A Caribbean Mass
by Glenn McClure

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Songs from my Heart

A Collection of Spirituals

by André Thomas

Spring 2007 Concert Soloists

Lainie Diamond - Mezzo Soprano
Richard Slade - Tenor

Lainie Diamond, Mezzo-Soprano

Lainie Diamond - Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Lainie Diamond’s vibrant tone and expressive stage presence brings to life a wide variety of orchestral, oratorio, opera, contemporary music and music theatre repertoire. After graduating from Loyola University New Orleans, Ms. Diamond made her Lincoln Center debut as Bellangère in Ariane et Barbe-bleue with The American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein. In December 2005, Ms. Diamond was honored to sing as Mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the first classical music performance in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

Ms. Diamond's recent performances include Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore with the Choral Society of Pensacola; John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Connecticut Master Chorale; Elijah with Oratorio Society of Queens; Bach Magnificat with the Middletown City Chorale; and appearances with the New York Cantata Singers and at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Her voice is featured singing Gounod's O ma lyre immortelle in the upcoming film "The Legend of Johnson Roebling." In a review of her performance of John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Connecticut Master Chorale, the Danbury News-Times praised Ms. Diamond for the “warm and poignant quality of the singing of these emotional words.” Her voice was prominently featured in composer Chris Becker’s score for choreographer Rachel Cohen’s dance theater work If the Shoe Fits, which was also included in John Rockwell’s ‘NY Times list of the top 10 dance performances of '05’.

Ms. Diamond’s operatic roles include Katchen in Werther with the New Orleans Opera, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with The MetroPelican Opera of The New Orleans Opera. Praising her performance as Hansel, The Gretna Picayune wrote “the performance…had the audience enthralled”. Music theatre roles include Flora in the world premiere of Pretty Baby under the director/designer John Pascoe. Off-Broadway, she sang the role of Shifrah in Moses, My Love. Her leading music theatre roles include Julie in Show Boat; Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera, and The Witch in Into The Woods for which she garnered a New Orleans ‘Theatre Star’ award and a Storer Boone Theatre Award best-supporting actress nomination. Her CD “Hail, Divine!”- a program of sacred arias recorded on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, is available on CDbaby.com at www.cdbaby.com/cd/lainied.

Richard Slade, Tenor

Richard Slade - Tenor

Richard Slade, tenor,conductor, and teacher, is a versatile artist, equally at home on concert and operatic stages. As a member of The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent a cappella vocal ensemble, he tours extensively and is featured on their new Public Radio special and CD, "Holiday Light." His conducting career is flourishing, with his new appointment as Music Director of The Sound Shore Chorale in New Rochelle joining his existing positions directing the choirs of the First Unitarian Society in Hastings and Sutton Place Synagogue in New York City.

He has sung Tamino in The Magic Flute across New York state, from the Smith Opera House in Geneva to a tour with the Long Island Philharmonic. He has been a regularly featured singer at the Caramoor Festival, with appearances in La gazza ladra, Lucrezia Borgia, and Il pirata. He participated in the Samuel Barber festival at the Kaye Playhouse and was featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on WQXR. He has performed in rare revivals of important works such as Donizetti's Gianni di Parigi and Martin y Soler's Una cosa rara at the Vineyard Opera, and in Opera Manhattan's productions of Fauré's Pénélope, Hahn's Le Marchand de Venise, and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the 150th anniversary performance of The Bohemian Girl at the Kaye Playhouse, he sang the role of Thaddeus. He made his Town Hall debut in Paisiello's La molinara, and his Bronx Opera debut as Eisenstein in Fledermaus.

In the world of operetta he has performed in Iolanthe, Princess Ida, and Utopia, Limited with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and a duet cabaret show, Oh Love, True Love! or The Lass That Lov'd a Tenor, with his wife, soprano Cynthia Reynolds. His concert appearances include the title role in Händel's Judas Maccabeus, and the tenor solos in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Dvorak's Stabat Mater, as well as Händel's Messiah and many of Bach's cantatas. For the 2003-04 season he was artist-in-residence with the Long Island Choral Society, singing as soloist on all of their concerts. Mr. Slade is very much at home on the recital platform — not only does he sing a wide range of classical art songs, but he specializes in the parlor repertory of the Victorian era. In June of 2000 he saved the show at the Caramoor festival by learning and performing Schumann's Spanisches Liebeslieder on three hours' notice, substituting for an indisposed colleague. He maintains a private voice studio, teaches at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, and specializes in imparting the almost forgotten arts of florid singing.

Mr. Slade received his BA from Yale University and his MM from New England Conservatory. He was an apprentice with the Des Moines, Sarasota and Maine Opera companies. He has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the New York Ensemble for Early Music, the New York City Opera, and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

More information is available at www.richardthetenor.com