Dramatic holiday music comes to Forest Hills
by Kathleen Lees
Nov 28, 2012 | 2189 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Barbara Podgurski will be one of the performers in the upcoming concert.
Barbara Podgurski will be one of the performers in the upcoming concert.
Musica Reginae Productions, a music organization in Forest Hills, is busy spreading the word about its upcoming concert, Dramatic Songs of the Seasons.

According to Barbara Podgurski, artistic and executive director for the organization, this is the second of five concerts the group is holding throughout the year. Podgurski will be one of the pianists performing with Metropolitan Opera soprano Melissa Citro this Sunday.

Several songs geared toward the holiday season will be featured at Sunday’s performance with pieces by Richard Strauss, including Allerseelen and Zweignung, and the performance will also recognize groups in Forest Hills that are celebrating their centennial, including the Forest Hills Women’s Club and the Church-in-the-Gardens.

“We’re really excited about it,” Podgurski said.

Podgurski has an extensive list of performances throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe as both a soloist and collaborative pianist. In addition to her work at Musica Reginae, Podgurski serves as artistic director of Nantucket Island Arts and Music, and is a member of the Barbad Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble based in Astoria.

Podgurski is currently finishing her dissertation, titled Polymetric Layering and Tonal Langue in the Piano Etudes of Gyorgy Ligeti, and recently performed at the world premiere of Da Camera: A Mosaic, composed by George Walker, with the Queens Symphony orchestra.

Citro, a native of Illinois, made her debut with the San Francisco Opera as Freia in Das Reheingold, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, and Emilia in The Makropulous Case. During the 2011-2012 season, Citro joined the cast of The Makropoulos Case at the Metropolitan Opera.

Her future engagements include her first Senta in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Der Fliegende Hollander, followed by San Francisco Opera’s production of Wagner’s masterpiece, and her Washington Opera debut as Gutrune in their new Ring Circle.

Citro was one of the Grand Finals Winner of the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, with awards including the George London Award, the Richman Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the first place winner of the Mario Lanza Competition.

She was also a scholarship winner at the Westminster Choir College and the Juilliard School, and has been featured on A&E Television’s Breakfast with the Arts for her performances.

The concert will be held at The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow where guests will have the opportunity to meet with artists.

For tickets, visit www.musicareginae.org.

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