“Famous Love Stories” features music from Porgy & Bess and Romeo & Juliet at the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Sunday, November 14 Classics concert at the Victory Theatre at 4 p.m.

Guest Artists for this romantic afternoon are Angela Brown, Soprano and Reginald Smith, Jr., Baritone, plus the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus joins with accompaniment.

Music Director Roger Kalia conducts this concert version of two very powerful and legendary love stories. Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet’s Suite No. 2, highlights the moving works of “Montagues and Capulets,” and “The Young Juliet” leaves the audience speechless. Gershwin’s poignant and quintessentially American Porgy & Bess, consists of sweeping emotion, blues, and jazz as guest artists sing Summertime, I Got Plenty of Nuttin, and more.

Angela Brown personifies the ideal soprano: sheer vocal power; luxurious finesse; and shimmering, high pianissimos. With a charming personality larger than life, she unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice and has graced the leading opera and symphonic stages across six continents. A featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award® winning recording “Ask Your Mama,” Angela’s international reputation continues to grow.

Her highly successful Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Aida captured instant attention from international print and broadcast media and catapulted Angela onto the world's prestigious opera and symphonic stages Throughout her career, Angela has joined forces with symphonic pops legends Marvin Hamlisch, Jack Everly, and Erich Kunzel while traveling the world for classical performances at Lincoln Center, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Capetown (South Africa) Opera, Moscow Performing Arts Center, and more.

Ms. Brown’s previous solo appearances include: Metropolitan Opera; National Opera of Paris; Bilbao Opera, Spain; Vienna Staatsoper; Opera Philadelphia; Cincinnati Opera; Pittsburgh Opera; Indianapolis Opera; Michigan Opera Theater; Opera Birmingham; Dayton Opera; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Auckland Philharmonia; Leipzip Radio Orchestra; Latvian National Symphony; Moscow Symphony Orchestra; Indianapolis Symphony; Cincinnati Symphony, El Paso Symphony; Knoxville Symphony; and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Angela received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, where she studied with Ginger Beazley. She attended the Indiana University School of Music as a student in the studio of Virginia Zeani. Angela is a proud recipient of the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Governor’s Arts Award from the Governor of Indiana, a Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie in Indiana, and a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame.

Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. has been lauded as a “passionate performer” (New York Times) with an “electric, hall-filling” (The Baltimore Sun), and “thrillingly dramatic” (Opera News) voice that is “one of the most exciting baritone sounds to come along in years” (Opera News). Reginald, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

This season marks the baritone’s debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Uncle Paul in Terrence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, with the San Diego Opera as Don Alfonso in Così Fan Tutte and with Charleston’s Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera as Germont in La Traviata. In concert he will return to the Dallas Symphony for holiday concerts, debut with the Oregon Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, sing Amonasro in Act 3 of Aida with the Atlanta Symphony and perform Messiah with the Nashville Symphony.

Mr. Smith made his much-anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Jim in Porgy and Bess, followed by Amonasro in Aida with the Houston Grand Opera and Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Atlanta Opera. His orchestral appearances included Christmas Pops Concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral engagements included the baritone solo in Carmina Burana for his return to the Houston Symphony and the bass solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at New Jersey Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Symphoria.

Reginald, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

This concert is sponsored by the William E. Schmidt Foundation, and the Chorus is sponsored by Friends of the Chorus.

Purchase adult tickets at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org or call the EPO Ticket Office at (812) 425-5050, Ext 300. For questions and purchases, the box office is available between 10 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Children ages 0 – 6 are free and all full-time students can attend this season’s concerts free (while available). To receive a free student ticket, call the EPO Ticket Office or pick up at the door prior to concert.

$15 and $20 tickets are available for age 18-39 attendees with free membership to CLUB 18│39 at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org/club1839/. Discounted tickets are also available for seniors and military by calling the EPO Ticket Office.

Masks are required at the Victory Theatre at this time. Social distancing is only available in certain sections
and can be requested.