‘Classics and candlelight'

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:12

    GOSHEN - Three renown opera singers will perform a program of operatic and sacred classics at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen at 3 p.m. on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9. "Classics and Candlelight" is a benefit concert featuring tenor Stuart Neill, baritone Mark Gargiulo, and soprano Kristin Biller. "This concert is a rare opportunity not to be missed," said Robert Clooney, director of the Ministry of Music at the church. "It promises to be a culturally enriching and enjoyable afternoon with singing of the highest caliber. Both Neill and Goshen native Gargiulo are graduates of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and winners of the Luciano Pavarotti international voice competition. They have built distinguished international careers in the opera, musical theater, and sacred music genres. The world is Mr. Neill's stage, having performed at The Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Scala, La Fenice, and with the Israel Philharmonic and Dresden's Staatskapelle. In addition, he has recorded numerous CDs of both classical and sacred music. Friend and neighbor Mark Gargiulo, is always a favorite and can once again be heard in our area. He has sung with Teatro Lirico D'Europa, made his debut at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared with national opera companies in Philadelphia, Dallas, New Jersey, and Virginia as well as with the Tri-State Regional Opera. Kristin Biller is a member of the Philadelphia Opera Company and sings regularly in its productions. Following the afternoon concert of operatic and sacred classics will be the reception "Tea, Talk and Truffles," where guests can meet the artists in person. Childcare will be provided. The church is located at 33 Park Place in Goshen. For more information or to buy tickets in advance, call the church office at 294-7991.