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Putting It Together...An Evening with Stephen Sondheim
03/26/2022 4:00 PM - Wilshire Presbyterian Church
Join the Metropolitan Master Chorale for Putting It Together...An Evening with Stephen Sondheim, an in-person concert on March 26, 2022!

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Wilshire Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Masks and proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID test will be required.

Please bring a can of food to donate to the food bank managed by Wilshire Presbyterian Church.

Parking for $5 is available at the YMCA across Third Street north of the church. The entrance to the garage is on Oxford Street.

The the Metropolitan Master Chorale is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and the City of Los Angeles Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
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Putting It Together...An Evening with Stephen Sondheim
03/26/2022 7:00 PM - Wilshire Presbyterian Church
Join the Metropolitan Master Chorale for Putting It Together...An Evening with Stephen Sondheim, an in-person concert on March 26, 2022!

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Wilshire Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Masks and proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID test will be required.

Please bring a can of food to donate to the food bank managed by Wilshire Presbyterian Church.

Parking for $5 is available at the YMCA across Third Street north of the church. The entrance to the garage is on Oxford Street.

The the Metropolitan Master Chorale is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and the City of Los Angeles Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
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Soloists
03/07/2022 12:00 AM -
Meet Our Soloists

Kevin Alvarez



Bass-Baritone, Kevin Alvarez is a native of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Performing Arts Magnet at Van Nuys High School where took part in the Los Angeles Master Chorale Oratorio Project under the direction of Brianna Arevelo. Kevin is currently a vocal performance major and a talent scholar in the Applied Music program at Los Angeles Valley College where he studies in the vocal studio of Diana Tash. Kevin enjoys singing in multiple genres ranging from jazz and popular music to classical music.
 
Kevin is featured in “Invocation and Instructions to the Audience” from The Frogs and “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd.

Charlotte Bash


 

Charlotte Bash is excited to be performing so many of her favorite Sondheim songs with MMC! Charlotte grew up in Los Angeles and went on to receive a Bachelors of Music in Classical Voice Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In addition to being a classically trained singer, Charlotte is also a songwriter, session singer, music director and vocal coach. Recording artist credits include work with PinkFong, ZooMoo, and she has also recently lent her vocal talents to the Japanese video game, Ortega. Four of her original songs can be found in online stores. Past performances include singing in Disney concerts in China and Taiwan, multiple concerts with the Verdi Chorus, for which she is currently the Alto 1 Section Leader. She has shared the stage with Sara Bareilles, John Mellencamp, Mindy Kaling, Chris O’ Dowd, Persian pop star, Shahkar Bineshpajooh (Microsoft Theatre, LA Live), and Aaron Carter (The Troubador). Charlotte has been the musical director for performances for major fundraising events in Los Angeles including The Vibrato Grill, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel and The Beverly Hilton Hotel. She would like to thank Glenn Carlos for this incredible opportunity and everyone else who supported her nerdy thespian ambitions.

Charlotte is featured as Anita in "Tonight" from West Side Story, Little Red Riding Hood in "Into the Woods" from Into the Woods, and "Invocation and Instructions to the Audience" from The Frogs.



Shelley Marie Berger



Shelley Marie Berger has been singing choral music since the third grade. Over the years, Shelley has dabbled in folk, classical, vocal jazz, blues, electro-pop, and classic rock. She performed Grease! at the Edinburgh Film Festival, was a featured jazz soloist at Carnegie Hall, and performed at numerous private chamber choral and vocal jazz gigs, including at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose. Shelley has worked as a backup and lead singer greater Los Angeles area. Her vocals can also be found on Spotify and Soundcloud in partnership with the producer Really Cute Cats. Shelley enjoys creating dissonance and vocal harmonies to give new life to classic songs and modern takes alike.
 
Shelley is featured in “Our Time” from Merrily We Roll Along.

Bennett Billard



Hailing from La Mirada, lyric baritone Bennett Billard has been singing since the age of 12. Starting as part of the Buena Park Youth Theatre, he went on to study opera during his sophomore year at Fullerton Union High School's Academy of the Arts. After earning his bachelor’s degree from CSU Long Beach and his master’s degree from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bennett has been back singing in Los Angeles and Orange County since 2015. Most frequently he opens for Apollinaire, a six-piece acoustic combo that specializes in playing Brecht and Weil compositions with a tango twist. In addition to singing with the Metropolitan Master Chorale, Bennett has been a member of the Chorale Bel Canto in Whittier.
 
Bennett is featured as Cinderella’s Prince in “Agony” from Into the Woods and in “Gee, Officer Krupke” from West Side Story.

Kevin Chinn



Kevin Chinn attended Austin College in his hometown of Sherman, Texas where he concentrated in music/vocal performance, and theatre. After becoming a professional performing artist in Dallas, he moved to New York to join the Broadway cast of A Chorus Line at the Shubert Theatre. Other national and international touring company shows include A Chorus LineWest Side StoryMiss Saigon, and Ragtime. Kevin finished his professional career with the closing of Broadway’s Ragtime on the actual eve of 2000. And now, 22 years later and here on the West Coast, Los Angeles has produced brief careers in the food industry and in men’s luxury retail. Currently, he is a Certified Massage Therapist at L.A.’s prestigious Jonathan Club and pleased to be singing in his 11th year with the Metropolitan Master Chorale!
 
Kevin will be featured in “Invocation and Instructions to the Audience” from The Frogs and as Young Buddy in “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow” from Follies.

Lynne DuFresne



Lynne DuFresne is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Art from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. As a professional actor and singer, she has worked in regional theatres, Chicago area theatres summer stock throughout the Midwest and in Los Angeles. She was a founding member of The Next Theatre and The Odyssey Theatre, both in Chicago. She has worked as a principal performer in a number of small films and national commercials. Lynne also trained and performed as a storyteller. She researched, developed and wrote two one-woman shows: The Six Wives of Henry VIII Tell Their Own Stories and Stories and Songs of Vanishing Peoples. She performed these shows in schools, libraries and colleges around the Midwest. Her choral experience includes The New Orleans Symphony Chorale, The Kansas City Master Chorale, Actors A Cappella both in Chicago and in Los Angeles, and the California Philharmonic Chorale.
 
Lynne will be featured singing “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music.

Vance Heron



After years of piano and trombone lessons, Vance Heron learned to sing when he joined a local Barbershop Chorus, the Santa Monica Oceanaires. He still sings with the Oceanaires and is also a member of the Gen Gap barbershop quartet with his dad. In 2015, Vance was invited to audition for MMC by a fellow member of the Oceanaires, Mike Berkowitz. Vance passed the audition and has been loving “singing for Glenn” for the last seven years.
 
Vance is featured in “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd

Todd Honeycutt



Todd Honeycutt was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and has been musical as far back as he can remember. After moving to Atlanta, GA in 1988, he started performing in theater, notably Into The Woods and Sweeney Todd, and numerous singing jobs including fronting a cover band. In 1996, he was privileged to sing in the Centennial Honor Choir in the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 2005, he toured the US and Europe with Elton John as a backup singer to promote Elton's album Peachtree Road, including performances for thousands at Live 8 at Hyde Park in London and a massive free concert at the Colosseum in Rome. Todd also sang in the choir for Neil Young's 2006 album Living With War. After working several years at sea with many cruise lines, Todd decided to move to Los Angeles in 2008. He became a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2010 and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. While in LA, Todd has had the good fortune to sing on projects with Seth MacFarlane, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Randy Newman, and Richard Carpenter, and others. He has lent his voice to TV and film including The Simpsons and many film scores including Turning Red, Deadpool 2, Jersey Boys, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Godzilla, among others. Todd is currently singing with the Steely Dan revue band "Pretzel Logic" and the a cappella jazz quintet "Pacific Swingline." Todd is thrilled to be singing Sondheim again!

Todd is featured as Tony in "Tonight" from West Side Story and "Invocation and Instructions to the Audience" from The Frogs.
 


Carl David Jacobs



Carl David Jacobs began singing as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley where he joined the Glee Club and performed with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. While tapering down from a full-time management consulting career, Carl began studying voice seriously and received an associate’s degree in music from Los Angeles Valley College. He also studied Jewish music, receiving a master’s degree in Jewish Studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion California focusing on cantorial music and becoming a cantorial soloist. As a cantor, Carl has had his own congregation for the past seven years. He has sung with the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, the Los Robles master Chorale, the Pierce College Encore Singers, the AJU Chorale, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony’s Community Chorale, the California Philharmonic and the Lawyers Symphony. He formed the Midweek Groove Jazz Band which performed for festivals, fundraisers and various private events. He has sung solos, premiered new works and performed at Disney Hall. He studied voice with Glenn Carlos and Richard Fredericks from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera. Carl is also a former trumpet player.
 
Carl is featured in “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd and “Our Time” from Merrily We Roll Along.

Jennifer Karraz



Jennifer Karraz is very excited to be singing alongside the talented folks of the Metropolitan Master Chorale again. She spends her days as an Actor | Singer | Voice Over Artist, while her alter ego works in voice over casting. Some recent credits include: The Legend of Vox MachinaKid Cosmic, and she is frequently featured in productions by Dirty Cues. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Jen was living the theatre and opera life performing all around the Midwest and East Coast before settling out West. When Jen’s not singing, you will most likely find her volunteering at the local animal rescue, Santé D'or. For updates on her life and career, follow Jen on Instagram @ajenrose, and while you're there check out all the cool cats at @santedorrescue.
 
Jen is singing Young Sally in “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow” from Follies

Alison Lewis



Alison Lewis is described by Cabaret Scenes as "a singer with a hauntingly beautiful voice who transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary with brilliant arrangements and vocal experimentation." Alison has performed as a soloist at venues ranging from Disney Concert Hall to Lincoln Center. She has performed and toured with jazz, gospel and classical ensembles, as well as world music a cappella groups, major cover bands, and R&B acts. She has also shared the stage with such notable talents as Michael Franti, Peter Yarrow, and Patti Austin.
 
Alison’s debut solo album, Seven, received much national and international acclaim. Alison is also a seasoned session singer, having provided vocals video games, films, and independent artists' albums. On-screen singing appearances include Netflix, Sony Pictures, ABC Family, the Disney Channel, and Hulu. Alison volunteers her pipes at numerous hospitals and treatment facilities. She currently teaches music and voice to children with special needs, operates a private teaching studio, and facilitates music workshops with residents across Los Angeles County through the Skid Row-based organization, Urban Voices Project. Website: http://www.alisonlewismusic.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonLewisMusic/
 
Alison is featured as Maria in “Tonight” from West Side Story, Jenny in “Getting Married Today” from Company, and in “Invocation and Instructions to the Audience” from The Frogs.

Lisa Margaroli



Lisa Margaroli is originally from New York and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Hofstra University. Lisa has performed choral works at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and on tour throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lisa also sings with the Los Robles Master Chorale, California Philharmonic Chorale, and the gospel choir RAISE. She is an active session and live singer and has performed live background vocals for Lou Gramm (Foreigner), "Weird Al" Yankovic, Linda Perry, Juliette Lewis, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Johnny Depp, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Tiffany, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), and on recordings for Seal, Jeff Beck, Harry Nilsson, and most recently for FX's award-winning show, What We Do in the Shadows. Lisa is the lead singer in several bands including The Usual Suspects and It's So Easy - A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt. Lisa performed as one of the Andrews Sisters and as a soloist in the national tour of In the Mood, a 1940s big band revue celebrating the music of WWII. Thank you, Glenn Carlos, for this opportunity to honor and celebrate the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. Website: www.lisamargaroli.com
 
Lisa is featured as Amy in “Getting Married Today” from Company.

Chris McGahan



Chris McGahan is an actor, writer and educator living in Los Angeles. He has studied performance across the country. Originally from Missouri, Chris graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in theatre. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this show. 
 
Chris is writing and performing the narration for Putting It Together: An Evening with Stephen Sondheim. 

Holly Pitrago



Holly Pitrago is from a small town in Michigan where she grew up studying music through private lessons and with her father who was a band director in the local schools. She took up piano at the age of seven and followed in her father’s footsteps with the bassoon at age 11. She later became first chair with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. After receiving her Master of Arts in Theatre Arts, Holly pursued a career of singing and acting, playing various musical theatre roles in New York, in dinner theatres around the country and aboard Premier’s S.S. Seabreeze. Since moving to Los Angeles, Holly’s live singing has included concerts, churches, synagogues, and touring with New Directions Veterans Choir. Holly also works as a session singer and can be heard on film, TV, and sound recordings including Sing 2 (still in theaters). Recent TV singing roles include the voice of Principal Perry on Disney XD’s Lab Rats and Paige in Sue’s uncut a cappella group on ABC’s The Middle. Other TV performances include Physical, Alexa and Katie, Raven’s Home, and No Good Nick. Website: www.hollypitrago.com
 
Holly is singing “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music and Young Phyllis in “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow” from Follies.

Harry Schlager



Harry Schlager studied music at Casper College in Wyoming, then received his Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater Performance from Arizona State University. He has performed in productions at many theaters in Southern California including San Gabriel Civic Light Opera, San Bernardino CLO, and Long Beach CLO among others. Harry was privileged to perform alongside stars of stage and screen, Donald O'Connor, Carol Lawrence and Sandy Duncan, to name just a few. His favorite role was Count Philippe in the Yeston/Kopit version of Phantom. Other productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, The Desert Song, The Student Prince, Kismet and many more. Harry has also performed in a professional Christmas caroling group for more than thirty years!
 
Harry is thrilled to be a part of "Putting It Together." He has performed in two Sondheim Musicals: Pacific Overtures in college and The Frogs at The Attic Theater in Hollywood. This is Harry's third year with The Metropolitan Master Chorale and he wishes to thank everyone involved in this production and for the privilege of singing with this talented group of musicians. 
 
Harry is featured as Paul in "Getting Married Today" from Company and as Young Ben in "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" from Follies.
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