To Hope! A Celebration
by Dave Brubeck

Spring 2020 Concert Soloists

Wendy Gerbier – Mezzo-Soprano
Marques Hollie – Tenor

Wendy Gerbier, Mezzo-Soprano

Wendy Gerbier, Mezzo-Soprano

Wendy Gerbier is a United States National Anthem Ambassador. Her mezzo-soprano voice, simply put, is sublime. The vibrant radiance of her three-octave range moves listeners deeply as they experience her full-bodied strength and warmth.

Even as a young child it was clear that Wendy had a natural gift for all things musical. So it is no surprise that this accomplished musician, composer and producer has established herself as a successful opera singer.

Wendy's solo debut was in Danbury, CT as a soloist in a concert honoring Marian Anderson. Her audiences regularly find themselves deeply moved by her rich and colorful tones and her exceptionally expressive stage presence. She is a soloist who is eagerly sought out throughout this country and abroad.

Wendy performed at President Obama's "Moving America Forward" rally in Connecticut. She also performed at Governor Malloy's inauguration. Wendy made her European debut performing a solo concert in London and her Parisian debut when she performed her solo concert in Paris, France.

Wendy's voice is a voice not to miss. Her name is one that you are sure to hear again and again as she soars throughout the world of classical music one note at a time.

Wendy previously appeared with the Connecticut Master Chorale in Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, John Rutter's Feel the Spirit, and Martin Palmeri's Misa a Buenos Aires. Wendy is excited to return to the Connecticut Master Chorale a fourth time.

For more information, please visit Wendy's website at www.wendygerbier.vpweb.com.

Marques Hollie, Tenor

Marques Hollie, Tenor

Marques Hollie, hailed as a “triumphant tenor” by Broadway World, is a New York City-based ‘jewsician’ and theater artist.

Since making his professional debut in Verdi‚Äôs Aida, Marques has sung more than 30 roles in the operatic canon, spanning a broad range of comedic and dramatic roles from classic and contemporary operas. The 2019-2020 season began with the world premiere of Whitney George and Bea Goodwin's Princess Maleine. His performance as the Doctor was lauded by Concerto Net as “trenchant”. Other engagements this season include the world premiere of Felix Jarrar's Mother Goose, in which Marques portrays the role of the evil witch Gnat, artist residencies in Toronto, a return to the New York Fashion Week runway stage as a singer for Pyer Moss, and Maya Ciarrocchi and Andrew Conklin's multimedia project Site: Yizkor at the Block Gallery in Tribeca.

Performance highlights from previous seasons include: creating the roles of Marcel Duchamp in Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin's Tabula Rasa and Scott in Rory Michelle Sullivan's Rising in Love; workshop performances of Alex Weiser's State of the Jews and Jarrar's Ulster County Songbook; tenor soloist engagements in Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, and Haydn's Missa Salve Regina.

Additionally, Marques has a vested interest in Jewish intersectionality and is writing a one man show, Go Down, Moshe, a performative retelling of the exodus from Egypt told through the musical tradition of Negro spirituals, civil rights-era music, and the narratives of formerly enslaved people. He began developing the work as a member of the Union for Reform Judaism's JewV'Nation Fellowship, and premiered an excerpt of the work in April 2019 at the 14th Street Y as a member of the LABA fellowship.

He premiered an excerpt of the work in April 2019 at the 14th Street Y as a member of the LABA fellowship. For more information about Marques' projects and performance schedule, please visit his website at www.marqueshollie.com.