Festa Italiana

June 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm and June 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

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Think of Italy and you hear glorious music – serenading gondoliers, impassioned opera heroines, exulting choirs. You don’t have to travel to enjoy these beautiful sounds – the Folsom Lake Symphony is devoting its season finale to the music of this inspiring country.

Festa Italiana, our annual pops concert, will be performed at the Harris Center on June 3, 7:30 p.m., and June 4, 2:00 p.m.

Conductor Peter Jaffe has compiled a repertoire that ranges from classical opera – which the Italians virtually invented – to traditional Neapolitan songs such as “That’s Amore,” movie themes by Italian composers, Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide and Capriccio Italien, a piece Peter Tchaikovsky wrote to celebrate a visit to Rome.

An evening in Italy wouldn’t be complete without vocalists, and this performance features three: soprano Yelena Dyachek, lyric tenor Eric Margiore and tenor Bradley Wisk.

Dyachek, a graduate of El Dorado Hills’ Oak Ridge High School, was one of five winners in this year’s prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, beating 1,500 singers from the United States and Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Pacific and a master’s from the University of Southern California.

Margiore has twice won the Connecticut opera Guild Competition and was a Metropolitan Opera Auditions semifinalist. Since his professional debut with the Tulsa Opera in 2007, he has performed some of opera’s most coveted roles. He holds degrees from New York University and the Mannes College of Music.

With an unusually flexible voice range, from low baritone to high tenor, Wisk has performed opera nationwide and sings in many genres. He may look familiar: He was featured on the 2012 America’s Got Talent and 2014 The Bachelorette shows. Bradley earned music degrees from Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music.

Tickets to Festa Italiana can be purchased on this website, by calling 916-608-6888 or by visiting the Harris Center ticket office on the campus of Folsom Lake College in Folsom.

Yelena Dyachek, Soprano

Eric Margiore, lyric tenor

Bradley Wisk, tenor