Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is pleased to present “Broadway’s Best,” on Sunday, February 23rd. The concert will feature popular tunes from favorite Broadway musicals performed by a quartet of vocalists. Sopranos Alicia Berneche and Emily Barnash will be joined by tenor Trenton Baker and Christopher Richard, baritone. Roger Bingaman, Artistic Director of the Fine Arts Series and Music Director at Music Theater Works in Evanston will accompany the singers on piano. The program will highlight songs from past and future Music Theater Works productions.
Alicia Berneche is a renowned American lyric coloratura soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses throughout the United States and around the globe. She appeared on the stages of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, and as Helen Niles in the new edition of Mourning Becomes Electra. She also appeared at The Goodman Theatre, The Barbican in London, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ and Mary Zimmerman’s Galileo Galilei. In addition to performing, Alicia teaches voice at Glenbrook North High School and privately.
Soprano Emily Barnash is a singer and actress with experience performing opera, musical theater, jazz, rock and Gospel music. She has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Art degree from DePauw University. Emily’s theater credits include the title role in Susannah, the Witch in Into the Woods, and the Old Woman in Candide.
Tenor Trenton Baker is an actor and singer who made his Chicago theater debut in 2019 with Music Theater Works’ production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Additional Music Theater works credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Originally from Indiana, Trenton studied vocal performance, voice and opera at Indiana State University.
Baritone Christopher Richard is a veteran of Chicago musical theater and regional opera. Chris is originally from Indiana and holds degrees from Butler University and the University of Southern California. In Chicago he has performed with DuPage Opera Theatre, Bowen Park Opera, Music Theater Works and Drury Lane Oakbrook. On a broader scope, he has appeared with Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Aspen Music Festival Opera, Mexico National Chamber Orchestra and New World Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Chris is a music educator who has held positions at Roosevelt University, DePaul University Community Music Division and the Merit School of Music. Chris has been musical director for Music Theater Works Summer Workshop since 2007. He also teaches private voice lessons at Oak Park and River Forest High School and directs the Chicago Opera Theater for Teens, a program in partnership with After School Matters. He is the assistant music director at Irving Park Lutheran Church and director of their Contemporary Ensemble.
All four vocalists have performed with Music Theater Works. Fans of Broadway musicals won’t want to miss this performance!
The concert will be held at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave., at 2:00 p.m. A reception with the artists will follow the concert, hosted by the Fine Arts Committee. The final concert of the season will be held on April 26th with World Beat Percussion Trio performing an interactive demonstration. Concerts are free of charge, but donations are gladly welcomed.
The Irving Park Fine Arts Concert Series is in its 26th season of bringing high quality, professional musical and theatrical events to the Irving Park neighborhood. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is a program of Carlson Community Services, a non-profit serving the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. For more information, visit carlsoncommunityservices.org or contact Liz Mills at 773.398.6766.