Glitter In Wolfeboro

This summer on the evening of Saturday, July 19th visitors and residents of the Lakes Region will be treated to a wonderful “Evening of Broadway” featuring the music of Lerner and Loewe. Just some of the great shows being represented will be Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, Brigadoon and My Fair Lady. Every year the Great Waters Music Festival brings together close to 100 singers and a full orchestra featuring classical and choral masterpieces. This year they are featuring a very special soloist who has ties directly to the beautiful Lakes Region where their performances take place. Rebecca Robbins first visited Wolfeboro with her family when she was eight years old. She and her family immediately fell in love with the area and have retuned every summer.

In 2004 her parents finally decided to become home owners in neighboring Tuftonboro, a home which she has since inherited and still enjoys coming to whenever she can. Rebecca fulfilled a childhood dream last summer when she performed at The Great Waters Music Festival with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra. The response from those who attended her performance last year were so overwhelming that Great Waters asked her to return for this special performance in July. Even the production crew and volunteers were so impressed with her extreme enthusiasm and effervescence they all recommended bringing her back for 2014. Smiling and laughing and happy to meet fans in the lobby for autographs and pictures, long after the end of the performance – Rebecca is the type of performer everyone can’t help but love.Glitter-in-Wolfeboro

In addition to being a lyric soprano and an actress, Rebecca is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma shortly after her Broadway debut in 2008, but after surgery and months of chemotherapy and radiation, she was cancer-free. She is currently performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include, A Tale of Two Cities, My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, Fiorello, The Music Teacher, Fanny, Music in the Air and The New Moon. Rebecca has performed in 12 productions at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and she will be returning there this holiday season to play Mrs. Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins.

Other theatre venues include Pittsburgh CLO, Baltimore Center Stage, Maine State Music Theatre and Asolo Repertory Theatre to name a few. She has also appeared with numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Virginia Symphony, The West Virginia Symphony, Rob Fisher and his Coffee Club Orchestra and The Hillyer Festival Orchestra. Rebecca is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and holds a BA in music from the University of Charleston. She is also a proud cancer survivor and performed last spring at The American Cancer Society’s inaugural Hope Gala in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other featured soloists include baritone Thomas Jones who has appeared with orchestras, opera companies, choral ensembles and on recital series throughout North America, Europe and the West Indies. Richard Buell of The Boston Globe calls the vocal and stage presence of Thomas Jones “irresistible”. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times proclaims that Mr. Jones sings “with plush sounds and musical vigor”.

Matthew Anderson who has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to the repertoire of oratorio, opera, and musical theater will also perform. Mr. Anderson was the 2nd Prize winner in the 2010 Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition. He has also been a prizewinner in the American Bach Society Vocal Competition and a finalist in the Liederkranz Art Song Competition. He sings regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series and has appeared as a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, Carmel Bach Festival, Cantata Singers, Back Bay Chorale, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Williamstown Early Music, Masterworks Chorale, Musica Maris, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

The performance is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices with tickets for this event ranging from $25.00 to $40.00. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org.

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