Spring Concert Series - May 16, 17 & 18, 2014


Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Grants Pass

Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Oregon University
Music Recital Hall, Ashland

Sunday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
Craterian Theater at the Collier Center, Medford

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Youth Symphony

Gioachino Rossini, Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder)
Georges Bizet, Excerpts from Carmen Suites 1 & 2
Gaetano Donizetti, Chacun le sait (from The Daughter of the Regiment)
Gioachino Rossini, Largo al factotum (from The Barber of Seville)
Gaetano Donizetti, Pronta io Son (from Don Pasquale)

Guest Artists
Lindsay Ohse, soprano
Jose Rubio, baritone
In collaboration with Brava! Opera Theater

Youth Orchestra

Franz von Suppe (arr. Isaac), Poet & Peasant Overture
Camille Saint-Saens (arr. Isaac), Bacchanal from the opera Samson & Delilah
Gioachino Rossini (arr, Lehmeier), William Tell Overture

Youth Strings

Christoph Willibald Gluck/Felix Mottl (ed. Herfurth), Ballet Suite No. 1
Franz Schubert (arr. Herfurth), Andante from Symphony No. 1
Traditional, St. Anne's Reel

Lindsay Ohse
, soprano

Described as “sparkling” by Opera News, coloratura soprano Lindsay Ohse began the 2012 season singing the leading role of Marie Celeste in Portland Opera's west coast premiere of Galileo Galilei by Phillip Glass.  Following the performances, she traveled to northern Germany and was a featured soloist at the Eutin Festspiele in Eutin, Germany.  Lindsey made several "house debuts," including the role of Marie in Wichita Grand Opera's La Fille du Regiment and the role of Barbarina in Portland Opera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro.  Previous performances include the roles of Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Des Moines Metro Opera, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at both the Santa Fe Opera and Sarasota Opera, Viclinda in Verdi's rarely performed I Lombardi and Ann Putnam in The Crucible, also at Sarasota Opera.

She recently completed a residency with Portland Opera, where she performed the role of Armida in Rinaldo by G.F. HandelOther recent engagements include a "role debut" of Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In February 2014, she sang the leading role of the Governess in Brava! Opera Theater's production of Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.

Ms. Ohse was the winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions and she won second place in Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program 2012 Vocal Competition.

José Rubio
, baritone

Internationally-acclaimed baritone José Rubio has performed at major and regional venues throughout the United States. Equally comfortable in the concert hall and on the operatic stage, Mr. Rubio recently made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Opera Insider proclaimed "...[the] recital was nothing short of stellar." The performance was described as "...an hour of intensely passionate singing and playing.  It could have gone on forever without complaint." 

Mr. Rubio has sung the role of Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte with Tacoma Opera, as well as the roles of Bob and Ben in The Old Maid and the Thief and The Telephone with Brava! Opera Theater. Other roles include Le Mari in Vespertine Opera's United States' premiere of Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Les Mamelles de Tiresias by Francis Poulenc. Mr. Rubio returned to Portland Opera for the west coast premiere of the opera Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass. His New York City operatic debut in Encompass Opera’s world premiere production of Angel of the Amazon by Evan Mack garnered acclaim. 

In the summer 2011, he performed the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Music Academy of the West.  The Los Angeles Times heralded him as a “…Figaro with an impressively booming baritone.”  While in Santa Barbara, he was selected by legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne to perform for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an event at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.  During the same summer, Mr. Rubio was selected as runner up in the prestigious Marilyn Horne Song Competition.
He completed a two-year engagement as a Studio Artist with Portland Opera in 2010 where he performed and covered more than twelve roles for the main stage. He also performed two recitals as part of Portland Opera's recital series.  His main stage performances with Portland Opera included the roles of Schaunard in La Bohème, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti,Mercurio in La Calisto, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marullo in Rigoletto, Barone Douphol in La Traviata and Tancredi in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Other leading roles have included Marcello in La Bohème, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro,Dr. Rappaccini in La Hija de Rappaccini, Papageno in The Magic Flute and Masetto in Don Giovanni.   

Upcoming engagements include his return to Cincinnati Opera where he will reprise multiple roles in Galileo Galilei by Phillip Glass. He will also be heard in the role of Figaro in Tacoma Opera's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

He received his Artist Diploma and Master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and he holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington.  José Rubio is a three-time alumnus of the prestigious Music Academy of the West summer festival where he worked with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones and music staff from San Francisco Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.  He has also spent three summers in Italy performing and studying languages at the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca.  In 2008, Mr. Rubio won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions.