SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Nigrelli
Résonance Announces New Season and New Leadership
Résonance, Omaha’s premier, multi-faceted vocal ensemble, is excited to announce its 2015/16 season and the public is invited to a sneak preview of what’s coming up in the next few months.
The organization that boasts “repertoire without limits, in venues without boundaries” will take on a variety of new challenges in its upcoming season with returning collaborators like the Omaha Symphony and special partners J. Gawf, resident music director of Opera Omaha, and award-winning choreographer Debbie Massey-Schneweis.
Résonance will open the first weekend in November with the Omaha Symphony and Maestro Thomas Wilkins in Dvorak’s powerful Stabat Mater at the Holland Performing Arts Center. In December, due to popular demand, the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration production will present ten feature performances, featuring Résonance as its principal ensemble led by Gawf and directed by Maestro Ernest Richardson. Come spring, Résonance is pleased to return to the Symphony Joslyn series for a performance of the exquisite Stravinsky Mass and Haydn Te Deum, conducted by Richardson. The ensemble then looks forward to accompanying the orchestra in May on their Movie Music series for a selection of superhero favorites.
Résonance takes pride in showcasing its wide range of talent, and what better place to “put on a show” than the popular PS Collective in Benson. Directed by Massey-Schneweis, the well-loved event in March promises to be an entertaining night of fun and variety.
Additional community engagement this season includes a variety of performances during the holidays and participating in the annual Renaissance Festival in May.
Guiding Résonance through this ambitious and full season is its new music director, A. Barron Breland, whose recent appointment was fully funded by Charles C Wood, II. Breland is associate professor of music at Creighton University and artistic director of the River City Mixed Chorus. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the choral arts, having worked with many award-winning ensembles. Résonance also welcomes the addition of the multi-talented pianist and organist, Mark Kurtz. Kurtz currently serves as director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Omaha and is a well-known choral composer. Kurtz joins the organization as associate music director and collaborative pianist along with current assistant music director Tom Lesiak. To the challenges ahead, Breland says, “We are all looking forward to working with the talented and inspiring musicians to entertain and engage the community in our pursuit of artistic excellence.”
The community can enjoy a sneak preview of its fourth season and meet the artistic team and ensemble members at a champagne reception on Friday, September 25 at SNJ Studio of Music. For more information, visit resonancevoices.org.
Résonance, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization based in Omaha, Nebraska, whose mission is to engage, inspire and challenge those entertained through eclectic and innovative vocal music performances and compelling collaborations. While at the core an a capella ensemble, Résonance also performs collaboratively with instrumentalists in styles that range from early music and opera to jazz and musical theater, in a variety of venues. Since its founding in 2012, the professional voices have performed with award-winners and experts from the leading performing arts organizations of the area. Résonance is in residence at SNJ Studio of Music and performs in partnership with Trinity Cathedral. For more information, visit resonancevoices.org.