Parkway Concert Orchestra presents 'Broadway and Opera Favorites' on May 3 in Norwood

Parkway Concert Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary with 'Broadway and Opera Favorites' on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 100 Winter Street, Norwood. Music Director Geneviève Leclair conducts the 50 piece non-profit orchestra in 'La forza del destino' overture, Carmen Suite No. 1, 'O Soave Fanciulla' from La Bohème, selections from 'Phantom of the Opera' and other favorites. The concert features Mario Arevalo, tenor, and Kelley Hollis, soprano. You may read their bios here.

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Donation is $15; $10 for seniors and students; and free for children under 12 years old. For ticket reservations please call 781-762-0288.

The Program:

Giuseppe Verdi
La forza del destino Overture
Gaetano Donizetti
“Una furtiva lagrima” from L'elisir d'amore
Claude-Michel Schönberg
“I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables
Elton John, arranged by Calvin Custer
The Lion King (Selections)
Circle Of Life – This Land – I Just Can't Wait To Be King – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Brian Bell, Assistant Conductor
John Farrar
“You’re the One That I Want” from Grease
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Overture and “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett
Night and Day
Pietro Mascagni
“Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana
Antonín Dvořák
“O Silver Moon” from Rusalka
Georges Bizet
Carmen Suite No. 1
Prélude – Aragonaise – Intermezzo – Séguedille – Les Dragons d'Alcala – Les Toréadors
Giacomo Puccini
“O soave fanciulla” from La bohème

Mario Arévalo, tenor

tenor Mario Arevalo portraitTenor Mario Arévalo is garnering great reviews and compliments for his acting ability and Italianate singing, with La Nazione Firenze proclaiming him “A young, promising lyric tenor”. Mr. Arévalo made his New York City debut with the Purchase Opera at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Opera in 2007, and his international Opera debut in Canada and Italy singing the role of Hassan/Guardiano in the 2009 world premiere of Carlo Pedini’s Jago, with International Opera Theater.

Mr. Arévalo was born and raised in El Salvador, receiving his Master of Music degree from the prestigious College of Fine Arts at Boston University and his Bachelors Degree from The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. In 2008 Mr. Arévalo was a National finalist in the National Opera Association Young Artist Competition, in which he received the Legacy Award. In addition to receiving an Honorary Mention Award in the Five Towns Young Artist Competition, he was a Finalist and Award winner with The New Hampshire Opera Idol Competition.

On the operatic stage, he has performed such roles as Alfred in Die Fledermaus,

Kazimierz in the NYC premiere of Hrabina by OperaOggiNY, and Monsieur Grivet in Tobias Picker’s Therese Raquin. He has covered Edgardo in Lucia di Lamermoor.

You can find out more about Mr. Arevalo on his web site:

Kelley Hollis, soprano

soprano Kelley Hollis portraitSoprano Kelley Hollis is a graduate of Boston University’s Opera Institute, whose credits include the title role in Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Micaela in Le Tragedie de Carmen, and Harper in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America.

In October 2013, Kelley made her Boston operatic debut in the Boston premiere of Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters. Last year Ms. Hollis sang the role of Nina in the New England premiere of Pasatieri’s The Seagull, presented by Opera del West. Additionally Kelley has performed with opera companies around the country, including Chautauqua Opera and the Castleton Festival where she sang Une Amante in Puccini’s Il tabarro and covered the role of Musetta in La boheme.

In 2014, Ms. Hollis was a finalist for Lyric Opera Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and in 2013 she was a semi-finalist in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition. In 2011 Kelley received an encouragement award from the Wisconsin District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council.

Kelley Hollis is a student of soprano Lynn Eustis. She received both her Masters and Bachelor's degrees from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

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