Norman Rockwell and Alice Parker: Visions of America in Art and Song
Presented by the Crescendo Chorus
Great Barrington, MA — April 1, 2017
Kent, CT, USA — April 2, 2017
Renaissance Treasures Unearthed:
17th Century Italian Music from Lübeck
Crescendo Vocal Ensemble
Great Barrington, MA — May 19 & 21, 2017
O+A: Requiem fff
Requiem for Fossil Fuels, for four voices and sounds of the industrial worlds (digital sounds by O&A)
Thessaloniki, Greece — July 14, 2017
Moto Osada: Four Nights of Dream
Opera in four scenes, produced by Japan Society (NY) and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
New York, NY — September 13, 15, 16; 2017
Tokyo, Japan — October 1, 2; 2017
Photo: Toby Oft
Tenor Christopher Sokolowski is a native of New York’s Hudson Valley, and has performed a wide repertoire of both concert and operatic works, ranging from Purcell, to Poulenc, to P. Q. Phan.
The 2016-2017 season included the premieres of 3 new works: Andrew Seligson’s MEMORY with the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra (NYC), John Myers’ PAINTINGS IN SONG with the Crescendo ensemble of Great Barrington, and the workshop premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s ARTEMISIA for the Times Arrow Festival with Trinity Wall Street; Handel’s DETTINGEN TE DEUM with Concerts in the Village of Kinderhook; and the Father in Kurt Weill’s DIE SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN at the Tanglewood Music Center where he was a 2016 vocal fellow, collaborating and working with faculty such as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, and John Harbison.
A graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Christopher performed roles including Oronte in Handel's ALCINA as well as the title role in his ACIS AND GALATEA, and the premiere of P. Q. Phan's TALE OF LADY THI KINH. He was also the tenor soloist in Handel's ESTHER with the Pro Arte Singers conducted by Dr. William Jon Gray, Haydn's MISSA IN TEMPORE BELLI, and Britten's WAR REQUIEM with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Palmer, which was performed as part of a campus wide commemoration of the centennial of World War I. Passionate for new music, Christopher also took part in many premieres and concerts dedicated to new music while at IU, including another premiere by P. Q. Phan of A VIETNAMESE REQUIEM. During his studies at IU, Christopher was a frequent guest soloist throughout the Midwest, singing works such as Mendelssohn's ELIJAH with the Winona Oratorio Chorus, Handel's MESSIAH in completion with Generation Harmonique, and Mozart's REQUIEM with the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette.
Christopher has been a young artist with the Tanglewood Music Center (2016) where he studied and performed works of Bach, Britten, Debussy, and Weill with a renowned faculty; the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar (2013) where he performed the role of Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE; and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, where he has been involved each summer since its inception, singing a concert with composer Mitchell Bach in its first season (2011), and most recently singing the role of Henrik Egerman in Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC in a production directed by Marc Astaphan, conducted by Gerald Steichen, and featuring a cast headlined by Ron Raines, Susan Powell, and Rosalind Elias.
Born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley, Christopher has been a featured soloist with orchestras, ensembles, and choruses throughout the Tri-state area such as the Queer Urban Orchestra, operamission, Bach-Handel Festival Orchestra, Ars Choralis, Metamorphoses Orchestra, Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, Concerts in the Village, and Crescendo Ensemble, in works including Orff's CARMINA BURANA, Handel's ALEXANDER'S FEAST, Weber's JUBELMESSE, Vivaldi's DIXIT DOMINUS, the MAGNIFICATs of J.C. Bach, J.S. Bach, and Vivaldi, and as Antinous in the premiere of Clint Borzoni's ANTINOUS AND HADRIAN.
He was a prizewinner in the S. Livingston Mather and Orpheus Vocal competitions, as well as the American Prize opera division. Christopher earned his B.M. from SUNY Purchase, and his M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was an Associate Instructor of Voice, and has performed in masterclasses with artists such as Margo Garrett, Alan Smith, Matthew Polenzani, Ken Griffiths, Daniel Taylor, Josefien Stoppelenburg, and Emilio Pons.