MEAGAN AMELIA BRUS
Known for her consistently dynamic performances, Ms. Brus’ rising career has included many operatic roles and concerts, both in the United States and abroad. Her 2014/2015 season included concerts in Mexico City, Washington DC, Iowa City, Pennsylvania & NYC including performances of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a performance as soprano soloist in Händel’s Messiah at Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Philadelphia, the role of Frasquita in Carmen with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Dandelion Woman in Carson Kievman’s world premiere opera Fairy Tales with the SoBe Institute. Her May 2014 performance of Mr. Kievman’s Fairy Tales prompted Greg Stepanich of the Palm Beach Arts Paper to write, “Brus… was remarkable as the Dandelion Woman. Brus’s performance was a tour de force in every way, with fresh, fierce power in abundant supply, a rock-solid command of an exceedingly difficult part, and an ability to hold onto her audience through some thorny terrain.”
A major proponent of new and modern music, she has given many performances with her chamber music trio, sTem. Together, they have commissioned and premiered over two-dozen pieces, including an English arrangement of Schoenberg’s Erwartung. Comfortable both on the operatic stage and in concert, Ms. Brus has been the soprano soloist in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Bach’s Magnificat and Jesu, Meine Freude, Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominum and Dixit Dominus, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Venere, Amore e Ragione in Montreal. Ms. Brus has given recitals in numerous places including Japan, Germany, Mexico, and across the United States. Ms. Brus resides in New York City and holds degrees from both the Manhattan School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud enjoys a rich musical life as a chamber musician, orchestra-leader, educator and artistic director. Recently chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship, Miki-Sophia is driven and inspired by music’s ability to connect people more deeply to one another and to themselves.
Since 2009, Miki-Sophia has been a core member of the self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, where her work as one of its concertmasters, soloists, and 17 artistic directors has been hailed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker and garnered a 2014 GRAMMY nomination. Acclaimed for her thoughtful and innovative approach to the concert experience, Miki-Sophia’s programming has been described as “ingeniously crafted” by The Boston Globe.
Miki-Sophia is a member of the New York-based Solera Quartet, winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award and 2018 Guarneri Quartet Residency from Chamber Music America. In addition to their concert schedule, the Soleras are passionate about sharing music with incarcerated communities, and have performed dozens of concerts in prisons and jails across the country.
An alumna of Harvard College, Yale School of Music, Vienna Academy of Music, and New England Conservatory, Miki-Sophia joined the faculty of Dartmouth College in 2016, where she mentors a vibrant studio of bright and inquisitive violinists.
Miki-Sophia is honored to play an 1855 violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, graciously on loan to her through the Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship.
Praised by critics for her “astounding virtuosic gifts” (Boston Herald) and “achingly pure sound” (The Toronto Star), concert violinist Tricia Park enjoys a diverse and eclectic career as soloist, chamber musician, concert master, educator, and festival curator.
Tricia is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of “Korea’s World Leaders of Tomorrow” by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. Since appearing in her first orchestral engagement at age 13 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa; the Montreal, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, Honolulu, Nevada, and Lincoln Symphonies; and the Calgary, Buffalo, and Westchester and Naples Philharmonics. She has also given recitals throughout the United States and abroad, including a highly acclaimed performance at the Ravinia Rising Stars series. As First Violinist of the Maia Quartet from 2005-2011, she performed at Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street Y in New York and Beijing’s Forbidden City Hall and was on faculty at the University of Iowa.
Other career highlights include Tricia’s recital debut at the Kennedy Center, appearances at the Lincoln Center Festival in Bright Sheng’s The Silver River, her Korean debut performance with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Orchestra and collaborations with composer Tan Dun, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Timothy Eddy and Steven Tenenbom. An appearance with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra at Jordan Hall garnered a glowing review from the Boston Herald that stated, “If you see the name Tricia Park in any future programs, buy a ticket.”
Recent season highlights include a performance of Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the South Bend Symphony; a recital at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble Peripherie; a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with the Notre Dame Symphony; a collaborative performance with violist Daniel Avshalomov; and a recording of works by Per Bloland on the TZADIK label with the ECCE Ensemble. Tricia is also the founding member of the Solera Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.
Tricia maintains an ongoing interest in new music and non-classical styles. She has performed with jazz musicians Matt Ulery and Zach Brock, has appeared with the rock band, Another Dead Clown and performs duo violin recitals with fiddler-violinist, Taylor Morris.
Passionate about arts education and community development, Tricia is the co-founder and artistic director of MusicIC, a summer chamber music festival that takes place in downtown Iowa City. MusicIC presents free concerts and events focus on music for small ensembles inspired by works of literature, both prose and poetry.
Tricia received her Bachelor and Master of Music from the Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. She is a recipient of the Starling-DeLay Teaching Fellowship at the Juilliard School. She has studied and performed chamber music with Felix Galimir, Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Michael Tree, Gary Hoffman, Paul Neubauer, Robert McDonald, and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets as well as the new music group, Eighth Blackbird. Other former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, Donald Weilerstein, Hyo Kang and Piotr Milewski.
Currently, Tricia is full-time Violin Faculty and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame. Get to know more about Tricia at www.triciapark.com
Jorell Williams is an American operatic baritone with a wide variety of experience from standard repertoire to premiere pieces. He begins the 2019 – 2020 season with the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You at the HERE Center for the Arts, returns to Seattle Opera for The Falling and the Rising and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, and makes company debuts with Opera Birmingham in Independence Eve, Pacific Opera Victoria in Carmen, and the Cincinnati May Festival in John Adams’ I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky. Mr. Williams previous season included the American premiere of Frank London’s Cuban-Yiddish Opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire with Peak Performances, followed by returns to Victory Hall Opera in The Medium, Finger Lakes Opera in La Boheme, and his New York City Opera debut, reprising the role of Hannah-Before in Laura Kaminsky’s As One.
In the 2017 – 2018 season, Mr. Williams debuted in the American premiere of Rameau’s Sympathie (or Acante et Céphise) as Le Genie Oroès with Victory Hall Opera, returned to the Caramoor International Music Festival as Nardo in On-Site Opera’s production of La finta giardiniera, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Finger Lakes Opera, and joined Matt Aucoin in a remount of Crossing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Diane Paulus. He was featured with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Faure’s Requiem, and premiered new works by Libby Larsen, Daren Hagen, and Laura Kaminsky in a variety of concerts with the Phoenix Concerts and The Five Boroughs Music Festival at National Sawdust. Jorell was also a guest in residence with The Park Avenue Armory and Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir for Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave’s The Let Go: Up Right performance exhibit.
In the 2016-17 season, Jorell made his European opera debut at the Budapesti Nyari Fesztival in the role of Jake in a concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, followed by debuts at Seattle Opera as Hannah-Before in Laura Kaminsky’s critically acclaimed As One, Opera Maine as Morales in Carmen, Atlanta Opera and On-Site Opera as Nardo in a co-production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, The Bay Chamber Music Festival as Escamillo in Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen, and returned to Urban Arias in the world premiere of Sidney Boquiren and Daniel Neer’s Independence Eve. He was featured as soloist in the Duruflé Requiem with the Kingston Chamber Choir in Kingston, Ontario; in recital with the IIluminarts Miami Festival for the Dandy Lion Exhibit; reprised the role of Vernon Addams in Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola with the Lyric Opera of the North; and a return to the Chautauqua Institution as soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass.
A former resident artist of the American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice series from 2011-2014, Jorell is a much in demand interpreter of contemporary opera, and has created roles in several world premieres, notably: Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola at Urban Arias; Matt Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater; John David Earnest’s The Theory of Everything with Encompass New Opera Theater; Anthony Davis’ Lear on the Second Floor at the University of San Diego; John Musto’s Bastianello with Rochester Lyric Opera; and workshops of Michael Torke’s Senna (2010), Nico Muhly’s Two Boys (2011), and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel (2018) with The Metropolitan Opera.
His concert engagements include the baritone solos in Ginastera’s Estancia with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra; Dvorak in America with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Hidgon’s Dooryard Bloom with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey; Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra; and John Musto’s River Songs with Songfest – Los Angeles. Mr. Williams has recorded world premieres by Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, David Lang’s Difficulty of Crossing a field with Beth Morrison Projects (Opera News top critics’ choice of 2015), and most recently, Jennifer Higdon’s 2017 Grammy nominated Cold Mountain with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Williams made his off-broadway debut in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with New York City Center Encores!, and has toured as a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He had the honor to perform with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in “A Celebration of America” at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the first Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, as well as the European premiere of Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass at the Barbican during the 2012 Olympics in London.
Jorell has performed as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Caramoor Bel Canto Program, Opera North, the Steans Institute of Music at the Ravinia Festival, Songfest-Los Angeles, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Westchester Vocal Institute. While a Master’s degree and Professional Studies candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, Jorell performed the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Milord Arespighn in Cimarosa’s L’italiana in Londra, Robert Sirota’s The Tailor of Gloucester, as well as the roles of Le Directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Ronaldo Cabral in the John Musto’s New York premiere of Later the same evening, Henry Davis in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Tarquinnius in The Rape of Lucretia, and Robert Garner in previews of Richard Danielpour’s New York premiere of Margaret Garner with the New York City Opera and Copland House Center for American Music. While a bachelor’s degree candidate at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Jorell performed the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marquis de la Force/le Geôlier in Dialogues des carmélites, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Jorell is a recipient of the 2018 Rochester Classical Idol XII Top Prize and Audience Choice awards, and garners top awards from the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, The American Prize, Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, David Adams Art Song Competition, The American Traditions Competition, Civic Morning Musicals Foundation, the National Association of Negro Musicians, and the Liberace Foundation.