Thursday, October 20, 2011

John Malveaux: Bass Cedric Berry in 'Messiah' and Bach 'Christmas Oratorio' in Tokyo Nov. 27 – Dec. 12

[Cedric Berry]

John Malveaux of sends AfriClassical this news:
“Bass Cedric Berry will be in Tokyo, Japan doing the Messiah and the Bach Christmas Oratorio from Nov. 27 – Dec. 12.”

“Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) has various projects such as agriculture, water provision, forest preservation/utilization, children's education, peace building, and emergency relief.”

“One ticket will support Japan International Volunteer Center(JVC) projects in Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Tohoku Area. JVC Benefit Concert has been held in Osaka and Tokyo every year. The conductor and soloists come from all over the world! Many people get involved in this concert."

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio (parts I, II, III, V and VI)
Twenty-Third Tokyo Concert
2011, December 4, Sunday, 15:00 PM Showa Women's University

G.F. Handel's Messiah (The complete work will be performed.)
Eighteen Osaka Concert
2011, December 10, Saturday 16:00 PM Izumi Hall

Bass: Cedric Trenton Berry
“Cedric Berry, Bass Baritone, received his music diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Southern California. He has performed a variety of operatic roles including the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Falstaff in Nicoli's Merry Wives, Lepporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Collatinus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Shaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme. One of his first operatic roles was Ptolemaus in Julius Caesar by Handel. This began his performance experience in baroque repertoire. He has since performed mostly Masses, Oratorios and Song Recitals within this musical period. His most notable performances are of Handel’s Messiah, which he has extensively performed with various orchestras throughout the United States.

“Cedric made his first European stage appearances in Spain, as Jake, in a concert version of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. He appeared with LA Opera at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Finland and sang a concert in tribute to Paul Robeson for the Banlieurs Bleues festival in Paris, France. Cedric gained his first professional experiences with Los Angeles Opera covering roles in a number of operas including L'Italiana, Pagliacci, Tosca, Tristan und Isolde, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, and Don Giovanni. As a Resident Artist with the company Cedric also sang the roles in The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, Faust, La Rondine and Billy Budd. He has appeared with Pacific Symphony, The Arizona Symphony, The Bakersfield Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Symphony, The Luckman Jazz orchestra, The New West Symphony, The Southwest Chamber Orchestra, The Pasadena Pops Orchestra, The California Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition he has been the recipient of several awards including first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition. Upcoming engagements include a guest appearance with the LA Master Choral at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in May singing sacred music by Duke Ellington.” [Duke Ellington (1899-1974) is featured at for his classical works, including his sacred suites.]

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