SUMMIT, NJ - Two acclaimed young vocalists will combine with a noted pianist to present a varied program of songs at Afternoon Music, April 19, at The Unitarian Church.

Soprano Kristina Bachrach and tenor Andrew Fuchs will perform at the 4 p.m. concert with pianist Mitchell Vines, artistic director of the Afternoon Music series. They will present songs by Henry Purcell, Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill, William Bolcom, Mark Blitzstein and Tom Cipullo .

The audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception following the concert.

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Soprano Kristina Bachrach has performed widely as a soloist in operas, oratorios and song recitals in New York City and around the country. She made her Carnegie Hall debut last year as the soprano soloist in Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Cecilia Chorus and the Orchestra of New York and has appeared three times in starring roles with the Gotham Chamber Opera.

She performs often with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and last fall went on tour with the group to sing works by Les Six composers Darius Milhaud and Germaine Tailleferre at Notre Dame University. She sang for the first time last fall as part of BargeMusic’s Masterworks series in a performance of Milhaud’s rarely-performed song cycle, Alissa.

For two years, she was a fellow at Tanglewood where she performed in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Last fall, she was selected by the Los Angeles music festival SongFest to record two commissioned songs by John Harbison for its soon-to-be-released 20th anniversary CD.

Tenor Andrew Fuchs, a native of Kansas City, is known for his Bach performances, especially for interpretations of the Evangelist in the St. Matthew and St. John passions. “Fuchs made the Evangelist fully human and…served with exceptional skill,” said the website TheaterScene. He made his Lincoln Center debut in Bach’s Magnificat with the American Classical Orchestra.

Other concert performances include Brahms’s Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder waltzes with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Haydn’s The Creation, Britten’s Saint Nicolas, and numerous appearances with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, most notably in Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside alumna Christine Goerke.  

Also known for his interpretations of contemporary music, he recently performed a world premiere of Songs that Make Grown Men Cry by Glen Rovan at New York City’s Spectrum, an innovative music space, and in May is to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall in Steve Reich’s Three Tales.

In his two summers at Tanglewood, he worked with Dawn Upshaw on a much-praised performance of Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain by Britten and also worked with Mark Morris and the Swedish baritone Hakán Hagegård.

Pianist Mitchell Vines has an active performing career that has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. The German newspaper Hessiche-Niedersachsische Allgemeine wrote, "The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience. He performed with virtuosity and bravura."

His teaching and performing experience includes positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Harlem School of the Arts, Berkshire Choral Festival, New York Summer Opera Scenes, Cunard Cruise Lines, and CantaLyrica Chamber Choir. He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, performing Bartok's 3rd Piano Concerto and Milhaud's Le Carnaval d'Aix.

Vines is highly in demand as a collaborative pianist and is a music director for theater, opera, and cabaret. He is the music and choir director at The Unitarian Church and at Temple Israel in New York City. This summer will be his fifth year with the Berkshire Festival International, where he will serve as pianist/faculty for three weeks.

Afternoon Music tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors.  Students are welcome free.  The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

For advance tickets, send a check made out to Afternoon Music to the church at 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ, 07901.  Further information is available at 908 / 273-2899 or ucsummit.org.