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Performing Arts Series 2022/23

We are so blessed to finally have the Performing Arts Series return! The Performing Arts Series at All Saints' Episcopal Church provides quality live entertainment that is enjoyable and culturally enriching. The series consists of nine performances that run through April. Please join us for an evening of beautiful music and loving fellowship.

Sunday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Robert Fleitz, Concert Pianist Performing greatest hits of piano repertoire

Sunday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Bach Festival of Central Florida, Directed by Dr. Larry Sledge In honor of Reformation Day and featuring Dr. Robert Phillips, guitar

Sunday, November 13th at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Christina and Greg Sale and Friends

Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 p.m. Reception at 4:15 p.m. in Woodsby Hall
All Saints’ Music Ministry Leading Advent Lessons and Carols

Sunday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Spiritus Piano Trio Dr. Hulin and colleagues Annabelle and Ron Gardiner

Sunday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
All Saints’ Choral Scholars Reunion, Accompanied by Dr. Charles Hulin

Sunday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
All Saints’ Music Ministry Leading a Choral Evensong for Eastertide

Dinners that follow concerts at 6:00 p.m. will cost $18.00 per person.
Please RSVP to the church for the dinner reservation at 863-688-4502 the Monday prior to the event.

Performing Artists

Performer and composer Robert Fleitz is committed to curating mesmerizing and idiosyncratic concert experiences. As a pianist known for “mesmerizing” and “commanding” playing (New York Times), he has played with Contemporaneous, Ensemble Echappé, the Juilliard Orchestra, Wordless Music, and the RTÉ Irish National Symphony Orchestra. Recent appearances include the Universidade de Aveiro, Latvian National Library, Kyoto Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, MATA Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Le Poisson Rouge. He is a founding member of new-music-violin-piano-experience escape Velocity and toy-music-theatre-band Wind-Up Elephant, as well as the Melita Ensemble at St. Paul’s Church. He can be found frequently performing away from the piano, as a mover, performance artist, harpsichordist, toy pianist, and baritone. He is also the founder of PROMPTUS, a post-disciplinary collective that curates community-focused performance events.

His “dreamy…ambrosial” compositions (Boston Music Intelligencer) employ systems of fragmented expressivity based on performers’ physicality, the athletic rigour of classical training, imagined relationships, and queerness. Notable recent commissions and performances include the score for the Off-Broadway dance theatre piece Babel, Hilary Easton Dance Company, JUX, and Concerts for Compassion. Born and raised in Lakeland, FL, where he began studying piano with his father at age four, and recently completed his BM and MM at the Juilliard School where he studied piano with Hung-Kuan Chen. A fervent educator, he works as a teaching artist of the New York Philharmonic He is also a recipient of Juilliard’s Career Advancement Fellowship. On a personal note, he loves avocados, Florida clouds, and cartoons.

Dr. Larry Sledge holds a doctorate in music from Florida State University and is former Director of Choral Studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, former conductor of the Lakeland Choral Society and former Choir Master at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Lakeland. Highly regarded in the sphere of choral music nationwide, Dr. Sledge is past President of the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and is frequently sought after for clinics and as guest conductor for choral events. Dr. Sledge will direct the Bach Festival Chamber Chorus and Orchestra in two cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (BWV 80), composed around the familiar hymn tune “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” and Bleib bie uns, den es will Abend werden (BWV 6). Rounding out the choral portion of the program will be short pieces by Dieterich Buxtehude and George Frideric Handel. Soloists for the Bach cantatas will be Christine Johnston, soprano, Jenny Heidtman, alto, Mark Thomsen, tenor, and Neil Sherouse, bass.

Christina Dominski-Sale brings a wealth of experience to the operatic stage. In a few short years, she has become indelibly linked to the role of Carmen. “With her rich robust sound” (The Hartford Current), Miss Dominski-Sale is described as “the very incarnation of the gypsy seductress” (The Palm Beach Post). The mezzo’s other credits include Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Cherubino and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Octavia in The Coronation of Poppea, The Third Lady in Die Zauberflote, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Flora in La Traviata, and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. Miss Dominski-Sale made her international debut when she was cast by Academy Award nominated film director and producer Robert Altman for his Lille Opera (France) production of Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress. The production toured for three months throughout France and Belgium. Miss Dominski-Sale’s versatility and range is further demonstrated when she traverses into musical theatre, and the roles of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Lalume in Kismet and Lizzie in 110 in the Shade. She has appeared with such companies as Connecticut Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dayton Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Tampa Bay Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Gold Coast Opera, Treasure Coast Opera and Opera D’Lille, France. Miss Dominski-Sale holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The University of Michigan. Currently Mrs. Sale is a Professor of Voice at Florida Southern College.

Greg Sale, managing partner of OMS Insurance Group, Inc., has more than 23 years of experience in the group health and workers’ comp insurance industry. Greg is past president of The Polk Theatre, Inc. and Florida Southern College Fine Arts Council. He was President of The Imperial Symphony Orchestra in 2015 for its 50th Anniversary Season. He founded the Imperial Symphony A Night at the Opera in 1999, and has been the producer for the past 18 years. Greg has a BB in Finance from Univ. of Florida, BM from FSC, MM from USF and an AD from Hartt Conservatory of Music. Greg currently resides in Lakeland, FL, with his wife Christina and their two children Ethan and Olivia.

Hailed by the San Francisco Gate for her vocal “power and florid elegance”, soprano Teresa Castillo was a participant at San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and sang the role of #1 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations. She is a winner of the 2017 Anita Cerquetti International Opera Competition, semi-finalist in the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the Elaine Malbin Competition, and career grant recipient from Career Bridges New York. Ms. Castillo returned to Bel Canto at Caramoor and sang on the Opening Night Gala Concert with acclaimed soprano, Angela Meade, covered the role of Adele in Il pirata and sang the Soprano Solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. While at Caramoor as an Apprentice Artist she sang in the U.S. Premiere of Terra Cotta Warriors in 3D and une voix de femme en coulisse in Dialogues des Carmélites. In the fall 2018, she joined the Opera Theatre of St. Louis for their Opera on the Go! performances as the Königin der Nacht in their rendition of Die Zauberflöte. Winter 2018, she made her debut with the Virginia Opera covering the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This past season, Ms. Castillo made her debut with the Occasional Opera Company singing the role of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, which she also recently sang with the Seoul International Opera Festival in Korea and with the Manhattan Opera Studio in New York. January 2019 she made her debut with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Other recent performances include Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Loveland Opera Theatre,

Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Emerald City Opera, Elsie Maynard in Yeomen of the Guard with Empire Lyric Players, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Lamont Opera Theatre, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Metropolitan State Opera Ensemble, and Adele in The Bat with Rocky Mountain Chamber Opera. She was also a recent member of the Central City Opera Ensemble for seven seasons. On the concert stage, Ms. Castillo has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and the world premiere Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory’s Convergence with the Boulder Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Along with her standard repertoire, she frequently enjoys singing new works by established and upcoming composers such as her recent performances as Ana Maria in the new opera En mis Palabras with the Central City Opera Ensemble. Ms. Castillo has won first place in the Classical Singer Competition at the Young Artist level, second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and was featured in the “Who Inspires You?” article series in Classical Singer Magazine. She has received several grants from The Allied Arts in Denver, CO and from the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship foundation based in Cranston, RI. During her time at Lamont, she was awarded many prestigious awards, including the Joe Docksey music career development fund, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Award and with the Recital of Distinction Award. Ms. Castillo holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master’s Degree from the Lamont School of Music.

Charles Hulin (B.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; M.M. in Piano Performance, The Juilliard School of Music) is a member of Southeastern University’s Department of Music where he teaches piano and music history. In addition to his work at Southeastern, Dr. Hulin coordinates the Lasker Summer Music Festival, an organization that supports Christian musicians in the integration of their artistic work and faith. Before coming to Florida, he performed extensively in the Mid-Atlantic states, frequently appearing with members of the United States Naval Academy Band and as a soloist for performances of the Richmond Ballet. He has participated in a wide range of festivals including the Third Practice Festival of electro-acoustic music, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. He has presented research regarding the music of Franz Liszt for the College Music Society and numerous lecture-recitals on the practice of parlor music in the Antebellum South for museums and historical societies in his native North Carolina.

Annabelle Gardiner, a member of the Spiritus piano trio, teaches violin, string techniques, chamber music, chamber orchestra, and music theory at Southeastern University. While earning her degrees at Eastman School of Music, she studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin and Oleh Krysa, and chamber music with members of the Cleveland Quartet. Professor Gardiner has been performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and was appointed as Assistant Concertmaster in August 2010. In September of 2017, she began her post as Associate Concertmaster. She is a former member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. A regular substitute violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, she has worked with internationally renowned conductors such as James DePreist, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, and John Williams. Abroad, Professor Gardiner has performed with her husband, Ronald Gardiner, in the Philippines, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, and China. As a chamber musician, Professor Gardiner performs with the Kozmik String Quartet and the Bella Musica Ensemble. In addition to her orchestral career, she has extensive performing experience ranging from Broadway musicals and pop/rock concerts to 20th century music. She has appeared in concerts with orchestral backup for the likes of Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts. She has also been a member of several recording projects for Busch Gardens, Disney, and Hal Leonard Music Publishers. Professor Gardiner also performs as Associate Concertmaster with Opera Tampa, Concertmaster of the Bach Festival of Central Florida, and as a Disney musician. At Disney, she performs with the Candlelight Orchestra at Epcot, and at Hollywood Studios, she was a member of the orchestra for the Music of “Pixar Live! A Symphony of Characters.” During the summers, Professor Gardiner teaches and performs at the Masterworks Festival, where she directs the String Intensive Studies Program.

Ronald Gardiner is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in cello performance, with additional study at the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and the Peabody Conservatory. During his student years, Ronald was a prizewinner of the Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition held in Midland, Texas. While studying in Europe, he was invited to perform for Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sebok in his International Masterclasses held in Ernen, Switzerland. He has also performed in Masterclasses for Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis, Ronald Leonard, Paul Katz, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, and Reinhard Goebel. An avid chamber musician, Ronald has studied with members of the Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Guarneri, American, and Mendelssohn string quartets at various festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Taos School of Music, the Winter Institute of String Quartets, and the Waterloo Festival of the Arts at Princeton University. He has worked with internationally renowned conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, James DePriest, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Herbig, Robert Shaw, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, among others. Ronald has recorded for the Vox Classics, BIS, and Albany record labels. Ronald was a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C., the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and performed as a regular substitute cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic during his student years at Eastman. A former member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, he frequently served as their Acting Principal Cellist. An active freelance musician, Ronald has worked with artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kool and the Gang, Mannheim

Steamroller, The Gatlin Brothers, Wynonna Judd, Chuck Mangione, Roy Clark, Roger Williams, and Ron Carter, among others. Ronald is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Former teaching positions include at the MasterWorks Festival as part of the Orchestral Studies Program, Houghton College, the David Hochstein Memorial Music School, as well as an adjunct faculty position at the Eastman School of Music during his Graduate studies. Ronald performs on a modern cello that was handcrafted in 1997 by nationally renowned luthier, James McKean of New York City.

Mila Samargia, soprano, is a graduate of Florida Southern College where she studied voice with Professor Diane Willis Stahl. She is from West Palm Beach, Florida. Mila has been an active participant in the Florida Southern College Opera Theatre, performing in the 2017 production: Gondoliers. Mila sang in the chorus of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s production of Gianni Schicchi and performed in the FSC Opera Theatre Gala. While a student at Florida Southern College, she was a scholarship recipient and sang with the adult choir at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

 

Scripture Readings – The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

First Lesson Jeremiah 29:1,4-7
Psalm Psalm 111
Second Lesson 2 Timothy 2:8-15
The Holy Gospel Luke 17:11-19

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