A Concert to Benefit the Library: American Songbook and Art Songs

Program Description: We invite you to a benefit concert in the library’s community room. American tenor Christopher Reames and pianist Martin Néron will present music for a mid-summer afternoon consisting of American songbook and art songs by Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Ginastera and others, with short solo piano selections as well.

Date/Time: Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 4-6pm

Pre-registration: Recommended, not required

Cost: $15 suggested donation

Proceeds from this concert benefit the Hudson Area Library, with its newly expanded hours and ever-increasing programming for everyone in the community. Seats can be reserved online by visiting hudsonarealibrary.org, or visiting the circulation desk in the library. For further information call 518-828-1792 x101.

Christopher Reames is a concert artist, recitalist, and dynamic performer on the operatic stage. Praised for his “lustrous” singing and “great musicality” by the The Examiner, his compelling performances captivate audiences with beauty and sensitivity. Reames has appeared as a finalist in national competitions with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Joy in Singing, New York Oratorio Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, and the Franco- American Vocal Academy organizations. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and a Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Canadian pianist Martin Néron is acclaimed for his performances of art song repertoire and research in linguistics. Praised as “an attentive partner” (Opera News), he has accompanied vocal recitals at Lincoln Center, CAMI Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the United Nations, the Metropolitan Room, the Onassis Center, and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, among other venues. As a recording artist, Néron has released albums with the One Soul, Romanos, and Babinis labels. His latest recording project, Mauthausen (2015), features the Shanghai Quartet, clarinetist Igor Begelman, and mezzo-soprano Lina Orfanou. Néron has also recorded several concerts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Néron holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and Université de Montréal (B.M.). He is the founder and artistic director of the Vocalis Consort, a group of collaborative musicians and artists devoted to sharing their passion for art song, which has presented over 25 programs in the New York metropolitan area in recent years.