Bridge to Broadway will take audiences on a journey all the way from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Lin-Manuel Miranda! Beginning with the elegant forms of the Classical period, on through to the imaginative Art Song, the drama and emotion of the Romantic period, the excitement and optimism of Tin Pan Alley, all the way to the Broadway musicals we know and love today, families will experience the evolution of musical story-telling with colorful characters and interactive musical games. Host Katie Kresek will be joined by soprano Natalie Bergeron, baritone Steven Herring and pianist Beata Moon to explore the music of Schubert, Verdi, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, and more!
Natalie Bergeron, soprano
Steven Herring, baritone
Beata Moon, piano
Katie Kresek, host
Natalie Bergeron, soprano
American Soprano Natalie Bergeron recently achieved an enormous success in her role debut as Elsa in Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Teatro Municipal Sao Paulo. Concerto magazine noted of her performance, “Natalie wowed us immediately … Hers is a splendid voice, young, loving, with a warm timbre but with a silvery shimmer at the same time, and also musical with perfect emission, but what’s more than this, she IS Elsa, portraying her love, fear and contradictions.”
Previously she was seen as Maddalena opposite Marcello Giordani as Andrea Chenier, and Alberto Gazale as Gerard with the Orchestra La Verdi Milano under the baton of maestro Jader Bignamini who subsequently brought her back to sing with Orchestra La Verdi in an extraordinary concert of Italian opera later that year. Natalie created the role of Blanche Germont in the Premiere of Dodici Personaggi in Cerca di Voce by the renowned Maestro; Bruno Rigacci in Chiari, Italy. She has performed Ines while covering Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Opera Memphis, and has performed a variety of roles including numerous productions as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring, Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Sylvianne in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, and with Opera Birmingham the role of Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Natalie is a two-time recent grant recipient from the Wagner Society of New York and a winner in the Liederkranz Wagner Division, which included her debut at Carnegie Hall. She was accepted into the Evelyn Lear/Thomas Stewart Emerging Wagnerian Artists Program in Washington D.C. She has performed as a Featured solo artist in concert with such organizations as the Alabama Symphony with the Birmingham Concert Chorale, The Huxford Symphony, The Tuscaloosa Symphony, The Beethoven Club of Memphis, Orchestra di Teatro Bellini in Catania Italy, and in Tel Aviv with the Israel Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Metropolitan Opera Maestro Paul Nadler.
Natalie debuted the role of Elisabetta in Don Carlos with New York Vocal Productions accompanied by the United Nations Orchestra in May of 2016. In 2016-17 she sings in concert with the Alabama Symphony.
Baritone, Steven Herring, most recently covered the role of Don Carlo Di Vargas in New Amsterdam Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Among the operatic roles Mr. Herring has performed are Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. Additional performances include Agwe in Once on This Island, Wandering Son in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Obatala in God’s Trombones, as well as the baritone love interest in Alicia Hall Moran’s The Motown Project.
Mr. Herring had the distinct pleasure of performing in Jason and Alicia Moran’s WORK SONGS, for the 56th Biennale di Venezia.
As a featured soloist, Mr. Herring’s concert repertoire includes performances of Beethoven Choral Fantasy with The Saint Louis Symphony, Fauré Requiem with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Peter in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Musica Angelica and The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Carmina Burana at The John F. Kennedy Center with The CUA Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with The CUA Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart Festival with The Juilliard Symphony.
In addition to a busy performance schedule, Mr. Herring is the Director of School and Community Engagement for Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of New York-based teaching artists which brings high-quality music education to over 50,000 public school students in Upstate New York.
Mr. Herring is a recent recipient of an Olga Forrai Foundation Grant.
A versatile musician acclaimed for her expressivity and sincerity, Beata Moon continues to reach audiences through her many-faceted roles as composer, pianist, educator, and impresario. An American of Korean descent, Moon was born in North Dakota and raised in Indiana, where she began studying piano at age 5. She made her orchestral debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at age eight, and concertized throughout the Midwest, giving recitals and appearing with various orchestras in the region. Moon graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Adele Marcus.
After completing a semester of the Masters Degree Program at Juilliard, she took a break from playing to reflect on what music meant to her personally. It was at this time that she discovered composing and teaching, which eventually resulted in her return to performing. She is an ardent ambassador for new music and has enjoyed working as a music television host (WNYE; NY, NY) as well as an impresario to reach out to broader audiences.
Moon’s music has been described as an “irrepressible outpouring” and “music of irreducible images.” Her first CD, Perigee & Apogee (2001), of original piano and chamber works on the Albany Records label was well-received by press and public alike and continues to be broadcast on radio stations across the nation. Moon’s works were featured in Instrumental Women, a nationwide radio program from Minnesota Public Radio. Her Earthshine CD (2004), this time released on her own label, Bibimbop Records, features works commissioned by artists such as marimbist Makoto Nakura, guitarist Kevin Gallagher, and saxophonist Brian Sacawa. The disc also includes the highly acclaimed Corigliano String Quartet, baritone Nmon Ford, soprano Julianne Borg, and members of the Beata Moon Ensemble, an all-female chamber ensemble created to promote women composers, conductors, and performers.
Moon’s third CD, released in June 2007 on the Naxos label, features her at the piano performing her solo piano works. Gramophone magazine reviewer Andrew Druckenbrod writes, “Moon writes compelling music that is utterly sincere … this disc is exhibit A in the continuing court-of-public-opinion case on the accessibility of quality new music.” Her latest CD, Saros, became available in June, 2012.
An interest in aesthetic education led Moon to become a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, where she has conducted workshops for students and teachers as well as for administrators from across the nation. For Carnegie Hall, she serves as a music facilitator for Arts Achieve and was a teaching artist for The Academy — a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. Moon also has collaborated with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in their “Composition in the Classroom” program.
Through her various roles as an educator, performer and composer, Moon fulfills her wish to work musically with people of all ages and backgrounds. She believes that creating and making music (not just listening to music) can be an invigorating way to process life’s varied experiences. Moon hopes to reach and engage all people through her music and work.
With an established reputation for artistic and educational excellence, Katie Kresek has received accolades around the world for her ability to engage her audience. Ms. Kresek has been curated Family Programs at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts since 2009, where she curates and hosts the Dancing at Dusk series in addition to creating family programs for the Summer Season.
As a violinist, Ms. Kresek has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, the National Arts Club, Merkin Hall and the New York Public Library. She appeared as a soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic in 2006, and her playing has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and WNYC’s program Sound Check. She attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and was a founding member of the Arabella Piano Trio, with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Kresek frequently performs with the Harrisburg, Albany, and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, among others. She also performs in the Broadway productions of The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, and performed past productions of American Idiot, A Minister’s Wife, and Follies. In addition to her love of classical music, Ms. Kresek is a member of Hector del Curto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra and a frequent guest with the post-modern string quartet ETHEL. She collaborates frequently with singer/songwriter Colin McGrath, and was formerly lead violinist of the jazz-rock fusion group Sketchy Black Dog. She has collaborated with Adele, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Shakira, KD Lang, Enya, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Lana Del Rey, and others, and has performed on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Saturday Night Live, The Early Show, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, and the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards.
Born in Cooperstown, New York, she was raised in Ossining and obtained her undergraduate degrees summa cum laude in music and literature. Ms. Kresek has studied violin with Daniel Phillips, Laurie Smukler, Lucie Robert, Elmar Oliviera, Felix Galimir and Donald Weilerstein, and holds a masters degree from The Mannes College of Music and a masters degree in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ms. Kresek serves on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic. Since joining the faculty in 2006, she has sustained ongoing residencies in the New York City Public Schools, written and performed interactive concerts, and represented the faculty abroad in tours to Japan and the United Arab Emirates. She is also a teaching artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education, where she has designed aesthetic education curricula for students ranging from the pre-school to post-graduate level.