Puccini & Pasta
Grace Episcopal Church
Fri. 4 / 26 @ 7 pm
9 Harrington Ave., Westwood, NJ doors open at 6:30 pm
$30 // $25 // $15
Palisades Opera Singers and Guest Artists
see bios below
Purchase tickets through peace4paws.org viaPayPal or by calling Sara at 203 - 915 - 2478
plus at these Westwood merchants:
Watch Out Jewelers
We are very grateful to our sponsors for Animal Benefit Weekend 2013
Animal Benefit Weekend 2013 is sponsored by
Lewis Drugs, Westwood Pets, Open Doors, Doggie Deuce, RML and Puddy and the Beagle Boys.
The food sponsors include Westwood’s New Jersey's:
It’s Greek to Me, Your Way Café and Bakery, Pompilios, Westwood Diner and Pancake House,
plus Esti's Cafe from Oradell and from River Vale: Crecco’s.
Since we are serving food indoors, no pets are permitted. However you can bring your pet to the Jazz Brunch, Sunday, April 28.
We are honored to present these talented performers at the dinner.........
Linda Balliro, soprano
Soprano Linda Balliro is very happy to be here tonight to support such a great cause and a hardworking organization like Peace4paws. Linda has been a vegan for the past 11 years. She graduated from New England Conservatory of Music and studied and performed in Central Europe for 12 years. She has been teaching voice for 10 years, certified by Seth Riggs in Speech Level Singing. Tomorrow you can attend a workshop for singers she is teaching at the Westwood Studios that is also a fundraiser for Peace4paws.
Jennifer Cece Bellon, soprano
Jennifer Cece Bellon, soprano, of Westwood, NJ is glad to be returning to the stage of Grace Episcopal Church where she was a featured soloist inSongs of Hope I and II, and performed the roles of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Musetta in La Boheme with the Palisades Opera. Favorite performances include appearances in NYC with the New York Opera Forum and Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and in NJ: Rapunzel in Rapunzel at the Paper Mill Playhouse, North Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Rockland Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. Ms. Cece attended the University of Richmond on a vocal scholarship, and earned a Masters in Music in classical Vocal Performance at New Jersey City University. She was the first place winner in the NATS 2000 opera competition and has been teaching voice for 17 years. (Seewww.JenniferVocals.com) Future performances include the role of Blondchen in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio in NYC.
Jim Cagle, bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Jim Cagle is a resident of Westwood as well as a native Oklahoman. Jim has performed several roles with Palisades Opera including Benoit and Alcindoro in La Boheme, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Bartolo in Le nozze de Figaro. Earlier this year Jim performed in Andrea Chenier and, this summer, will be performing the role of Osmin in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with the New York Opera Forum in NYC.
Stacey Canterbury, soprano
Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, spinto soprano Stacey Canterbury, knew from age five, as she gave performances for her stuffed animals, that music and singing would always be a big part of her life. Since that time, Ms. Canterbury has made good on her dream by having created a loyal following as she engaged her audiences with her impassioned and expressive performances. From the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains with roles like Micaëla in Carmen sung with the Wichita Grand Opera and most recently, Elisabeth in Verdi’s Don Carlos for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She has garnered the praise of critics. “- “Canterbury unveiled a voice that combined superb purity of tone and breath control… The riveting performance earned her several brava’s from an appreciative audience.” In addition to her many upcoming engagements, Ms. Canterbury has recently joined the roster at the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Anthony Daino, tenor
Anthony Daino, tenor, has a beautiful voice, an engaging personality, and an extensive repertoire that includes operatic arias, oratorio, and traditional international songs. In a NY Times review Allan Kozinn wrote ”Most of the admirable singing came from the tenor...who sang who sang the role of Alfredo...Mr. Daino has an appealing tone, perfect diction, and an ear for nuance.” After winning the Spoleto Competition in Italy, Anthony sang Ernesto in Don Pasquale under the direction of Gian Carlo Menotti. Anthony has under the direction of Mignon Dunn, Janet Bookspan and Nico Castel. Other credits include tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Newburgh Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with DiCapo Opera in Venice, Italy.
Sara Henry, mezzo-soprano
Hailed by the Jerusalem Post as "A Magnificent Dramatic Voice" versatile mezzo-soprano Sara Henry has sung leading and supporting roles in more than 30 operas, and has been seen in concert throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Ms. Henry began her formal vocal studies at La Scuola di Musico di Sesto in Florence, Italy, and later went on to graduate from Sarah Lawrence College, where she made her debut as the alto soloist in Bach'sWeinachts Oratorio, under the baton of Grammy winning composer, George Tsontakis. Highlights of her career have included the roles of Semiramide (Semiramide), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Diana (La Calisto), Adalgisa (Norma), Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) Xerxes (Xerxes) and the title role in Carmen, as well as a trio of Handelian heroes: Ariodante (Ariodante), Ruggiero (Alcina), and Arsamene (Serse). Ms. Henry also had the honor of portraying the dual roles of Azelia and Claire in the Canadian premiere of William Grant Still's seldom performed opera,Troubled Island.
James Kelso, violin
James Kelso began studying the violin at age 6 at Thurnauer School of Music. He has performed throughout the East Coast including Bryant Park, Central Park, Bergen PAC, the Jewish History Museum, Waterville Valley, and Disney World. Benefit concerts include “Sending Our Love to Haiti” which raised over $100,000 for earthquake relief, and “Vana Ve Afrika” to benefit orphaned children in Swaziland. James has won several NYC concerto competitions, performing as a soloist at Carnegie Weill Hall three times. He currently studies privately with Khullip Jeung, assistant faculty, The Juilliard School of Music Pre-College.
Ruth Kenote, mezzo-soprano
Ruth Kenote, mezzo-soprano,has appeared as a solo performer throughout the United States, Australia, and Asia. Ms. Kenote’s recent soloist performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Nyack Chamberfest Asia Tour, the annual “Resounding Joy” concert for No Longer Alone Ministries, and the Carnegie Room Concert Series in Nyack, performing Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91. Ms. Kenote’s stage roles include Marcellina from The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen from scenes of Carmen, and Suzuki from scenes of Madama Butterfly. Ruth Kenote received her Bachelor of Music from Houghton College, where she studied voice with Dr. Margaret Kuhl.
Ronni Sarrett Lederman, soprano
Soprano Ronni Sarrett Lederman has sung Mimi in La Boheme, Zerlina in
Don Giovanni and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Palisades Opera, of which she is the founder. Other favorite roles performed elsewhere include Marguerite in Faust, Pamina and the First Lady in The Magic Flute, Gilda in Rigoletto, Antonia in Tales of Hoffman, and Clarina in Le cambiale di matrimonio. She has performed with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, Rockland Opera, the New York Opera Forum, West Side Opera Society, Hudson Lyric Opera and more. She is a voice teacher with a private vocal studio in Nyack, NY.
Christopher Oldfather, piano
One of New York’s most gifted, trusted, respected, often-requested, and well-liked pianists, Christopher Oldfather has devoted himself to the performance of twentieth-century music for more than thirty years.He has been a member of Boston’s Collage New Music since 1979, New York City’s Parnassus since 1997, appears regularly in Chicago, and as a collaborator has joined singers and instrumentalists of all kinds in recitals throughout the United States. His work has taken him as far afield as Moscow and Tokyo, and he has worked on every sort of keyboard ever made, including, of all things, the Chromelodeon. He is widely known for his expertise on the harpsichord, and is one of the leading interpreters of twentieth century works for that instrument. As a soloist he has appeared with the MET Chamber Players, the San Francisco Symphony, and Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. His recording of Elliott Carter's violin-piano Duo with Robert Mann was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1990. Recently he has collaborated with the conductor Robert Craft, and can be heard on several of his recordings.
YoonHye Eunice Park, piano
After winning various competitions and her debut as a soloist with the Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, she has performed in many concert halls as a soloist and chamber musician in Korea, Europe and the U.S. She was invited by Garam Arts Society to give a solo recital at the Garam Arts concert hall in Pusan, Korea., which was highly acclaimed and broadcast on the radio. Ms. Park has also participated in masterclasses given by Oxana Yablonskaya, Martin Canin, Dae-Jin Kim, Epifanio Comis, Bernard Ringeissen, and Ian Hopson. Currently, Ms Park serves as music director for HCMC (Hope Christian Ministries Community) a non-profit organization with musicians to play both Classical and Christian music in Korea, Bulgaria, and the U.S. She also performs actively as a member of Sonata di Chiesa, a non-profit group of ensembles comprised of professional musicians from the tri-state area. Ms. Park is also known for teaching many award-winning students in NJ.
Randy Pradera, tenor
Although usually found grading tests and English essays, tenor Randy Pradera was recently heard singing Rodolfo and Don Ottavio with Palisades Opera of NJ and as tenor soloist at the St. Genaro Festival. Prior engagements and roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Beppe in Pagliacci and multiple seasons as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea. When not singing opera, Randy enjoys performing traditional boleros with his guitar and conga group Los Nostalgicos for charity groups catering to the elderly and persons with disabilities. In July, Randy will be making his NYC debut with NY Grand Opera singing the role of Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera.