The annual “Christmas at Wooddale” concerts at Wooddale Church this year will include the first performance of the NorrSound Tenors, a trio of tenor power. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the other tenors in the group.
I met Aleks Knezevich the day that I auditioned for H.M.S. Pinafore at Guthrie Theater. I had seen him around but had never met him. Once we both began working on the show, we connected quickly. I was amazed at his hard work as a “swing” where he was trying to learn every male ensemble part to substitute for them in the event that someone was unable to perform. I did not envy his job, but admired his tenacity.
His hard work paid off when he was given the lead male role of Ralph Rackstraw when that cast member decided he didn’t want to perform at the Guthrie anymore. Besides being a hard worker and amazing performer, Aleks is terrifyingly smart. He has completed one year of med school, but took off this year to perform the lead in a national tour of Jekyl and Hyde. Though we’ve needed to use some creative rehearsal strategies, considering his tour, I’m thrilled to have him on board.
David Walton is the high tenor that Cantus had been looking for when they filled the spot that I left when I started at the Guthrie. For the three years that he sang with Cantus, audiences greatly appreciated the soaring and effortless ring on the tops of the chords that Mr. Walton added to the group. It was fun to finally perform in a production together this past September in the world premier of Jocelyn Hagen and Penny Freeh’s Test Pilot. He is currently pursuing an opera career and performing next summer with Opera Theatre St. Louis. Local audiences recently saw him as Postiglione in Minnesota Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West.
David won the Twin Cities district in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions this past weekend, and will sing in the Regional Finals on Jan. 31st. Also, David’s been asked to be a Resident Artist next year with the Minnesota Opera!
I have created three arrangements for the trio this year and I’m excited to share them with you. There is an acapella medley of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and “What Child is This,” as well as “Gesu Bambino” with piano. The final selection is “O Holy Night” with orchestra. Please come out to one of these performances. We’d love to see you there!
Friday, Dec. 12th, 8:00 PM
Sunday, Dec. 14th, 2:00 PM