Soprano and baritone accompanied by Paul Heckert Oct. 21
Soprano Julianne Heckert and baritone Michael McKee, both of Garrison, will perform a selection of operatic arias and songs in Chapel Restoration on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.Paul Heckert will accompany them on piano.
Julie Heckert toured for a year as Swing in a production of the Broadway musical Evita under the direction of Hal Prince. She has performed in a number of operas, including the roles of Cherubino in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro at Operafestival di Roma, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, and Octavian in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. As a member of the Collegiate Chorale under the direction of Robert Bass, she has sung oratorio at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere in New York City and has performed an extensive classical and original art-song repertoire in recital with her husband, Paul, at the piano. Heckert is a member of the highly acclaimed choir of St. Philip’s Church in Garrison.
Michael McKee has sung roles in Damn Yankees, Camelot and The Boyfriend, among other musicals. After a long hiatus building a career as a psychologist, he has returned to performance. He was in the cast of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Operaat Philipstown Depot Theatre in 2010 and has sung solos in
Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Brahms’ Requiem at St. Philip’s Church.
Paul Heckert is music director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cornwall, N.Y. For many years he was music director for productions at Philipstown Depot Theatre and James O’Neill High School, HighlandFalls.
The chapel, at 45 Market St., Cold Spring, is across from Metro-North station, where free parking is available on weekends. This concert is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature and public funds from Putnam County, grants managed and monitored by Putnam Arts Council. Contributions from the public are welcome.