April 12, 2019 | 7:30 pm
April 14, 2019 | 2 pm
Not to be missed, this production is a concert in collaboration with the Jazz Arts Group, combining the incredible sounds of these two art forms. Opera Columbus hired an arranger to create one-of-a-kind music in a ground-breaking interpretation of your favorite jazz standards.
MEET THE CAST:
Internationally renowned jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops and has appeared with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart and John Williams. Other orchestral appearances include the Hollywood Bowl, the Cincinnati Pops, the National Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and many others. Stripling is a frequent guest artist at jazz festivals throughout the world, and has played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton, in addition to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the GRP All Star Big Band. Millions have heard his trumpet and voice on television commercials, TV theme songs including “20/20” and CNN, and on numerous film soundtracks. Bryon Stripling is the Artistic Director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
Adelaide Boedecker Griffin
At age nine, Adelaide Boedecker received early training with the Children’s Chorus of Sarasota Opera and continues her well established artistic merit this season as soloist with Choral Artists Sarasota in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, as Micaëla in The Tragedy of Carmen with Opera Birmingham; Clorinda in La Cenerentola with Las Vegas Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Music Academy of the West with James Conlon conducting and a tour with The Santa Fe Opera in John Kennedy’s opera Trinity. This past summer she returned for a second season with The Santa Fe Opera as Ida in Die Fledermaus and premiered the role of Sarah in Avastar on tour with the company. Notable roles in her repertoire include Yum-yum in The Mikado, Alice B. Toklas in 27, Beth in Little Women, Stella in Streetcar Named Desire, Despina in Così fan tutte and Marie in La fille du regiment. Ms. Boedecker has been a member of the Crested Butte Music Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera, Syracuse Opera and El Paso Opera where she has sung leading roles in works by Rossini, Adamo, Mozart, Donizetti, Weill, Verdi, Smetana and Bizet. Additionally, she has been guest soloist with the Great Music Series of Sarasota, Syracuse Symphonia, Bach Festival of Central Florida and Sarasota Bach Festival. Ms. Boedecker holds degrees of B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Florida and M.M. in Performance and Literature with Arts Leadership Certification from The Eastman School of Music.
Jaron’s unique voice has influenced his artistry as well as his teaching. As a voice pedagogue specializing in contemporary music styles, his research has been presented at The Voice Forum at The Ohio State University and at The Voice Foundation. By means of his one-of-a-kind voice and background, Jaron has been able to perform on the classical stage, the church house, and many other venues as a soloist and chorus member. Currently, he is an alto in Ricky Dillard & New Generation Chorale, a Grammy nominated gospel choir based out of Chicago. He has also sung on operatic stages and performed main stage roles like “Mingo” and “Crab Man” in Porgy & Bess. In addition to his operatic experiences, he has performed in many recitals, concerts, and oratorios including Magnificat in D major by J. S. Bach and Mozart’s Requiem.
He is the Founder and Lead Teacher of the Jaron M. LeGrair Studio, a private studio specializing in voice training for speakers and singers. In addition to his private studio, Jaron serves on the voice faculty as an Assistant Professor of Theater at Point Park University and an Adjunct Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Akron and a Master of Arts in Voice Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. He has also completed courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
DeMeeshia W. Marshall is from Columbus Ohio. She has been singing and performing since age 5. DeMeeshia graduated with a BM in Vocal Music performance at The Ohio State University. There she studied classical, opera music. DeMeeshia has traveled with Opera Columbus education outreach program where she played the lead role of Cinderella. DeMeeshia is also skilled in other genres such as jazz, gospel, musical theatre etc. DeMeeshia has performed live on TV stations such as The Word Network multiple times. In 2016 she was crowned the Voice of Columbus and aired on NBC 4 news. DeMeeshia plans to one day open her own performing arts center for all ages and spread the love and passion of music.
Calvin Griffin joined the Florida Grand Opera studio in the 2016-2017 season making his debut with the company stepping in to sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. In addition, he sang Zaretsky and covered Gremin in Eugene Onegin, sang Victor in Before Night Falls, and Samuel in Un ballo in maschera. As a member of the Arizona Opera Studio he performed the roles of the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, Zuniga in Carmen, Pistola in Falstaff, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Hortensius in La fille du régiment, Colline in La bohème, and Dr. Grenville in La traviata. In 2016, he made his Opera Columbus debut as Colline in La bohème. With the Glimmerglass Festival he has appeared as Elviro in Xerxes, the Undertaker in Porgy and Bess, Fabrizio in La gazza ladra, and covered the title role in Sweeney Todd. As an Apprentice Artist to Santa Fe Opera his assignments included Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Hortensius in La fille du régiment. The 2017 -2018 season brought exciting debuts with Atlanta Opera as Mother in The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera Birmingham singing Escamillo in Carmen, Opera on the James as Leporello in Don Govanni, Opera Orlando singing Alidoro in La cenerentola, and his return to Arizona Opera to sing Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Recent concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony and Bach’s Mass in B minor with Gloria Musicae in Sarasota, Florida.