Because of the Brave

Sunday, November 11, 2018
3:00PM
West Side Presbyterian Church

Featured Soloist

Kristin Plumley – Soprano
Richard Summers – Clarinet

Kristin Plumley

Kristen Plumley

Richard Summers

Richard Summers

Kristin Plumley

Soprano with a sparkling voice to match her personality, Connecticut native Kristen Plumley brings her joy of being on stage to every role she performs. Lauded as “sensationally note-perfect” (St. Petersburg Times), “a roguish comedienne” (The Middletown, CT Press) and “Met-worthy” (The Dallas Morning News), Ms. Plumley has portrayed Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Greensboro Opera Company, Musetta (La bohème) with Amarillo Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Virginia Opera, Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) with New York City Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Virginia Opera, Nannetta (Falstaff) and Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) with Opera Festival of New Jersey, Sophie (Werther) with Chautauqua Opera, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Boheme Opera (NJ) and Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Despina (Così fan Tutte) with Lyric Opera of Cleveland, the Sultan of Egypt (Glück’s Les Pelerins de la Mecque) with L’Opéra Français de New York, Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with Opera Memphis and Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore) with Nevada Opera.

Richard Summers

Richard Summers is a music educator, performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. Originally from Wheeling West Virginia, Mr. Summers arrived in our metropolitan area when he was appointed to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point from 1972-1975. Following his military career, he attended the Juilliard School, where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in performance. Recently retired as a public school instrumental music teacher for thirty-two years, Mr. Summers served students in both the Kinnelon and Pequannock School Districts. He has also served as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. Most recently he entered the field of composition and has had several of his works put into publication. A long time member of the New Jersey Wind Symphony, Mr. Summers serves as principal clarinet and associate conductor.

Program Highlights

Festival Overture on a National Air – Dudley Buck
Three American Hymns – Luigi Zaninelli
American In Paris – George Gershwin
A Musical Toast – Leonard Bernstein
A Tribute to Artie Shaw – Artie Shaw
Band of Brothers – Michael Kamen
A Salute to our Veterans
Chimes of Liberty March – Edwin Franko Goldman