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Viva La France et Viva Le Francis (Poulenc)!
August 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey welcomes Timothy Brown and friends to the beautiful stained glass illumination and wonderful acoustics for a special Sunday matinee concert, Viva La France et Viva Le Francis, Music for Piano, Voice and Flute by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963).
The program features:
Sonate pour piano à 4 mains (1918)
I Prélude – II Rustique – III Final
Fiançailles pour rire
I. La Dame d’André – II. Dans l’herbe – III. Il Vole – IV. Le Mon cadaver est doux comme un gant – V. Violon – VI. Fleurs
Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée
I. Le Dromadaire – II. La Chèvre du Tibet – III. La Sauterelle – IV. Le Dauphin– V. L’Écrevisse – VI. La Carpe
I. en ut majeur
The French Lesson by Comden and Green
Les Chemins de l’amour: The pathways of love
I. en ut majeur – II. en si bémol mineur – III. en mi mineur
I. Chanson d’Orkenise – II. Hôtel – III. Fagnes de Wallonie – IV. Voyage à Paris – V. Sanglots
Sonate pour flûte et piano
I Allegretto malincolico – II Cantilena: Assez lent – III Presto giocoso
The concert features Timothy Brown and Noriko Schneidermann, Piano; Mary Schmidt, Flute; Jessica Mary Murphy, Soprano; Robert Bullington, Bass.
Pianist Timothy D. Brown performs frequently throughout the area as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and chorister.
Over the years, Tim has served as the accompanist for VOICES Chorale, The Capital Singers of Trenton, The RVCC Chorale, The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus and The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. As a chorister, he has sung with Cantus Novus (formerly The Bucks County Motet Singers), The Capital Singers of Trenton, Caritas Chamber Chorale and the Madrigal Singers (Cranford/Westfield, NJ).
Also active in musical theater, Tim has worked with many schools, universities and theater companies throughout the area as a pianist and musical director. Recent shows include A Little Night Music at The Actors Net of Bucks County, My Fair Lady at Playhouse 22, Hairspray for Mystic Vision Players and Altar Boyz at both Villagers Theater and Off Broadstreet Theater.
He appears frequently as a cabaret artist with sopranos Jan Baldwin and Rhonda Liss as well as with The Pocquelin Players at venues throughout the area including Salon 33, The Stockton Inn, The Bucks County Cabaret and The 1867 Sanctuary.
Tim is the music director and organist for historic Christ Episcopal Church in Riverton, NJ. He also accompanies for ballet classes at the University of the Arts and teaches at the Settlement Music School. He maintains a private piano studio and freelances as an instrumental and vocal accompanist.
A native of Columbus, OH, Tim is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance. He also received a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Noriko Schneiderman, Pianist, is a native of Japan and studied in Tokyo and graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae. She came to the United States in 1989 and studied piano pedagogy at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ. As a senior faculty member at the New School she taught both piano and piano pedagogy for five years. Noriko now teaches piano at The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ. As a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist she has performed in Austria, France, Japan, and the United States.
Mary Schmidt did her undergraduate studies in Music Education at Douglass College (Rutgers University) and earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she studied with Harold Bennett. She also took classes with Marcel Moyse and Thomas Nyfenger. Mary is the former principal flute with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera New Jersey, Princeton Pro Musica, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, and Opera at Westminster. She appears on the CD A Tribute to Otto Leuning on the CRI label and on Jon Magnussen: Music for Limon Dances (Albany Records). She resides in Hopewell.
Soprano Jessica Mary Murphy is honored to return to The 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing for this performance of Viva La France et Viva Le Francis (Poulenc)!
A true Cross-over Artist, Ms. Murphy began her performing career as a child singer/actor, starring in several productions at the Regional Tony Award Winning Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. After gaining acceptance to the renowned musical theatre program at the University of Michigan, she performed in several main stage productions including Anything Goes (Mrs. Harcourt), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), and Candide (Cunegonde) opposite former Jersey Boys star Daniel Reichard in the title role. Directly after graduation, Ms. Murphy was cast as Sister Margaretta in the 2nd National Tour of the 1998 Broadway Revival Production of The Sound of Music starring “The Brady Bunch” personality Barry Williams. Ms. Murphy returned to New York City to continue pursuit of her musical theatre career, being cast in several regional productions in the Midwest and Northeast – Fiddler on the Roof (Grandma Tzeitel/ u/s Golde), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda/ Aunt Em), Titanic (Kate Murphey), Nunsense (Sister Mary Hubert), Footloose (Wendy Jo), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche/ u/s Mrs. Potts), and The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmeir/ u/s Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), culminating with a reprisal of her role as Sister Margaretta, and as Mrs. Martini/Mrs. Bishop in a production of A Wonderful Life at the celebrated Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award: Hamilton, In The Heights). In addition, Ms. Murphy toured with The Sound of Music in Asia, visiting mainland China and Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Over her musical theater career, Ms. Murphy has done over 500 performances of the beloved Rogers and Hammerstein musical! Most recently, she was seen as Flick’s Mom/u/s Mrs. Schwartz at Philadelphia’s Historic Walnut Street Theatre in their production of A Christmas Story.
Her voice always “classically inclined,” Ms. Murphy returned to academia to complete her graduate work in classical voice performance at Westminster Choir College in 2010. Hailed as an “exceptional soloist,” who “demonstrates great control while singing at an incredibly soft dynamic, especially at the top of her range”, her opera roles include Frasquita (Carmen), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Serpina (La serva padrona) and Flora (The Turn of the Screw). After hearing Ms. Murphy sing a selection of Poulenc Mélodies in the French Art Song Festival at Westminster, the legendary coach and accompanist Dalton Baldwin invited her to study with him the following summer at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice in France. Upon her return, she was asked to be a soloist for Mr. Baldwin’s 80th Birthday Celebration in New York City the following winter. Ms. Murphy has performed nationally as a Solo Recitalist, most recently with Musica Sacra of Sarasota under Maestro Robert Parrish. She won First Place at the NJNATS Festival of Singing competition in both 2011 and 2012, and was selected as a Semi-Finalist at the Joy In Singing Positively Poulenc Competition in New York in 2013. Ms. Murphy is a Chorus Roster Soprano with Opera Philadelphia’s Chorus under the baton of Elizabeth Braden, and the Soloist and Soprano Section Leader at First United Methodist Church Germantown.
Ms. Murphy holds a MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband, James, and Poulenc…their cat.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Robert Bullington began his musical training at Loyola University, where he studied voice under Phillip Frohnmayer and earned his Bachelor of Music in 1987. In the summer of 1987, Robert attended the Phyllis Curtin vocal seminar at Tanglewood and was inspired to move to Boston, where he studied with Phyllis Curtin and earned his Masters of Music from Boston University in 1990. Robert has most recently studied with Elem Eley, at Westminster Choir College and legendary collaborator and coach, Dalton Baldwin. He has served as President of the Music Club of Princeton and on board of directors of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation. Robert is the owner of Front Row Seat Productions LLC, a digital media production company, based in Hamilton New Jersey.
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- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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