O Sole Trio, a classical crossover ensemble featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the versatile David Shenton on piano and violin, will be presented at Arkansas State University - Mountain Home (ASUMH) on Sunday, October 30. The 2 p.m. matinee will be held in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center inside the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $7.50 for students, plus fees. They may be purchased online at www.thesheid.com, by phone at 870-508-6280 or in person at the box office Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at The Sheid.
This brilliant trio sold out Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center! They breathe new life into familiar favorites with From Pavarotti to Pop featuring beloved Italian arias, Neapolitan songs, and pop standards from Sinatra, Connie Francis and Andrea Bocelli. Reviews have called them “Incredible fun!" and "A true tour de force." O Sole Trio takes audiences on a musical journey, revealing how Italian Americans influenced the American popular music scene throughout the decades. From humorous storytelling to their innovative and unique arrangements, this trio combines virtuoso musical feats with an accessible and engaging program of well-known classics to create a show that's "fast-paced, funny and touching, with two stellar voices and commanding accompaniment."
A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, Erin Shields also studied voice in Vienna, Austria. She started her professional career at age 17 when she sang the National Anthem for Michael Jordan & The Chicago Bulls. Since then, her vocal versatility has allowed her to perform a number of different genres all over the country. She has performed leading roles for many reputable music festivals, opera companies and orchestras. Most notable roles: Eliza in My Fair Lady, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Natchez Festival of Music), Okugata in A Story of Three Women (Harmonia Opera, James Demster, cond.), Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Gianetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Opera Intimo, CT), Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (The Little Opera Theater of NY), covered the role of The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (The Little Orchestra Society, Dino Anagnost, cond.) and performed the role of Marina Vlady in the world premiere of Let Us Fly, the life and music of Vladimir Vysotsky, working with TONY Award Winner Larry Hochman (Book of Mormon on Broadway) and director Moni Yakim (Jacques Brel is Alive & Well - Off-Broadway) at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
In 2011, Erin placed as one of the top five grand finalists in the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia. She has performed for many charitable organizations, including the Global AIDS Alliance at Joe's Pub, NYC along with the Brick Church School’s African Dream Academy benefit hosted by news icon Katie Couric.
She has sung numerous times with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night's Dream starring Marcia Gay Harden and Campbell Scott and worked with such renowned conductors as Neeme Järvi, Sir John Elliott Gardner, Sir Neville Marriner and Leon Botstein.
Erin's CD, I'd Rather Be Lonely, features songs from the Great American Songbook and some of the best jazz musicians NYC has to offer.
Canadian Baritone, Giuseppe Spoletini has performed widely throughout Canada and the United States. Some of his previous roles include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il barbiere di Seviglia, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Eacamillo in Carmen, Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment and Papageno in The Magic Flute, to name a few. He has performed with The Opera Theater of Saint Louis, The Opera Company of Brooklyn, Saskatoon Opera Association, The Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Company of the Highlands.
Mr. Spoletini is equally at home on the concert and oratorio stage. When he is not performing Mr. Spoletini teaches from his private studio and is a member of the vocal faculty of the Manhattan School Pre-College as well as co-director of the Musical Theater program in both the Pre-College and Summer Music Camp at the school. Mr. Spoletini’s private students have gone on to study in such prestigious conservatories and summer programs as The Manhattan School of Music college division, The Eastman School of Music, The Hart School, Washington National Opera, The Tanglewood Institute and the Bel Canto Institute. He is also a member of the music Faculty of the Pierrepont School in Westport, Connecticut and is the Director of Music and baritone soloist at the Greenville Community Church in Scarsdale, NY.
Mr. Spoletini recorded his first gospel/inspirational cd entitled “Now Sings My Soul” under the direction of renowned iconic funk legend and producer, Nona Hendryx. He is thrilled to have joined forces with his dear friends, soprano, Erin Shields and pianist/violinist, David Shenton to create the performing ensemble “O Sole Trio.”
David Shenton is an English pianist, violinist, composer, and arranger based in New York City. As pianist/music director David has worked with renowned members of the music profession in all genres, including Vanessa Williams, Tony Bennett, Norm Lewis, Zach Levi, Sierra Boggess, Denyce Graves, Alfie Bøe, Renée Fleming, Sherrill Milnes, Marilyn Maye, Liz Callaway, Sir André Previn, Michael Feinstein, Amanda McBroom, Katie Couric, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and a close working collaborative relationship with lyricist Martin Charnin (creator and lyricist of, among many others, Annie).
A prolific arranger, David has worked for Abbey Road & CTS Studios (London), on Hollywood movies, West End & Broadway shows. He arranged/orchestrated the music for Howard Blake's The Snowman, which has run in the West End since 1998, and has orchestrated several shows in Germany, as well as the newest musical by the Annie team, Robin Hood The Untold Story. In August 2013 David created and orchestrated the original arrangements for a new and exciting group, Opus X, whose début album featured special guest, trumpeter Chris Botti.
David began writing music at the age of 9 and has written hundreds of pieces including a symphony, 2 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos and 2 string quartets all composed before the age of 11. Recent works include a double jazz violin concerto, several songs, and 5 musicals, all of which have premiered in New York.
David’s solo piano CD, Sunnyside Blues, has won high acclaim as well as several awards. David’s ballet, Ascension, was commissioned by The Pendulum Aerial Dance Company in Portland (OR), who performs this work frequently. David wrote his first film score for Franc Reyes' drama, Beauty, which was screened in Hollywood, Miami and New York.
David teaches extensively and, as a coach, accompanist and teaching professor, has been on the faculties of NYU, The New School, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, was visiting professor of violin and piano at St. Thomas Choir School for 4 years, and is entering his sixth year as the Music Director at Grace Church School in Manhattan. He is also a composer in residence in the advanced class of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Born in Rotherham (South Yorkshire), England, David studied violin and piano at The Royal College of Music, London from where he graduated with the highest honors.
October 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM