Music by Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM (Holland) | Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM (Grand Rapids)
A choral celebration for Palm Sunday
A sacred celebration concert featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s Four Sacred Songs, including the beloved “Ave Maria”, and Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater, a beautiful blend of simplistic and dramatic sounds that are among the last works the composer wrote. This wonderful collaboration with Holland Chorale and the Park Singers will feature the region’s most talented voices in a concert commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Presented at Christ Memorial Church (Saturday) and First Park Congregational Church (Sunday)
Accompanied by chamber orchestra and organ
In collaboration with:
For tickets, contact our Box Office at 616.451.2741 or 1320 East Fulton Street.
Adult tickets are $20. Student tickets just $5 for any performance.
Student tickets can be purchased prior to the performance day or at the door. Student ID required at the door.
Repertoire and event details are subject to change without notice or refunds, but are specified in good faith as accurate and updated accordingly. Refunds not accepted.
Dr. Patrick Coyle | Conductor
Dr. Patrick Coyle, Chorus Master of Opera Grand Rapids, received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in conducting at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and holds degrees from Furman University, Emory University and Converse College. Dr. Coyle is a native of South Carolina and moved to Saugatuck in 2011, having enjoyed the beauty and friendliness of West Michigan as a part-timer since 2008. He has performed and conducted opera and musical theatre since his teenage years, with most recent performances of Porgy and Bess, La bohème, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Cabaret. He is also Minister of Music at historic Park Church in Grand Rapids, where he oversees twelve employees, conducts four of the church’s eight ensembles, and maintains two concert series: Great American Voices and Music at Mid-Day.
Dr. Coyle was active in the artistic and social justice life of Cincinnati, Ohio, for 17 years. He was Artistic Director of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Director of Music at St. Paul United Methodist Church and Contract Associate Conductor with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He prepared opera choruses for the College-Conservatory of Music, May Festival and Cincinnati Symphony and served on the board of directors of GALA Choruses International.
He is a published composer of choral, keyboard, handbell and children’s music. Dr. Coyle has conducted two series of European Cathedral Concert Tours in Florence, Assisi, Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest and Prague; has eight commercially available CDs to his credit; and has conducted choirs and orchestras in concert in San Jose, Tampa, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Miami and Boston.
Meet the Soloists | Madelaine Lane, Soprano
A finalist in the 2015 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, this season soprano Madelaine Lane returns to New York Lyric Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. This winter, Ms. Lane will appear with Opera Grand Rapids in its production of I Dream and as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
Last season, Ms. Lane made her role debut as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with West Michigan Opera Project. She later reprised this role with New York Lyric Opera, in her Carnegie Hall debut, in a concert of opera scenes. She also appeared in the Great American Voices Concert Series where she sang Richard Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder. More.
Meet the Soloists | Christine Amon, Mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “sweet, powerful voice”, Grand Rapids, MI native Christine Amon is a versatile mezzo-soprano excelling in opera, musical theater, and art song. Last season, she made company debuts as Erika in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with Toledo Opera, and as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel with Union Avenue Opera of St. Louis. Recent engagements also include the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Louisiane and Opera Memphis, Gretchen in The Student Prince with Opera Grand Rapids, and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera.
An Opera Memphis favorite, Ms. Amon has appeared in recent seasons as the wife in The Music Shop, and Pitti-Sing in Ned Canty’s production of The Mikado. She also created the role of Mich in Mich and the Moon (music by Jack Perla; libretto by Jerre Dye) in the premiere of The Ghosts of Crosstown. In 2012, Christine was a finalist in the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition hosted by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. In addition, she’s been awarded first place in the The Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist Competition, Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition, and the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition. More.
Meet the Soloists | Jon Lovegrove, tenor
Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks!
Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions.
Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Meet the Soloists | Trent Broussard, baritone
Baritone Trent Broussard is a native of Arkansas and studied vocal music at Arkansas State University earning his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. In college, Trent studied voice with David Niederbrach and for the past 10 years has studied with Nicholas Loren. Trent was a finalist for the Northeast Arkansas Symphony Young Artist Competition in 1991 and for the Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition in 2009 and 2010. Solo work has included Handel’s Messiah with the Delta Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with the Holland Chorale and Symphony. Trent sings with the Holland Chorale, the West Michigan Opera Project and has sung with the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus in Carmen, Verdi’s Requiem, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Rigoletto. Solo roles include Ruder with OGR in The Student Prince, the Herald with OGR in Rigoletto, and most recently Figaro with WMOP in The Marriage Of Figaro. In 2018, Trent will be singing the role of Olin Blitch with WMOP in Susannah.