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CenterStage presents holiday pops with Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 11

Posted 11/21/16

Soprano Jane ShivickRing in the season with holiday musical favorites performed by the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra when Fitchburg State University CenterStage presents a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St.

Whether it’s Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker or Jingle Bell Rock, this concert sings “The season has arrived.” The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will be joined by soprano Jane Shivick and tenor Richard Monroe for a festive performance filled with holiday favorites and the traditional pops sing-a-long.

Shivick has been praised by The New York Times for her “character and vocal richness,” while The Boston Globe said “Shivick has a voice evenly glamorous throughout its compass and an engaging stage presence.” She debuted and performed the role of La Donna in Opera Providence’s world premiere of Enrico Garzilli’s Michelangelo to critical acclaim at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island, where “she sang perhaps the finest song in the show, the touching “Deep in Your Heart” (The Providence Journal).

An accomplished singer, Shivick is equally at home in opera, oratorio, concert, and recital.  The Boston Herald states, “Shivick’s slightly exotic-toned soprano sounded lovely in an aria from Massenet’s Hérodiade.  But she particularly impressed with her remarkably subtle delivery of the famous “Un bel di” from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Monroe has performed as a tenor soloist with numerous organizations throughout New England, including the Arcadia Players, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, the Master Singers of Worcester and the Salisbury Singers. Recent operatic performances include the role of Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen with Greater Worcester Opera, and solo performances with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra.

No stranger to musical theatre, Monroe has served as musical director for Booth Productions, Wachusett Theatre Company and Worcester County Light Opera. He is currently the director of music at Our Lady of the Angels Church and the chair of the Fine Arts Department of Saint John’s High School where he teaches music and religious studies.

Tickets for the Holiday Pops concert are $28 for adults, $25 for Fitchburg State alumni, seniors and staff; and $5 for students. Seating is reserved. The Weston Box Office is open 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and can be reached at 978-665-3347. Tickets can also be ordered online by visiting fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage.

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