special guest artist with the New Jersey Symphony, Alston performed in a special concert in commemoration of the birth of William Grant Still. Alston also enjoys performing chamber music. As a guest artist with the Harlem Chamber Players, Alston performed in two separate concerts.
Alston is the recipient of several awards: “Award for Excellence” from the New Jersey Education Association; “Community Leaders Fostering Change in Education Award” from the New Jersey Unit of the National Association of Negro Business and Women’s Clubs, Inc.; “Achievement Award” from the National Association of Negro Women; “Musician of the Year” from the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. , Newark, NJ Chapter; special proclamation from the office of the mayor of the city of East Orange; and honored by the Historical Society of East Orange, NJ Inc.
Alston is Minister of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montclair, NJ.
Richard Alston's video of "Troubled Water" by Margaret Bonds was selected as the Alumni Video of the month of January 2015.
Recent milestones include the performance of Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto #4 with the University City Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis MO in the fall of 2017, and recitals at the University of Tulsa, Rutgers University, Camden, and the West Jersey Chamber Music Society.