AMICIMUSIC Presents THE BIG APPLE

AmiciMusic Presents
THE BIG APPLE
A wonderful trip to the 
Big Apple through song 

featuring 
Amanda Horton
soprano
Roberto Flores
baritone
Dr. Daniel Weiser
piano

SATURDAY MARCH 29th  7:30pm

 $15 in advance  

This concert will feature some fabulous songs showcasing New York City written by Gershwin, Berlin, Vernon Duke, and Rodgers.  

Amanda Horton has been lauded by Classical Voice of North Carolina as a “beautiful, rich soprano” of “great color and vocal expressiveness”, capable of “quiet passion and simplicity” as well as “joy and power” (cvnc.org).  Operatic highlights include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Adele (Die Fledermaus). Also an accomplished actress, the versatile soprano recently triumphed as Maria in The Sound of Music with Asheville Lyric Opera (April 2012), in a performance hailed as “magnificent” by CVNC.org. In addition to opera and musical theater, Ms. Horton often appears as soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with various groups in North Carolina, including the Asheville Symphony and the Carolina Concert Choir.

Regional appearances include Hansel and Gretel with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra,Lord Nelson Mass at Berry College, Poulenc’s Gloria with Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers at Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest recitals across the Southeast. She performed as a Young Artist with Opera Santa Barbara and holds opera performance degrees from Furman University and Shenandoah Conservatory. She has been an Artist in Residence with the Brio Chamber Series and performs regularly with AmiciMusic in creative venues across North Carolina, singing diverse programs of classical, cabaret and American songbook selections.

Roberto Flores, baritone, has years of performance experience, performing Musical Theatre, Oratorio and Opera throughout the South East and Europe. Roberto has been a soloist with the Asheville Symphony, and performs regularly with the Asheville Lyric Opera. He currently sings with the Chancel Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville. Flores has studied in association with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Virginia. He has enjoyed work as a speaker, vocal clinician, percussionist and the producer of two independent CD projects. Roberto also enjoys playing bassoon with the Hendersonville Community Band

Daniel Weiser, piano, has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald and won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.

Besides founding AmiciMusic, he co-founded and still serves as Artistic Director for Classicopia, a similar type of chamber music organization based in New Hampshire. He was also a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, which won a Chamber Music America award for inventive programming and outreach. He has participated in the New Hampshire Music Festival, Musicorda, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival and has been the Music Director of the Da Corneta Opera Ensemble, the Opera North Young Artist program, and Opera New England. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Obama.



ABOUT AmiciMusic
AmiciMusic is a  non-profit chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC, founded by pianist and Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. It is dedicated to performing chamber music throughout the Western North Carolina region in intimate venues such as private homes and non-traditional spaces, including bars, libraries, Churches, retirement homes, and more.

AmiciMusic, meaning “music among friends,” seeks to break down barriers between performers and audience through brief discussions of each composer on their programs and by promoting a relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts in order to encourage new concert-goers to enjoy the energy of the performances and the spirit of community and camaraderie.