Masterworks V

Reverence: Brahms Requiem

April 27, 2025 at 3pm
Collins Center for the Arts
Lucas Richman, Conductor
Aundi Marie Moore, Soprano
Isaac Bray, Baritone

Program

  • Hildegard von Bingen, arr. Richman | O File Israhel
  • Brahms | Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

In the BSO tradition of a grand finale, the fifth Masterworks concert on April 27, 2025, “Reverence: Brahms Requiem” features the powerful voices of soprano Aundi Marie Moore and baritone Isaac Bray, alongside the 100+ piece choruses made up of the UMaine Singers and Oratorio Society Chorus with Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. The afternoon begins with Lucas Richman’s arrangement of Hildegard von Bingen’s O Filie Israhel, promising an unforgettable finale to the Masterworks series.

About the Guest Artists:

Aundi Marie Moore is an acclaimed classical soprano, celebrated for her exquisite vocal talents and captivating stage presence. Hailed by the Washington Post for possessing a voice of “Clarion Beauty” has captured the hearts of many audiences with her rich warm expressive tones.  Her 2023 season includes Carnegie Hall Debut with the Sphinx Music Organization, European tour with Pacific Choral as featured soloist, National Philharmonic, IlluminArts Miami, National Chamber Ensemble and Alabama Symphony. Aundi was awarded the 2023 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, an acknowledgement of her artistic achievements, her work ethic, and her spirit of determination.

Aundi’s voice is a transcendent force, effortlessly navigating the intricate terrain of classical and contemporary repertoire. She has appeared as Lady Thiang The King and I at Lyric Opera of Virginia, Nettie Fowler Carousel at Ashlawn Music Festival, and Maggie Porter in Tazewell Thompson’s Jubilee at Arena Stage. Concert engagements are highlighted by her performance with the New World Symphony for Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 under the baton of Steven Jarvi as well as the National Symphony Orchestra as their featured guest soloist for their Christmas Pops concert with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. She has often been a featured soloist with the Virginia Symphony under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. Her remarkable vocal range, combined with the depth of emotion she infuses into every performance, has earned her a place among the foremost sopranos of her generation.

Aundi’s artistry extends beyond the opera and concert stage, and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards from the National Opera Association, the Bel Canto Vocal Competition, the West Palm Beach Opera Competition, the Florida Grand Voice Competition, and the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition. Aundi was celebrated for being the 2015 winner of The American Prize in Voice, the 2016 Bronze Medallist at the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, First Place winner at both Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses Voice Competition and at Vocal Arts Discovery Series of Washington DC, and she was a finalist at Operalia.

For more information, visit aundimariemoore.com

​Isaac Bray has performed on opera and concert stages throughout the United States, most notably at Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Central City Opera. A resident of Maine, Mr. Bray is in high demand for concert performances throughout coastal New England. Recent credits include the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Blue Hill Bach, the role of Jesus in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Bagaduce Chorale, the bass soloist in the Bach Magnificat with the Acadia Choral Society, the baritone soloist in the Rutter Gloria with The Bagaduce Chorale, the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the University of Maine Singers, the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with the University of Maine Orchestra, and the baritone soloist in Belshazzar’s Feast with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

Bray is equally at home on the opera stage. He has performed the roles of roles of Dancairo in Carmen with Opera San Antonio, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids, Will Parker in Oklahoma with Charlottesville Opera, Morales/Dancairo in Carmen with Venture Opera, and Gregorio in Romèo et Juliette with Opera Grand Rapids. For the 2014/15 season, Bray was a member of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Studio where he performed the roles of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Assan in The Consul, and The Official Registrar in Madama Butterfly.

Mr. Bray is on the music faculty at the University of Maine, where he teaches voice and directs the Opera Workshop. He also serves as the treasure for the Maine Chapter of NATS.

For more information, visit isaacbraybaritone.com

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