Lunch & Song

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Lunch and Song

30-minute performances preceded by lunch to whet your opera appetite at the historic Teller House.

Teller House
120 Eureka Street
Central City, CO 80427
(next door to the Opera House)

Performing Artists

Performed by members of our Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Certain dates will feature chamber music from members of the Central City Opera Orchestra.

July 7, 2024

David Drettwan, Baritone;
Shelby Rhoades, Pianist

July 10, 2024

Xochitl Hernandez, Mezzo-Soprano; 
String Trio Chamber Ensemble; Arthur Bosarge, Pianist 

July 13, 2024

Kayla Faccilongo, Mezzo-Soprano;
Jeremy Reger, Pianist

July 17, 2024

Ariel Andrew, Soprano;
Viola Duo Chamber Ensemble; Arthur Bosarge, Pianist

July 20, 2024

Jonathan Lawlor, Baritone;
Jeremy Reger, Pianist

July 21, 2024

Eric Viñas, Baritone;
Arthur Bosarge, Pianist

July 24, 2024

Sydney Dardis, Soprano;
Winds/Strings Chamber Ensemble; Chan Mi Jean, Pianist

July 27, 2024

Uma Singh, Soprano 
Jeremy Reger, Pianist

July 27, 2024

Brittany Rose Weinstock, Soprano;
Jeremy Reger, Pianist

July 28, 2024

Melanie Dubil, Mezzo-Soprano
Shelby Rhoades, Pianist

July 31, 2024

James Anthony Mancuso, Tenor;
Tuba/Percussion Chamber Ensemble; Chan Mi Jean, pianist

August 3, 2024

Steele Fitzwater, Bass-Baritone
Arthur Bosarge, Pianist

Musicians

Mary Reed

Mary Reed is currently a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra bass section. She is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where she was brought up in a musical family. She studied classical performance at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California, with summer studies at Aspen Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. Since completing her education, Reed has performed with some of the top orchestras in the country including the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, Atlanta, St. Louis, Nashville, North Carolina and Kansas City Symphonies and was a fellowship recipient with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas. Beyond her passion for orchestra, Mary is a songwriter and enjoys singing and playing guitar in a band with her spouse, percussionist Dan Morris.

Sarah Bierhaus

Sarah Bierhaus is in high demand as an orchestral oboe and English horn player in Colorado’s Front Range region. She is the principal oboist of the Opera Colorado and Boulder Philharmonic orchestras, associate principal oboist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and second oboist with the Central City Opera orchestra. Dr. Bierhaus also played principal oboe with the Fort Collins Symphony for six years and has played with the Colorado Symphony, Greely Philharmonic, Pro Musica Colorado, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Binghamton Philharmonic.

Dr. Bierhaus has been a member of the oboe and chamber music faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music since 2011. Prior to teaching at Lamont, Dr. Bierhaus taught at the University of Northern Colorado and Regis University. She also maintains a selective private teaching studio and has presented master classes for high school and college students at the University of Florida, Stetson University, Utah State University, Casper College, Carleton College, and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Dr. Bierhaus has been an oboe and English horn enthusiast since the age of five and loves to visit elementary and middle schools to inspire the next generation of double reed players.

Angela Dombrowski

Angela Dombrowski is an avid performer and educator in the Denver area. She is a violinist with the Central City Opera and Opera Colorado orchestras, and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Ambassade Orchester Wien in Vienna, Austria. She attended the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, and Eastern Music Festival. Angie conducts the Colorado Youth Symphony’s top orchestra and directs the Sphere Ensemble, which is a chamber orchestra of advanced high school string players. She maintains a private studio of advanced violinists.

Angie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, where she studied with Bayla Keyes and her Master of Music degree at Rice University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. While at Rice University, she took additional weekly private lessons with the former concertmaster of the Houston Symphony, Raphael Fliegel, with whom she specifically studied orchestral excerpts.

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, with a major field of study in Clarinet Performance and Literature and a minor in Music Theory. Thomas holds a Master of Music and Performance Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Colorado State University. His primary Teachers include Howard Klug, Eli Eban, Eric Hoeprich and Wesley Ferreira.

As an orchestral musician Thomas has performed under the baton of many of the world’s finest conductors including Joshua Bell, Franz Wesler-Möst, Carl St. Clair, Paul Nadler, and David Effron. He was a finalist in concerto competitions at Indiana University and Colorado State University. As an undergraduate he had the honor of performing as featured soloist with the CSU Symphony Orchestra. Thomas regularly performs with orchestras along the Colorado Front Range, including the Boulder Philharmonic and the Fort Collins Symphony. As a chamber musician, Thomas is a founding member of the ÆTHER Reed Quintet and has had the opportunity to perform in the Snake River Chamber Festival for the last two seasons.

Nena Parker

Colorado-based percussionist Nena Lorenz Wright has performed with Central City Opera since 2008. She currently resides in Colorado Springs and performs as percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and also holds positions with Opera Colorado and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, and National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.  

Prior to living in Colorado, Nena served as Principal Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist for eight seasons with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, LA. During her tenure in New Orleans, Nena had the honor of soloing the Jorge Sarmientos Marimba Concerto in 2012 under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto as well as Russell Peck’s triple percussion concerto, “The Glory and the Granduer,” under the direction of JoAnn Falletta in 2014. In addition to performing, she was faculty at Xavier University in New Orleans and was a guest clinician at local universities, including Loyola University and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

Outside of performing music, Nena enjoys teaching percussion, hiking, exercising, planting flowers, cooking, and home decorating. She and her husband, Bron, who also is a member of CCO Orchestra, live in Central City each summer, enjoying the beautiful mountains and local summer festivities.

Leah Kovach

Violist Leah Kovach grew up in Salt Lake City and has performed across four continents with ensembles such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Houston Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her primary teachers have included Atar Arad at Indiana University and James Dunham at Rice University. Leah is based in Denver, where she performs with the Colorado Symphony and Central City Opera Orchestras. Leah and her husband, CCO principal violist Koko Dyulgerski, also perform regularly as the Violamore Duo, are Co-Artistic Directors of the Torrey Chamber Music Festival, and maintain a private teaching studio in Denver.

Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper became an official Coloradan in November of 1987, when he began his tenure as Principal Timpanist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  His first season with the Central City Opera was the summer of 1989, as Principal Percussionist.  He left that position in 2002, but has enjoyed playing in various chairs (timpani leave replacement, and extra percussion) with the orchestra since then.

Peter is also fortunate to be a Front Range freelancer, playing in many Colorado orchestras over the years.  But most importantly, he feels very fortunate to be able to work with such wonderful percussion colleagues as those who play in the CCO Orchestra!

Byron Hitchcock

A native of Wyoming, Byron Hitchcock has performed across the United States, Latin America, and Asia to critical acclaim. Praised by the Boston Globe for his “fearlessly expressive” playing and his “finely honed tone,” he has established himself as a dynamic and versatile artist, appearing on the concert stage as a concertmaster, soloist, and chamber musician. Mr. Hitchcock currently serves as Concertmaster of multiple professional orchestras across the Front Range. He currently serves as Concertmaster of Opera Colorado, which features highly acclaimed productions each season at Denver’s Performing Arts Center, as well as the Central City Opera Orchestra. He is also Concertmaster for Denver’s Inside the Orchestra, the country’s only professional orchestra focused solely on educational programming for Children. He recently accepted an appointment as Concertmaster of the Fort Collins Symphony.

Jon Lewis

American cellist Jon Lewis enjoys a rich and diverse career that reflects his many musical interests. He is currently Principal Cello of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Central City Opera Orchestra. Jon has performed as a recitalist throughout the United States, including several performances in Carnegie Hall. He has also performed as a soloist with many orchestras across the United States. An avid chamber musician, Jon is currently a member of the string quartet Charlotte Strings, which has performed hundreds of concerts in the Carolinas region to critical acclaim. He has also been a featured performer at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and has performed on tour as a member of the Aiana String Quartet. And, he was the grand-prize winner of the 2007 Schadt International String Competition.

Jon holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and holds other degrees from Northwestern University. His major teachers include Hans Jorgen-Jensen and Paul Katz. His playing has been chronicled as “brilliant” and “a fine young cellist” by The New York Times and as “strong and dexterous” by The New York Sun. He plays a cello made in 2023 by British luthier Robin Aitchison.

Koko Dyulgerski

Co-Artistic director of TCMF, Bulgarian violist Koko Dyulgerski is currently based in Denver, where he performs with Opera Colorado, the Colorado Symphony, and was recently appointed Principal Viola of the Central City Opera Orchestra. Koko received his Master of Music degree from Rice University in Houston as a student of Ivo-Jan Van der Werff, and previously studied under Kevork Mardirossian. During his time in Houston, Koko played regularly with the Mercury Baroque, Houston Grand Opera, and Houston Symphony Orchestras.
Also an avid chamber musician, Koko is co-founder of the Violamore Duo with his wife Leah Kovach. As a mentor, Koko loves teaching young violinists and violists and inspiring them to reach their full potential.

Adam Snider

When his beginner band in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania ran out of saxophones, Adam Snider took up the tuba instead and never looked back. He is currently the Principal Tuba of the Boise Philharmonic, Central City Opera, and Colorado Ballet. Adam also serves on faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver and maintains a robust private studio across Colorado, Idaho, and Utah. He has performed and taught across the U.S. as well as in Japan, China, and Chile. Adam has commissioned new music from composers Jeremy Hunter, Fernando Deddos, Ryan Hare, Miguel Chuaqui, and more. He enjoys hiking, cooking, exploring audio engineering, and engaging in various forms of fermentation.

Location

The Teller House
120 Eureka Street
Central City, CO 80427

Run Time

30 minutes