Music & Theater Performance Series -2 Events
Admission for reserved seats: $15 for each event.
Non-group for the two-event series: $25, a discount of $5.
Group discount (20 or more) for the two-event series: $23.00, a discount of $7.
Group discount (20 or more) for single event: $12.50, a discount of $2.50.
Please visit or call the Kupferberg Center Box Office for tickets, 718-793-8080, during its regular hours. If available, tickets will be on sale in the leFrak foyer prior to each performance.
For events in leFrak Concert Hall only, there is free parking in lot 15 on reeves avenue (behind leFrak) and easy elevator access to the Concert Hall.
Style & Substance
November 8, 2009 • Sunday, 2 pm
leFrak Concert Hall
Esty Tzabar Crisona – Soprano
Israeli Soprano Esty Tzabar Crisona
arrived in the U.S. after building an impressive singing and dancing career overseas. Esty toured America with the
popular Chassidic Festival and represented Israel in Eurovision, winning first place together with the Alpha Beta group, singing Aba-Nibi.
The popular artist appears in concerts throughout the United States and abroad to high acclaim.
AND BY POPULAR DEMAND-
Dmitri Shevelev – Tenor
Russian born tenor Dmitri Shevelev
performed throughout the USSR before immigrating to Israel at age 13. There he sang with the New Israel Opera for a period of four years. Once in the U.S., Dmitri established himself in college and opera productions. He was also a favorite of Music & Theater last season with his appearance with the New
York and Hampton Synagogue Choirs.
Kreshnik Zhabjaku – Baritone
Kreshnik Zhabjaku began his singing career at the age of four. At twelve he won First Prize in the“Young Voices” competition in his native Albania. He received his first graduate degree in 1997 from Tirana’s Academy of Fine Arts and went on to perform with many outstanding orchestras in Europe, appearing regularly in France, Italy, and Austria. He also received a master’s degree in Vocal erformance from the Mannes College of Music in New York. Among many distinctions and honors,
Mr. Zhabjaku performed at the Music University of Vienna, the Annecy Festival in France; master classes in Marseille; he won First Prize as “Best Young Singer” in Europe’s Art Song Performance competition and won the prestigious Arleen Auger Memorial Fund Scholarship for 2001.
Rigo-Bro: Opera & Broadway Matinee
Celebrating a decade of stirring afternoons in leFrak Concert Hall
May 2, 2010 • Sunday, 2 pm
Special reception following performance.
All attendees invited.
Benjamin Warshawski – Tenor
His operatic star has risen with leading roles throughout the U.S. and beyond, including our own NYC Opera in Manhattan. He appeared locally with Avi Albrecht in a stunning concert for the Queensborough Community College Performance Arts Series in 2005. We welcome the young, acclaimed artist to our stage.
Linda Carroll – Soprano
The coloratura soprano began her concert career in her home state of Maine. She has performed to critical acclaim in The Creation, Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, as well as performances of more than seventy-five oratorios and masses. Operatic experience includes Queen of the Night, Adele, Despina, and soprano roles in Der Schauspieldirektor. She is also a former Miss America contestant, representing the State of Maine.
Louis Menendez – Director
The director and artistic director of the Bechstein-Players Series in Manhattan is a multifaceted
conductor, pianist, educator, composer, and collaborative artist.
Avi Albrecht – Baritone
He continues to amaze and enthrall us. His most recent cameo for the Music & Theater Series in 2009 with
the New York Synagogue Choir was unforgettable. He appeared in each of our five International Cantors oncerts and four Queens Symphony sellouts in Colden Auditorium, Queens College. Our favorite baritone is back again!
William Riley – Baritone
The award-winning baritone has performed internationally in opera
and concert. He is a world-renowned voice trainer, and was the winner of the world’s largest Oratorio Prize, the National Federation of Music Clubs
Young Artist Award.
This series has been made possible by
Elsi Levy and Family with additional funding by New York City Council grants obtained by the Honorable David I. weprin, New York City Councilman, 23rd District, and the Honorable Melinda Katz, New York City District.