RED BANK, NJ - The Monmouth Civic Chorus announced a quartet of outstanding vocal soloists for its performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank, New Jersey.  

Soprano Katharine Dain has been praised by the New York Times for her "rich tone," "deep emotion," and "lovely, passionate" performances. She has extensive experience in opera, oratorio and concert music from all periods. She has performed with the Ash Lawn Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Alexandria Symphony, Ravinia Festival (where she was a 2009 Steans Fellow), Amherst Early Music Festival, Collegiate Chorale, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Ballet, Joy in Singing, and the New York Festival of Song in venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She has co-founded two critically acclaimed chamber groups in New York: Callisto Ascending, a period-instrument ensemble, and Lunatics at Large, a contemporary chamber group lauded as “young, energetic and highly polished” by senior Times critic Allan Kozinn. She holds degrees from Harvard University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mannes College of Music.  

An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. After a successful solo debut with The Bard Music Festival in 2008, her performances in the 2009-2010 season included solo engagements with the Duke Symphony, Berkshire Bach Society, East Texas Symphony, Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, Greenwich Choral Society, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. Upcoming performances include Duruflé’s Requiem with Mid-America Productions at Carnegie Hall, and a return to the Amor Artis Orchestra (Norwalk, CT) for Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Summer ‘08 marked her debut with Summer Opera Theatre in Washington, DC, where The Washington Times hailed her as “an outstanding Carmen, singing accurately and expressively while charging her character with a smoldering sexuality.” A graduate of the Yale University Opera Program, Indiana University, and the University of Northern Iowa, Teresa has been delighted to have spent several summers as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Natchez Opera. 

Matthew Peña, “a sweet-voiced tenor,” “brings a pliant tenor voice and winning eagerness” (The New York Times) to opera, concert and recital. Recent performances include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Choral Society of New York, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Greater Newburgh Symphony, Don Giovanni with Livermore Valley Opera, and Eugene Onegin with Anchorage Opera. He has also appeared with companies across the country, including Santa Fe Opera, Virginia Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the American Classical Orchestra. As part of the Metropolitan Opera's investment in new works, Matthew has sung roles in several workshops of new opera commissions by Nico Muhly and Michael Torke. This summer, he will return to the Apprentice program at the Santa Fe Opera. He is the winner of the Charles A. Lyman Vocal Competition and San Jose Music Study Club Competition. and has been awarded grants from the Career Bridges Foundation and Léni Fé Bland Foundation. 

Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” and The Friday Morning Music Club as “possessing great potential to seize a World-Class vocal career,” baritone Sidney Outlaw was named the 2010 Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserratt Caballe. He recently completed the prestigious Merola Opera Program and made an international debut in both Germany and Israel. Mr. Outlaw’s orchestral and recital performances include debuts of renowned works at major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. He has appeared in recital as part of the New York Festival of Song and with the Marilyn Horne Foundation. In March 2010 he performed with Cantori New York under the baton of Mark Shapiro in the world premiere of Night Keeps Its Promise by Frank Ezra Levy. Mr. Outlaw holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Upcoming engagements include a Schwabacher Debut Recital, Elijah at Carnegie Hall, and an appearance with St. Louis Opera Theatre. 

The Bach B Minor Mass is recognized world-wide as a supreme achievement of spiritual and emotional expression. Dr. Mark Shapiro, Artistic Director and Conductor, will conduct the concert. Tickets are $25 ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students). Call (732) 933-9333 or visit www.monmouthcivicchorus.org for tickets and information.