Because of the Brave

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

Featured Soloist

Kristen Plumley – Soprano
Richard Summers – Clarinet

Guest Ensemble

Hackensack High School Band
Lisa MacVicar, Director

Kristen Plumley

Kristen Plumley

Richard Summers

Richard Summers

Kristen Plumley

Described as possessing a “shimmering soprano” (The New York Times) with “sparkle and precision” (The Washington Post), Connecticut native Kristen Plumley enjoys singing everything from opera’s light lyric roles to oratorio to pops classics.  She has performed with many opera companies throughout the country, including New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey and Chautauqua Opera.  On the concert stage Kristen has performed a broad spectrum of works, from classical pieces (Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah with the Dayton Symphony) to An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Richmond, Memphis and Minnesota.  She also greatly enjoys pops concerts, and her favorite is Sci-Fi Spectacular (music from science fiction movies and television shows, hosted by Star Trek series luminaries such as George Takei, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis), which she has performed with the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle, Baltimore, Edmonton and Ottawa Symphonies, under the baton of Maestro Jack Everly.  In 2011 Kristen performed in the North American premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, with operamission in New York. She recently created the role of Ruth Draper in Icarus Rising, a new dance opera about Italian freedom fighter Lauro DeBosis, with Verlezza Dance.  She makes time to pay it forward by volunteering as the president of the Ridgewood Friends of Music, a parent-run organization that supports the music curriculum in her town’s public schools.  Please visit her website at www.kristenplumley.com

Richard Summers

Richard Summers is a music educator, performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. Retired in 2013 from the NJ public schools, Richard taught instrumental music for 32 years.  He was a member of the West Point Band, graduated from Juilliard with both BM and MM degrees, and has taught all levels of instrumental music from elementary, middle and high schools at Kinnelon and Pequannock, NJ and was also the concert band director and clarinet/woodwind instructor at Wm. Paterson University.  During the 1988-89 season, Mr. Summers became concertmaster of the Ridgewood Concert Band, (now the NJ Wind Symphony) and has been featured soloist several times, is assistant conductor, and personnel manager of this fine community band.  His wife, Karen, is also an NJWS member and clarinetist, and their son, Stephen, also was a clarinetist in the group.  Richard has played with many area orchestras and chamber music groups including the NJ Pops Orchestra.  Currently he is active as a clinician, woodwind performer, and guest conductor in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York area.  Mr. Summers is a published arranger and composer for Bandworks and Carl Fischer Publications. This is his 30th year as principal clarinetist of the NJ Wind Symphony.

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