Music @ Main: Intermezzo with Regina Torres, Stephen Mumbert & Bonita Wyke

Event Type: Library Program
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen
Date: 1/8/2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
 Mezzo-soprano Regina Torres, baritone Stephen Mumbert and pianist Bonita Sonsini Wyke join forces for an afternoon of song!

Described as a “tour de force of vocal virtuosity married to a fabulous stage presence” (Captain Classics–WFCF, St Augustine), mezzo-soprano Regina Torres wields her voice with equal acclaim in opera and musical theater. Her powerful and beautiful sound has thrilled audiences in her portrayals of such vastly different roles as the gypsy Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. As a comedienne, Ms. Torres has brought down the house as the evil-rapping Witch in Into the Woods and the gingerbread-gobbling, broomstick-riding Ogress in Hansel and Gretel. Her comedic talents have proven perfectly suited to Gilbert and Sullivan, with acclaimed performances as "Counsel for the Plaintiff" (Trial by Jury), "Duchess of Plaza-Toro" (The Gondoliers), and "Little Buttercup" (HMS Pinafore). On the more serious side, Ms. Torres has been soloist for large-scale choral works including Messiah, Elijah, and Mozart’s Requiem. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida and a Performance Diploma in Voice from the Indiana University School of Music.

Since 2002, baritone Stephen Mumbert has been performing opera, oratorio, and art songs throughout the U.S. and Europe, including with the Fort Worth Opera, Opera Naples, and the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Aldeburgh Festival in England. His degrees include a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a Master of Music in Opera from the Boston Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Stetson University.

Bonita Sonsini Wyke has been an active part of the Jacksonville music community since 1985, and in working with many of the First Coast's leading vocalists, instrumentalists and musical ensembles has earned the reputation as a musician of unsurpassed sensitivity, technical skill and artistry. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she has performed for over four decades as a collaborative pianist and harpsichordist with singers, choral groups, instrumental soloists, and orchestral and instrumental ensembles, and especially enjoys four-hand piano literature. She has been the music director for a wide variety of stage productions, including opera, musical theater and ballet. In addition to coaching seasoned performers, Ms. Sonsini Wyke has helped student musicians hone their craft at a number of area universities and music schools.

Presented monthly (Sept.-June) in the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium, Intermezzo concerts are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required. Free Sunday parking is available in the public garage at Duval and Main; bring your ticket into the Library for validation. Free on-street parking is also available on weekends.

Next concert: Mimi Noda & Kyungju Lee, piano 4-hands
Library: Main Library
Location: Hicks Auditorium
Contact: Kathleen Brunner
Contact Number: 630-2665
Presenter: Kathleen Brunner