Stinsons to Perform with Orchestra of NNY

POTSDAM - Some of Mozart's most beautiful arias will be sung by Jonathan Stinson, baritone, and Samantha Stinson, soprano, when the Orchestra of Northern New York performs its spring concert.

Mostly Mozart will be presented for two performances only: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam and 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 23 at First Presbyterian Church, Watertown.

The program opens with Rossini's Overture to "La Scala di Seta" ("The Silken Ladder"), followed by the Stinsons singing arias and a duet from Act I of Mozart's opera, Don Giovannia, K. 527. Another of Mozart's famous pieces, Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (A Little Night Music), K.525 will end the first half of the program. Following a brief intermission, ONNY will perform Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 

Samantha Stinson is heralded as a soprano with a "rounded, commanding top" (Chicago Broadway World). Recent operatic engagements include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Musetta in La bohème, Mme. Goldentrill in The Impresario, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Equally comfortable on the musical theatre stage, she has appeared as Franca in The Light in the Piazza and Lily in The Secret Garden. Dr. Stinson's concert solo work includes Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Weinachts Oratorium, and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasie” and Symphony No. 9. She was most recently seen on Potsdam’s CPS series as Cinderella’s Mother in Into the Woods and Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins.

Dr. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She has previously taught on the faculties of Northern Kentucky University and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at St. Lawrencee University and a voice instructor at Crane Youth Music Camp.

Jonathan Stinson, baritone, has appeared with opera companies throughout the country, including Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kentucky Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, Dayton Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and Opera New Jersey. Recent favorite roles include both Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Sid in Albert Herring, Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking, and the title roles of Gianni SchicchiEugene Onegin, and Don Giovanni. Recent solo work has included the Requiems of Faure, Mozart, and Duruflé, the complete Bach Weinachts Oratorium, and Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ. This April, he will sing the baritone solos in Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh at Missouri State University.

Dr. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He has previously taught on the faculties of Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, College of Mount Saint Joseph, and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a voice instructor at Crane Youth Music camp.

Tickets are $22 adults, $18 seniors/military, and $5 for students, ages 6-17, and college students with I.D. For tickets, contact the CPS box office at 315-267-2277, visit onny.org, or purchase them at the door.

ONNY is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and the Northern New York Community Foundation.

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