JJC’s Musica Viva Presents Soprano Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer in Concert Nov. 6

Joliet Junior College’s Musica Viva Concert Series presents soprano Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer, on Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer

Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer

Halgrimson-Walzer will be assisted by JJC professors of music Philip Spencer, piano, and Rich Moore, clarinet.  The program will include vocal works by Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg, Lorenzo Palomo, Gian Carlo Menotti, and George Gershwin.

Following the concert, Ms. Halgrimson-Walzer will offer a vocal master class at 4:45 p.m. in the Theatre. Voice students wishing to sing for her should call (815)-280-2225 by November 3.

Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer graduated from Naperville Central High School and then received her AA at College of DuPage, followed by a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University.  Entering vocal competitions all over the world, she first won the prestigious Eleanor Steber Award. After going on to win the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York, Halgrimson-Walzer began performing her signature role, The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote at the Houston Grand Opera.  She made her European debut in Amsterdam, subsequently performing in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy, and recording in London.

 She is very well known for her interpretation of the Beethoven 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis, performing around the world as soloist under the distinguished conductors Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Simon Rattle. Halgrimson-Walzer was the reigning Queen of the Night when she decided to take a “fest” position at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Germany for eleven years.  She now resides in Berlin and Naperville, and sings selected recitals and concerts. Halgrimson-Walzer was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from both Naperville Central High School and Northern Illinois University.

The Joliet Junior College Musica Viva Concert series has provided excellent musical offerings to the college and community for many years, always free-of-charge. Typically held at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons during the fall and spring semesters at JJC’s Main Campus, the series has featured outstanding national and international guest artists, JJC faculty and JJC alumni. For the 2016-2017 season, Musica Viva offers seven exciting concerts. The Musica Viva Concert series is generously supported by the JJC Foundation and members of the JJC community.

Call (815) 280-2223 for more information about Musica Viva events at JJC.

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