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Baldwin Auditorium reopens after a two-year, $15 million renovation with a gala concert featuring a chamber orchestra of faculty and students from the Duke University Department of Music, including the Ciompi Quartet, John Brown, Randall Love, Rebecca Troxler, and others. The all-American program features Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Samuel Barber's "Knoxville, Summer of 1915" with Duke alumnus Jason McStoots, tenor.
Since graduating from Duke, Jason McStoots (Trinity '97) has performed around the world with such groups as Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Boston Camerata, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New Haven Symphony, Tragicomedia, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Described by critics as “a gifted young tenor with wonderful comedic talents” and as having an “alluring tenor voice” and “bright, clear and fully-fledged tenor sonority,” he has appeared as Tabarco in Handel’s Orfeo with the Boston Early Music Festival, Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart with the Connecticut Early Music Festival, soloist for Montiverdi's Vespers of 1610 with the Green Mountain Project, soloist for Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Emmanuel Music and with the Cape Cod Symphony for Handel's Messiah.
McStoots, who studied with Wayne Lail as a student at Duke, teaches voice and directs the opera workshop project at Brandeis University.
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