Baritone Philip Lima joins the Phil on Saturday, September 4, in a special free Labor Day Weekend concert, part of the Plymouth 400 Official Maritime Salute festivities. Mr. Lima has regularly garnered critical acclaim for his performances on both concert and operatic stages: “His singing was glorious” (The Boston Globe) – “vibrant baritone and a commanding presence” (Cleveland The Plain Dealer) – “keen musicianship along with total dramatic intention.” (Opera News Online).
He has sung leading operatic roles for the international Kurt Weill Festival in Germany, numerous regional American opera companies, and the Handel & Haydn Society in works ranging from Handel’s Semele and Mozart’s Così fan tutte to Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca, to Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Barber’s Vanessa, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic classics The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. Of particular note have been his featured roles in the world premieres of operas by jazz greats Leslie Burrs, Nathan Davis, and Mary Watkins and award-winning composer Larry Bell.
Mr. Lima has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops and over sixty orchestras, choral societies, and concert series across the United States and in Korea and Ukraine, singing major works such as Bach’s St. John Passion and Ich habe genug, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles and Mass (major excerpts), the Requiems of both Brahms and Fauré, Dave Brubeck’s The Light in the Wilderness, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Mendelssohn’s Grosse Festmusik zum Dürerfest (U.S. premiere), Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, and the major choral works of Vaughan Williams. He as been been acclaimed for his performances with numerous orchestras—including the Boston Pops—of Lee Hoiby’s setting of the “I Have a Dream” speech of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a solo recitalist, Mr. Lima debuted in Rome with a concert of spirituals in 2000, and has performed frequently at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall. His performance of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Beverly Orlove was cited by The Boston Phoenix in an annual summary of Boston’s “Unforgettable Classical Events.”
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts and an alumnus of Yale University, Mr. Lima studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University with Phyllis Curtin, and with Richard Conrad. He is Conrad’s successor as the artistic director of The Bostonians, an opera and concert ensemble. More information about Mr. Lima is available at philiplima.com, and at his YouTube channel, PhilipLimaSings.
Soprano Kristen Watson joins all three performances of the Phil's Holiday Pops, December 11 & 12, 2021.
Ms. Watson lends vocals to new music co-commissioned by the Phil and the Cape Symphony during the concert, Two Worlds, One Land, on January 29, 2022.
Kristen Watson, hailed by critics for her “blithe and silvery” tone and “winning stage presence”, has made solo debuts with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York City, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Emmanuel Music, at such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. Anticipated to “become a valuable presence in the early-music world” (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe), Kristen Watson was recently granted the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellowship with Emmanuel Music, as well as awards from the American Bach Society Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of NY Solo Competition, Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition, and the Louisville Bach Society Vocal Competition.
Opera audiences have recently heard Kristen Watson as the “Voice of the Fountain” in Osvaldo Golijov’s acclaimed new opera Ainadamar with Opera Boston, directed by Peter Sellars. She has performed in additional productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Intermezzo Opera, and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in such roles as Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera and Monica in The Medium.
A versatile crossover artist, Kristen Watson has appeared at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra as the headlining artist on their “Holiday Pops” program, as well as “Mozart’s Greatest Hits”, both under conductor Keith Lockhart.
Tenor Matthew Anderson joins all three performances of the Phil's Holiday Pops, December 11 & 12, 2021.
The American tenor, Matthew Anderson, studied at Lawrence Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas (Class of 1999). He studied Classics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and voice at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He spent two seasons as a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow with Emmanuel Music. He also trained in the James Collier Apprentice Artist Program at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and the Cincinnati Opera Resident Ensemble. hE is a two-time prize-winner in the American Bach Society Competition and winner of the second prize in the Oratorio Society of New York's Solo Competition, in which he also won the Westenberg Award for 18th Century Stylistic Interpretation.
Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to oratorio, opera, and musical theater. An accomplished interpreter of the music of J.S. Bach, he sings regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata Series. He appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival as a soloist in the Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and spent several summers at the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was featured as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow and aria soloist in the Saint John Passion (BWV 245). He has received particular acclaim for his portrayals of the Evangelists in J.S. Bach's Passions, which he has performed throughout the USA.
Natalie Douglas joins both performances of the Phil's much anticipated pops concert: Bette, Babs & Beyond, January 8 & 9, 2022, a tribute to Bette Midler, Barbra Steisand, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner & more!
Called, “a true force of nature,” and "in a league of her own," by Clive Davis of The Times (UK) in his TWO five-star reviews of two different London appearances, Natalie Douglas is a Nightlife, two-time Backstage Bistro & ten-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Winner and recipient of the Donald F. Smith & Margaret Whiting Awards from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Natalie’s portrait also hangs on the legendary Birdland Jazz Club Wall of Fame.
Her performances have brought crowds to their feet across the U.S. (Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Café Carlyle, Herbst Theatre, Thalian Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room) and the world (The UK, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Corsica, Turkey, Monaco, Argentina and Mexico) with many different concerts featuring tributes to Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Nicks & Stevie Wonder, Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton as well as shows about Cafe Society, the music of the 70’s and 80’s, songs of various civil rights movements and gospel influenced jazz and blues. Read more...
Wampanoag historian and storyteller,Jonathan James Perry narrates an orchestral tone poem, new music commissioned by the Phil for its January 29, 2022 concert, Two Worlds, One Land.
Traditional singer, dancer, speaker and carver, Jonathan Perry is grounded in the traditions of his ocean-going ancestors. He considers designs by examining the raw materials closely, and draws his images from the grain, hues, and patina of wood, stone and copper. Jonathan enjoys using the materials and knowledge handed down from his ancestors to express his understanding of the natural world as well as the changes over time since Creation. His mentors, like the late Nanepashemet (Tony Pollard) of the Wampanoag Nation, have taught him to observe and take special care when handling these materials, and breathing life into his pieces of art. Jonathan’s work embodies the refined quality of those of his ancestors, while still drawing upon his experience in a contemporary society. His pieces reflect balance within the Natural World, incorporating stories, effigies, and symbology of Wampanoag traditions.
Jonathan is influenced by his time spent on the ocean, something very close to him, being from an island Native community. One defining moment has been when Jonathan witnessed a basking whale off the cliffs of Aquinnah, MA on his home island of Martha’s Vineyard. These whale images have since appeared in many of his pieces. Jonathan continues to use the materials and knowledge handed down from his ancestors to express his understanding of the Natural World and the change that it has experienced in the past four hundred years. Jonathan’s three dimensional artwork ranges in size from large, hand-carved dugout ocean vessels, to stone effigy pipes and high-end copper jewelry.
Performing a special concert on February 19, 2022 to benefit the Phil.
Sons of Serendip is a musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. Micah Christian, a former teacher from Randolph, Massachusetts, is the lead vocalist of the group; Cordaro Rodriguez, a former attorney from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the pianist and guitarist; Kendall Ramseur, a former cello instructor from Charlotte, NC, is the cellist and vocalist; and Mason Morton, who is a former teacher from Atlanta, GA, is the harpist for the quartet.
In 2014 they came together to begin what they know will be a long beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts by competing and becoming finalists on America’s Got Talent, Season 9 (NBC). They hope that their music will resonate deeply with listeners and that, in some way, it will make their lives a little better – even if just for a moment. Read more...
Meteorologist Mike Wankum forecasts during the Phil's concert The Sound and the Fury: Music and Mother Nature, March 6, 2022, a weather-related concert for all ages.
Mike Wankum is a meteorologist for WCVB-Channel 5. Mike has been forecasting weather in Boston for over two decades joining Channel 5 in December of 2006. Prior to that, he served thirteen years as chief meteorologist at WLVI-TV. Mike has also reported weather for KISS 108, The Boston Herald, WBUR-FM and WZLX-FM.
Mike is an award-winning forecaster with thirteen regional Emmy Awards, as well as numerous AP and Mass Broadcasters awards for his weather coverage. His weekly “Cutting Edge” technology series was awarded the 2018 First Place for a recurring segment by the Massachusetts Broadcasting Association. In 2017 the Washington Post listed him as one of the 7 “Coolest” Meteorologist in the United States.
Prior to arriving in Boston, Mike was chief meteorologist at WTVR-TV, Richmond VA. He also served as chief meteorologist at KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA.
Mike is a frequent guest science lecturer at area schools and universities. He’s spoken on a variety of topics including climate change, media, severe weather, nuclear disasters and children’s issues. Mike served as past Chairman of the Chernobyl Children Project USA. He is also actively involved in various local charitable organizations.
Joining the Phil's opening concert, Beethoven@250+ on March 26 and 27, 2022.
Alexander Velinzon joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in January 2000, became assistant concertmaster in 2005, and was promoted to associate concertmaster in 2015. During recent years he has appeared with the London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Germany’s WDR Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony as a guest concertmaster, as well as serving as Concertmaster of Seattle Symphony from 2012 till 2015.
Velinzon’s solo highlights include critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto and Schnittke Violin Concerto #4 with the Seattle Symphony, as well as appearances with University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Music Festival Orchestra.
His concerto appearances include performances with the Bakersfield Symphony in California and New Philharmonia Orchestra in Massachusetts, and a return to the Oregon Music Festival to perform Bruch violin concerto.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Velinzon has performed with the Boston Chamber Players, Seattle Chamber Music Society; in Boston he is a long-standing member of the Walden Chamber Players and a co-founder of the LiveArts string quartet. In New York, he performs frequently with the Jupiter Chamber Players.
Joining the Phil's concert, Mysteries of the Heart on April 30, 2022.
The American pianist, Randall Hodgkinson, Hodgkinson completed his Bachelor of Music degree with honors at New England Conservatory (NEC) in 1976, attending NEC during the era in which Gunther Schuller served as President, and was also soloist under Gunther Schuller while on a fellowship to Tanglewood. He obtained his Master of Music degree with distinction, Artist Diploma, also from NEC. He studied with Veronica Jochum, Russell Sherman, Leonard Shure. He won the International American Music Competition which was sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Randall Hodgkinson has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and with orchestras in Italy and Iceland. He has also performed in recitals in the USA and Europe.