Join us! For the New Mexico Premier of Magnificat featuring Leslie Umphrey
The Zia Singers women’s chorus directed by Aaron Howe will sing the New Mexico premiere of world-renowned Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen’s moving and ethereal Magnificat, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe. The seven-movement work will be accompanied by a small orchestra, along with soprano Leslie Umphrey.
Leslie Umphrey-Soprano, Professor Emeritus from the University of New Mexico, is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the Eastman School of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature. Additional studies include a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival, The Richard Miller Institute, Opera Works teacher training and Yale University’s directing program. She has sung many and varied roles in both musical theater and opera. Some of these include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème and Madama Butterfly in Madama Butterfly. She continues her recital and oratorio work with orchestras throughout the United States.
"Not since Santa Fe Opera’s brilliant mezzo Sheri Greenawald filled Roshong Recital Hall with her big, beautiful voice a few years ago has a singer dazzled an audience with such a huge, shimmering instrument.…Umphrey gave every music student in the audience a model for articulation – the softest and clearest German consonants and the loveliest French nasal resonance you’ve ever heard.” - The Durango Herald, Colorado