Friday, February 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary’s Attic Rooftop Longue
3037 Olive Street
The Young Friends of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and of Jazz St. Louis co-host a happy hour event, featuring drinks and appetizers and a sneak peek of music from Champion. Terence Blanchard will be joined by singer Aubrey Allicock (who plays the role of Young Emile in the opera) and celebrated jazz pianist Peter Martin.
RSVP to (314) 963-4295 or on Facebook.
World-renowned jazz musican and trumpet player Terence Blanchard is known for his work as a composer of hauntingly beautiful jazz pieces for small ensembles, symphonic settings, film, and stage. He has received five Grammy Awards, including the 2007 Large Ensemble Grammy for A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Most recently for film, he wrote the score to Lucasfilm’s Red Tails, which chronicled the story of the Tuskegee pilots and starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. His music was also recently represented on Broadway with the score to Emily Mann’s new production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Blair Underwood.
As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2010, Aubrey Allicock performed the roles of Zaretskyin Eugene Onegin and covered the title role of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. In the prior season of 2009 he sang the role of the Customs Official in La bohème and also covered the role of Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles. In addition to OTSL, Aubrey has performed with the Wexford Festival Opera, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic and most recently with Concerts-Austria where his was the bass soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Massat Karlskirche. He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. in Chamber Music PLUS’sproduction of New World: Portrait of H.T. Burleighwhich featured the music of Antonín Dvořák.
In the 2010-11, Mr. Allicock joined the Metropolitan Opera where he covered the roles of Astarottein Armida and Marulloin Rigoletto. He returned to Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2011 in his role debut as Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer.
He is a Sullivan Foundation Grant winner for 2013 and a 2012 recipient of the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers from Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator. His touring career has taken him to six continents numerous times. In January 2011 Peter performed with a select group of jazz artists at the White House for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama.
Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy winning release A Little Moonlight and appeared in George Clooney’s 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck as well as being the featured pianist and an arranger on the Grammy winning soundtrack. Peter has also performed, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Peter attended the Juilliard School of Music and is presently on the faculty of Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). He has performed workshops and master classes at institutions worldwide, including Oberlin College, Northwestern University, Duke University, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, Steinway Piano Gallery, the Rotterdam Conservatory, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow.