Halverson Sings at Carnegie Hall
Apr 05, 2010
Peter Halverson, associate professor of music, joined an all-star cast at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere two-act concert version of a musical based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Grapes of Wrath.”
The cast of The Collegiate Chorale performance March 22 included Broadway and classical stars including Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole, Nathan Gunn, Elizabeth Futral, Anthony Dean Griffey and Steven Pasquale.
This melding of opera and theatre was commissioned and produced by the Minnesota Opera. Composers Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie penned the special concert version of the original opera to include narration and featured Jane Fonda as narrator. Called “the great American opera” by Musical America, Gordon and Korie’s new work blends popular musical styles with the grand opera.
Halverson has toured with Western Opera Theater and Minnesota Opera and sings frequently with symphonies and opera companies throughout the U.S., and particularly in mid-America. He has been the baritone soloist in numerous performances and was also soloist in the premiere of Dr. René Clausen's “MEMORIAL” at the ACDA National Convention at Lincoln Center in 2003. Halverson is a member of the voice faculty at Concordia.
The Collegiate Chorale, one of New York’s leading vocal ensembles, was founded in 1941 by Robert Shaw and its mission is “to enrich audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.” The ensemble has established a reputation of national and international prominence.
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