The music of Grieg, Schumann ad Strauss will form the centerpiece of the next Summit Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2017-18 season, a performance which will take place March 25, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Summit High School Auditorium. Admission to all Summit Symphony concerts is free, with donations gratefully accepted. 

American Soprano Anita Lyons will be the featured soloist. and  for this concert, and Music Director Michael Avagliano will lead the orchestra in the Peer Gynt Suite #1 by Greig, Symphony #1 in Bb Major by Schumann, and the Four Last Songs by Strauss.

Lyons is quickly creating a niche for herself in the dramatic repertoire. Most recently, she has been seen in her career debuts of Leonore (Fidelio) and the title role of Elektra , both performed at Lincoln Center with New York Opera Forum, and singing the Witch (Hansel and Gretel) with Amore Opera (NYC). Other highlights of this season include the title role of Norma, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro), and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera).

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She has been seen with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra singing the Strauss Four Last Songs, with Boheme Opera NJ in programs of the music of Richard Wagner and Shakespeare in Opera, and with the Riverside Opera Company as a soloist on their gala orchestra concert at Snug Harbor on Staten Island.

Lyons was an Artist-in-Residence with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and an Emerging Artist in Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Artist Development Program. Radio appearances include Minnesota and Peoria Public Radio, and she has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, Indianapolis Opera, the Bach Society of Minnesota, North Star Opera in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Twin Cities Chamber Orchestra. She is currently based in the New York City area.

The Summit Symphony has been providing free orchestral concerts for the Summit area since 1938. For more information about this concert and-or about the Summit Symphony Orchestra, visit

Summit High School is located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard.