On the first weekend in May, the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, directed by Benjamin G. Del Vecchio, will present two of Beethoven’s works as “A Beethoven Palindrome,” Opus 86, Mass in C Major and Opus 68, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, otherwise known as the “Pastoral Symphony.”
The mass is still one of the least performed of his larger works. Technically difficult for all voices and filled with surprising yet beautiful harmonies, it deserves to be called a masterpiece.
Regina Walker is the guest soprano soloist. She has sung with several opera companies across the United States and continues to be active with the Indianapolis Opera. Walker’s most recent performance with Hendricks Symphonic Society was last December when they presented The Messiah. She continues to teach voice privately and is a faculty member for two major universities in Indianapolis.
Kristin Elizabeth Morris, mezzo soprano, received her degree in Voice Performance from the IU Jacobs School of Music. She has performed leading roles in opera, musical theater, and oratorio. A veteran of studio session singing with Aire Born Studios, she teaches private voice lessons in her home studio. Morris writes and performs original Christian music and is currently Director of Music Ministry at Irvington United Methodist Church as well as worship arts assistant at LifePoint Church.
Tenor David B. Mannell is also a returning soloist. His career has taken him throughout the Midwest, the nation, and Europe. A native of Kansas, he is currently on the faculties of IUPUI and Indiana State University. He stage directs educational programs for the Indianapolis Opera Company, and he has a private voice studio.
Like Walker, Tyler Henderson, bass, performed The Messiah with Hendricks Symphony last year. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he is an Associate Instructor of Voice at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he continues his own vocal studies as well. He has performed several roles with the IU Opera.