Songs from the Civil War Performed by Baritone José Andrade
Noted baritone José Andrade will perform songs from the Civil War, from both the Union and the Confederacy, as well as famous works by songwriters Stephen Foster and George Root. Pianist Gerald A. Brown, Director of Music for the Community Church of New York, will accompany him. This special event is free and open to the public.
Recent performances by Andrade include the title role in Falstaff with Poor Richard's Opera, the title role of Macbeth with Center Stage Opera, Pizarro in Fidelio with the Hawthorne Symphony, Iago in Otello with Fort Lee Opera, and Holländer in Der Fliegende Holländer with Wagner Theater Program (NYC). Other career highlights include Nosferatu in Nosferatu with Rimrock Opera, Donner and Wotan in Das Rheingold and The Wanderer in Siegfried with the Wagner Theater Program as well as Jokanahan with New York Opera Project.
Concert highlights include Salome in his Carnegie Hall debut as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem, a Wagner Concert with the Metro Chamber Orchestra. He was also a finalist in the Altamura-Caruso Vocal Competition. An avid recitalist, Andrade performs extensively throughout the Northeast. He is brother of Eduardo Andrade, President of the Library's Board of Trustees.
In addition to his role as Director of Music for the Community Church of New York, a position he has held since 1990, Gerald Brown was Music Director for the Elementary Education Programs at the New York City Opera for thirty-six years. He also served as Organist and Choir Director for the Metropolitan Synagogue in New York City for twenty-five years. He was assistant conductor at the Central City Colorado Opera Festival for five seasons. With the New York Philharmonic he served as a rehearsal pianist under Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Erich Leinsdorf and Zubin Mehta. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Marilyn Mason. Upon graduating from the teacher training program at the Mathews School of the Alexander Technique he was certified as a teacher by the American Society of the Alexander Technique.