The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir (SMYOC) is pleased to announce their upcoming concert Sunday June 10, 4pm at La Plata United Methodist Church celebrating and welcoming home a Southern Maryland superstar. Bass-baritone opera singer Kevin Short will join with the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, in an exciting concert performance of spirituals and operatic “greats” – including music from Bizet’s Carmen, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, the Mephistopheles Arias from Gounod’s Faust, along with some beloved old American songs.
Born and raised in Southern Maryland (Pomfret & Indian Head), Kevin is a Lackey High School graduate. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University and later pursued advanced degrees in opera performance at the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard in New York. In 1989, he won the bass-baritone award for the Middle Atlantic region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and from 1991-1998 he appeared annually at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City where he sang many major operatic roles and appeared in a total of 129 performances. Since then, he has performed in most of the major opera houses in the United States and made numerous international appearances. In the past year, he has held a Visiting Faculty position in the Voice/Opera division of the University Of Maryland School Of Music.
Kevin looks forward to the opportunity to perform back at home and to sing for his “people.”
This is a free event with a suggested donation at the door: $10 adults/$5 seniors, children, military, teachers. For more information: Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir: www.smyoc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra & Choir (SMYOC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, exists to nurture, develop and advance young, talented local musicians in quality orchestral and choral programs.
Under the musical direction of Julien Benichou, SMYOC offers a Youth Orchestra (a full orchestra accepting both traditional and non-traditional instruments), two Youth Choirs, a Preparatory Strings Orchestra, and two Preparatory Choirs, drawing talented musicians from all three counties in Southern Maryland.