David Parks (tenor)
Blaise Bryski (piano)
3:00pm Sunday March 2, 2014
Grace and Holy Spirit Church
13 Court Street
The Arts at Grace series invites you to its third concert of the season on Sunday, March 2 at 3 PM at Grace and Holy Spirit Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland. Nationally and internationally recognized musicians tenor David Parks and pianist Blaise Bryski will perform a widely varied program of works by Beethoven, Fauré, Richard Hundley, Roger Quilter, Bart Howard, Billy Joel and Jimmy Van Heusen. Following the concert, audience members and the artists will converse at an informal reception. There is no charge for admission.
An educator and active performer, Parks has sung major oratorio roles in the United States, Eastern Europe, with the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and at the National Art Festival in South Africa. In 1989 he made his Carnegie hall debut as tenor soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah. He returned there in 1995 as tenor soloist in a program of Schubert and Mozart masses. On the operatic stage Parks has sung roles with Syracuse Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Virginia Opera, Piedmont Opera, Arizona Opera, Ithaca Opera, Oswego Opera Theater, and Opera Delaware. In both 1990 and 1992 he was awarded fellowships with the Bach Aria Group. During summer festivals, Parks has been a guest artist at the Mauerbach Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the Anchorage Music Festival (AK) and the Skaneateles Festival (NY), and the Ash Lawn Festival (VA). Parks is a member of the Voice Faculty at the Ithaca College School of Music.
Blaise Bryski's credits as coach/accompanist include Cornell University, UCLA, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, USC, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was staff accompanist for the UCLA Department of Music for ten years and was a professional pianist in Los Angeles in many styles including rock and jazz. Some of his performance credits include the New York Concert Singers, the Aledeburgh Connection/CBC Radio, the Nakamichi Baroque Festival, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. In addition, Mr. Bryski holds a doctorate in eighteenth-century performance practice from Cornell University.
The Arts at Grace is a community outreach of Grace Episcopal-Holy Spirit Lutheran Church supported by many individuals, businesses, and foundations from the greater Cortland community. It receives additional funding through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grants. To make fine music accessible for all, there is no admission charge, but donations are accepted gratefully. For more information, call (607) 753-3073 during business hours.