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The St. James Concert Series presents an afternoon of Love and Romance with international opera stars Roy Stevens, Annalisa Winberg, and pianist Ron Brickman, in a program that features music from opera, operetta, Broadway, classical, popular, and Hollywood.

The performance will be hosted Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. at The Red Church (St. James Episcopal Church) in Sonora.

Tickets for this concert are $15 for adults and $6 for students under 18 and are available at The Mountain Bookshop or by calling (209)536-0825. Season tickets ($45) are available by calling (209)536-0825.

This performance will include works made famous by Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, the Three Tenors, Andrea Bocellli, Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban. It will also explore the aspects of love – joy, separation and loss, love of country and family – in many languages and styles, as represented by great composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Lehar, Sigmund Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as many more.

Roy Stevens, baritone, is an international opera singer who has performed major roles in leading theatres and with symphony orchestras around the world, from Teatro alla Scala in Milan to the Metropolitan Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Theatre del Liceu, Dresden’s Semperoper, Valencia Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has sung internationally as Dramatic Baritone and Heldentenor since his international debut in 1987.

Annalisa Winberg, soprano is an international opera singer who has performed with many orchestras and opera theatres, including the Dallas Opera, Boston Opera Theatre, German National Theatre of Weimar, New Israeli Opera, Kamptal Festpiele, Tirole Festspiele, National Theatre of Guatemala, New York Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and many others. Winberg is also a successful trainer of voices, from classical to pop and mariachi.

Roy and Annalisa have been happily married since 1987. They have performed professionally in 23 countries, on five continents, and in 14 languages and have touched the educational lives of more than 500,000 students across the United States through their renowned inspirational educational program: Amazing Vox School Residencies.

Ron Brickman, pianist, began his studies at the piano at the age of eight with Mrs. Charles Brockman in his hometown of West Point, in Calaveras County. He gave his first solo recital at the age of 10, performing the “Liebestraum” of Liszt among other works, and continued his studies through high school. Mr. Brickman attended Stanford University and then MIT, where he received a doctorate in political science. His first position was at the University of Strasbourg, France. At this time, he renewed his interest in music and made the acquaintance of several young musicians who later became international concert artists. In 1991, he returned to his hometown of West Point and shortly thereafter founded the Mother Lode Friends of Music, a classical music performance society based in Amador County. He now performs several concerts a year as recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist and soloist with orchestra.


Future concerts in the St. James Concert Series are: The Messiah Sing-Along, Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Church of the 49ers, Columbia (admission to this concert is free – donation of nonperishable food item for Interfaith appreciated); Jason Sia, Pianist, Feb. 21, 2016, 3 p.m., The Red Church,, Sonora; Trio 180, April 24, 2016, 3 p.m., The Red Church, Sonora; Golden Bough, May 22, 2016, 3 p.m., The Red Church, Sonora.