The Verona Public Library will present a special concert of holiday music for all ages on Sunday, December 11, at 3 p.m. Enjoy music from Brahms and Schubert to “Frosty the Snowman” (and be prepared to sing along!). Featured will be mezzo-soprano Kelsey Robertson and guitarist Alex Valencia. Both are award-winning musicians who are currently on the faculty at Lindeblad School of Music.
Kelsey Robertson, mezzo-soprano, is a New Jersey native who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. During her time at Eastman, her operatic highlights included the roles of Mrs. Jones in Street Scene and the title role in Xerxes. Ms. Robertson’s award credits include Eastman School of Music Vocal Concerto Competition Winner, 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Colorado/Wyoming District Winner and Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition Third Prize Winner. She also placed as a finalist in the 2019 Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition and the 2019 Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition.
Alex Valencia has been playing guitar from a young age. He studied at the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá in Colombia where he received extensive training in Latin American Music. He has performed across the USA, both as a soloist and an ensemble musician. Mr. Valencia received his degree in Guitar Performance with the highest honors from Kean University in New Jersey, where he studied under Christopher Kenniff. After his graduation, Alex moved to Chicago to study with world-renowned guitarist Denis Azabagic. Alex has also performed in master classes for guitarists such as Jason Viauex, and Kevin Gallaguer. Alex balances a full-time teaching schedule at Lindeblad School of Music with performances in the tri-state area. He also serves as an adjunct Faculty member at Hunter College, City University of New York.