Washington DC’s very own In Series presents “The Romantics” – a salon style concert, featuring pieces from the heart of the Romantic age. Delve into the historical context, and musical structure of the Schumann Dichterliebe and other poetic masterpieces by Heine. Unforgettable performances and fascinating discussion with tenor, Byron Jones, mezzo soprano Elizabeth Mondragon and featuring pianist Carla Hübner.Join us on November 3rd at 7pm at the German American-Heritage Museum for this special event.
About the Artists:Byron Jones, tenor is well-known to Washington-area audiences, having performed for more than two decades in opera, concert, recital and cabaret settings. Acclaimed for his warmth of tone and clear diction, he has performed with the Washington Opera, The Kennedy Center, Atlas Theatre, Corcoran Gallery, Round House Theatre, The In Series , Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivente, and Florentine Opera. Dr. Jones is Associate Professor of Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, where his activities include directing, teaching, and coordinating opera activities. He has also served on the voice faculty of Seagle Music Colony. He holds degrees in French Language and Literature from the Universities of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Massachusetts-Amherst, and degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland-College Park (Maryland Opera Studio) and Shenandoah University.
Elizabeth Mondragon, mezzo soprano, is a Washington DC and New York City based artist. Her performance experiences range from traditional operatic productions to new music premieres. Principal roles include Carmen, Rosina, Dido, Ma Moss, Giulo Cesara, and Mother in Amahl & the Night Visitoras. She has sung throughout the Northeastern US with companies including Opera North, Camerata Baroque, Amore Opera, One World Symphony, Maryland Lyric Opera, Regina Opera, and the The In Series. Also a lover of concert and recital, she has been a soloist with the Central City Chorus, St. George’s Choral Society and the Astoria Symphony featured in the Bach Christmas Oratorio, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In addition she has been a featured soloist with Ars Musicae Hispaniae, performing music of Spain and Mexico and recitals of 20th/21st century music at the Liederkranz club in New York, and Wiscasset Salon series. She has premiered works by several contemporary composers, and established a long time collaboration with award winning composer, David Sisco, whose songs she premiered at Carnegie Hall. www.elizabethmondragon.comCarla Hubner, pianist is the founding Artistic Director of the In Series, beginning as the Concert Series of the former Mount Vernon College in 1982. During the 1990’s she began producing full chamber operas, alongside and expanding multi-disciplinary arts season, refelcting her interest in dance, new works, and the synergy of the performing arts. The In Series became an independent non-profit organization in 2000, its current season marking 16 years as a vital presence in the DC arts community. During Ms. Hubner’s former career as a concert pianist, she won recognition for performances in recital, and international radio in US, England, Germany, Italy, Holland, and several Latin-American countries, including her native Chile. A protege of the legendary Claudio Arrau, her favorite classical repertory as a soloist centered on Mozart, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy.