Opera at Florham Presents a Thanksgiving Harvest

Madison, NJ – November 16, 2009 – Opera at Florham presents a Sunday afternoon of music from operatic masters in the November 22nd Thanksgiving cabaret in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. The program begins at 3 p.m.

Returning by popular demand, Denise Mihalek will be joined by Danielle Sinclair and Kathy Shanklin as the piano accompanist with Maestro Robert Butts serving as music coordinator.

Denise Mihalik has performed extensively through out the United States with such companies as Lyric Opera Cleveland, Natchez Opera Festival, Greensboro Opera Company and Opera Festival of New Jersey. 

She has toured nationally with the National Opera Company, performing as Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Meg Page in “Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor” and Perichole in “La Perichole.” She has also sung Hänsel in “Hänsel und Gretel,” Siebel in “Faust,” and Flora in “La Traviata” with Anton Coppola. Additionally she has appeared in musical theater productions, plays, and on the concert stage in solo appearances.

Mihalik is presently on the faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, N.J.

Danielle Sinclair has performed with orchestras throughout the country in works ranging from Bach's “Magnificat” and “St. John Passion” to Respighi's “Lauda per la Natività del Signore” and Orff's “Carmina Burana.” She has appeared in numerous operatic roles including Musetta in “La Bohème,” Despina in “Così fan tutte,” Zerlina in “Don Giovanni,” Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” and Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance.”

In April1995, Sinclair won the prestigious Opera at Florham Guild Competition and in July of that year she performed on the Apollo Muses Concert Series to critical acclaim.

Sinclair has been a frequent guest artist on Westminster Conservatory's Concert and Recital Series, and performs frequently with the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Carnegie Hall. In 2004 she performed in the ensemble of the World Premiere performance of Charles Wuorinen's opera “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” with New York City Opera.

Sinclair co-founded the Westminster Conservatory Youth Opera Workshop in 2000 and serves as its director. She is currently on the roster of New York City Opera.

In addition to her faculty position at Westminster Conservatory, pianist Kathy Shanklin is the director of music at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Bridgewater and the organist at Temple Beth El in Somerville, N.J. In October 2004 she was rehearsal accompanist for the first production of Peter Westergaard's opera “Moby Dick.” Formerly she was staff accompanist for Opera Festival of New Jersey/June Opera and the music director of the Princeton Ballet School. 

Shanklin has degrees in music from Western Illinois University and Indiana University, Fort Wayne, and has pursued graduate studies in accompaniment at Westminster Choir College.  At Westminster Conservatory Ms. Shanklin also teaches in the early childhood department.

Patrons may bring their tailgate menus at 2 p.m. There is no reserved seating, but groups of ten may reserve a table. Light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is $35, seniors 65+, $30, and students 22 and under with ID, $10. For more information, call the Opera at Florham office, 973-443-8620. 


For Immediate Release

The Mansion



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