A concert of sacred choral and chamber music with

Community Singers
Chris Garofalo, Director

Luke Musgrave, Piano & Organ
Bernardo Arias, Violin
Richard Yeo, Cello

Mary Elliott, Soprano
Marty Matutis, Tenor
Chris Groves, Alto
Sean Les, Saxophone
Toby Elliott, Percussion

There will be a reception after the program in Welcome Center

 


Chris Garofalo has been active as a pianist and accompanist in the Chicago area for over 30 years and has composed works for solo piano, voice, choir and chamber ensembles. He is the Director of Music Ministries at Community United Methodist Church in Naperville and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Downers Grove Music Club, a charitable non-profit arts organization that provides free monthly music concert programs, a Piano Festival, Student Music Awards and community donations to foster music performance and education in the Downers Grove area. His recording, Silhouettes, released in 2005, features 12 original compositions for solo piano and the original song cycle Within the Circle of the Seasons with tenor Henry Pleas. The four poems are from Edward Searl’s collection of seasonal reflections Beggar’s Bouquet. Previous recordings, produced by Melinda Perrin, include: Left Brain/Right Brain (1998), Earth Air Fire Water (1989), Luminaria (1990), and Soliloquy (1991). In 1999, he accompanied tenor Henry Pleas on his first CD: Deep River: A Spiritual Journey. Chris’ Suite for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano and Sonata for Flute and Piano are featured in David Gaynes’ 2013 documentary film “Next Year Jerusalem.” Chris Garofalo is a Steinway Artist.

Bernardo Arias is currently a regular substitute violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and performs with Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also Co-Concertmaster of Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra (a position he shares with his wife Whun Kim), Principal Second Violin of Rockford Symphony Orchestra and former Associate Concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana Symphony. In addition, he teaches at Merit School of Music and Elgin Community College . Mr. Arias received his bachelors and masters degrees from The Juilliard School where studied with Margaret Pardee and Joseph Fuchs. He also studied with Dr. Myron Kartman at Northwestern University and Mark Zinger at DePaul University.

Richard Yeo was born into a musical family. He began playing the piano at the age of six, and took up the cello at age nine. He attended Indiana University where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree while studying with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Fritz Magg. He later received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen. Mr. Yeo was Assistant Principal Cellist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons, and during that time he made his solo orchestral debut playing the Second Cello Concerto of Victor Herbert. Since 1993 he has been a member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and he currently maintains an active schedule as a free-lance cellist in the Chicago area. Some of the orchestras he performs with include the Grant Park Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, and the Lake Forest Symphony.