Don’t miss The Florida Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Pasquale Valerio!
Tickets are still available!
You’ll hear hits you love such as You Raise Me Up, New York, New York, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, The Prayer, and Amazing Grace!
Florida Philharmonic Orchestra: Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Maestro Valerio was born in Naples, Italy and began studying music at the age of 9. He went on to study at the Piccini Conservatory of Music and later played trumpet and studied conducting at the Naples Opera House. In 1996, he relocated to the United States and in 2004 founded The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, which now performs as the Florida Philharmonic! He has also been a guest conductor at the Orchestra Filarmonica 900, Teatro Regio and the Viotti International Music Festival.
Vocalists to Appear:
Mark Antonio de Villiers is a full lyric tenor who specializes in classical Italian repertoire and who currently performs a concert repertoire abroad. Mark Antonio has also performed in numerous concerts throughout South Florida. This young lyric tenor possesses the style and vocal power to be the next leading tenor in the world’s greatest opera houses. His voice is a beautiful, warm and ringing Italianate tenor sound, perfect for the Italian Belcanto repertoire and early Verdi and Puccini works.
Soprano, Anna Eschbach, is an active performer and private voice instructor in the Central Florida area. She received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Appalachian State University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. Born and raised in Orlando, Ms. Eschbach has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras throughout Florida including the Bel Canto Singers, The Villages Philharmonic, and the Orlando Philharmonic. In addition, she frequently travels abroad for singing engagements, including places such as the UK, Switzerland and most recently, Kenya.
Sean Christopher Stork, lyric baritone, has been a regular guest artist with several Symphonic Orchestras and Opera Companies since 2001 including The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Lakeland Opera, Opera Tampa, Opera del Sol, First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Space Coast Symphony and Imperial Symphony. He is also an active composer and arranger, having commissioned works for several orchestral and vocal groups across the state of Florida including The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra and The Basilica of Mary, Queen Of The Universe.
Marcella Richardson started her singing career in the Northern Michigan, Torch Lake area at a family restaurant called Brownwood. She went on to travel with a 10 piece show band that started from Brownwood called TORCH and continued to travel the country performing. Ms. Richardson eventually formed her own groups with partners based out of Atlanta, Georgia and performed in radio and TV jingles and commercials before eventually moving to The Villages, Florida in 2004 with her husband.