Come join us for “Sounds of Italy,” a musical tour
of Italy that showcases the best Italian music from classical to popular. Husband and wife duo, Adelaide Muir Trombetta, soprano, and Domenico Luca Trombetta, violin and viola, with special guest Tad Hardin, piano, will transport listeners to the sounds of Italy featuring special favorites including “O mio babbino caro,” “Volare,” and music from theAcademy Award-winning film, “Life is Beautiful.” Be sure to bring your voices, too, as we invite you to sing with us on what is sure to be a memorable evening of
Adelaide Muir Trombetta is a graduate of Yale’s prestigious Opera Program, The New York Times called her “sensitive and affecting” during her performance as a National Finalist of the renowned Metropolitan Opera National Counsel Auditions. Mrs. Trombetta has enjoyed repeated seasons with L’Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi of Milan, Italy performing leading roles of Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Euridice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Ana (The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weil), Lilli Vanessi “Katharina” (Kiss me Kate), and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). Other European engagements include performances with Das Verein Opera, Zurich as well as the opening event for the annual fashion show “Gala Catania, Talenti & Dintorni” of 2009 in Catania, Italy. Further solo credits include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Symphonie No. 9., Poulenc’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Dvorak’s Te Deum, and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42. Mrs. Trombetta is on the faculty at Liberty University and is a frequent soloist with chorus and orchestras in Greater Lynchburg. This spring, 2020, she will play the role of Stella in Streetcar Named Desire for Opera Roanoke.
Domenico Luca Trombetta is a native of Catania, Italy. He was admitted into the Istituto Musicale V. Bellini of Catania after a few years of private music instruction. He transferred his studies to the Conservatory of St. Cecilia, Rome, to complete his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Viola Performance with highest honors under the instruction of Margot Burton. During this time, he was also a student at the Perosi Academy of Biella (Italy) studying with Simonide Braconi, the principal viola of La Scala Theater of Milan. Before completing his master’s degree, he studied with Bruno Giuranna, at the Lugano Conservatory (Switzerland). Mr. Trombetta has appeared as the featured soloist in solo concerts and recitals and has performed around the world with numerous chamber ensembles, orchestras, and world-renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov, Marc Soustrot, Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani (Music of Life is Beautiful), Lu Ja, and Steven White. He has appeared in concerts with Uto Ughi, Boris Belkin, Robert Cohen, Luisa Castellani, Andrea Bocelli, and Yo-yo Ma. Mr. Trombetta holds a D.M.A. from James Madison University and is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the String Programs at Liberty University. In addition to his performances with James String Players, James String Quartet, and LIYA String Quartet, Mr. Trombetta is also a frequent performer with Opera on the James and in concert with his wife, soprano Adelaide Muir Trombetta.
Dr. Tad Hardin maintains an active career as a pianist, vocal coach, church musician, and educator. He earned degrees from Ouachita Baptist University and the Florida State University College of Music in piano performance, vocal coaching, and chamber music. He currently serves as Coordinator of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Piano. He and his family reside in Lynchburg, VA.
AGAR Chamber Music Series:
The band will perform several selections from the album Transformation, which are all original compositions by Joseph Henson. They also will perform other originals and standards as well as jazz renditions of Beauty and the Beast, Close to You, Stardust, and Body and Soul. You can listen to some selections from Transformation at
Joseph Henson (saxophone) grew up in South Carolina where he attended the University of South Carolina as a music major. While working on his Master’s of Music at the University of North Texas he played in the One O’Clock Lab Band for three consecutive years and studied with Neil Slater, Jim Riggs, and Dan Haerle. From 1997-2018 Joseph served as tenor saxophonist in The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, based in Washington, DC, and was the Enlisted Musical Director from 2015-2018. During his tenure with the Blues, he shared the stage with many jazz legends including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Billie Taylor, Freddie Cole, and Chris Potter. Joseph’s compositions and arrangements for the band, including Things Ain’t What they Used To B and Live at Blues Alley can be heard on several Army Blues recordings. Joseph is the director of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Liberty University. He also leads his own small group that plays acoustic and electric jazz and has a new record titled Transformation. Learn more at www.josephhensonjazz.com.
Michael Kramer (guitar) is a Washington, DC, based guitarist, composer, arranger, and band leader. His trio, Superstring and the Cosmic Vibrations, released its debut album December 2018 featuring Nathan Kawaller on bass and Steve Fidyk on drums. He is the co-leader of the KW Big Band along with pianist and composer Tim Whalen. At 16, Michael began his career with a weekly solo guitar gig at a local Italian restaurant in his hometown of Germantown, MD, until he attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He has remained busy ever since as a performer in Washington, DC, and all over the East Coast performing professionally with Joe Chambers, Lee Konitz, Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, Ignacio Berroa, Bobby Shew, Steve Davis, Carmen Bradford, and many more. Michael is adjunct faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, and working on his trio’s (Superstring and the Cosmic Vibrations) sophomore album in addition to the debut KW Big Band.
Daniel Kelly II “D.K.” (drums) has been sharing his talent since the young age of two. His playing styles include Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Latin, and Classical and has been showcased on both the east and west coasts, as well as around the world. D.K. has performed with the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Band in the John Moawad Jazz Festival at Central Washington University and Vancouver, BC, and the Christopher K. Morgan and Artists Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD. During the summers of 2014-2016 and 2018, he performed in the Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre Pit Orchestra as a percussionist/drummer. Some show titles included The Addams Family, The Wiz, Man of LaMancha, Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, and City of Angels to list a few. He has also performed with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Virginia Symphony, as well as participating in the Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Competition. D.K. is currently enlisted and performing with the Virginia Army National Guard band.
Neal Perrine (bass) is a recent alumnus of James Madison University’s jazz studies program. He began playing electric bass at the age of 12, and upright bass at the age of 15, falling in love with jazz while in high school. Neal has gotten the opportunity to study bass with Eddie Gomez, Ben Williams, Mimi Jones, Marco Panascia, Lauren Pierce, Sam Suggs, and Karine Chapdelaine to name a few. He performs all over Virginia and has gotten the privilege to perform with jazz greats and local legends such as Nate Smith, Robert Jospeh, Devonne Harris, John D’Earth, Bob Hallahan, Charles Owens, Luis Perdomo, Randy Johnston, and Stephanie Nakasian.
AGAR Amherst Java & Jazz:
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