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Joyner featured in tenors performance

William Joyner

William Joyner

When three world-renowned tenors perform together on Sunday afternoon, March 30, at 4 at the First Congregational Church, one of them will be a familiar face: William Joyner.

Having sung in more than 40 of the world’s leading opera houses, Mr. Joyner is constantly in demand, and the Fountain Music Series is fortunate to be able to schedule him for this concert.

A native of North Carolina with degrees from Juilliard and American Catholic University, he is a longtime Ridgefield resident and husband of Ridgefield Symphony bassoonist Jacquie Joyner. Bill has performed several times previously for FMS and for several other communitywide events.

Joining Mr. Joyner on March 30 will be Paul Spencer Adkins and Michael Sylvester in a reprise of the spectacular FMS 3 Tenors concert of two years ago. Now, as then, accompaniments will be provided by Edwin R. Taylor, minister of music at First Congregational.

Mr. Adkins, a winner in the First Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, is adjunct assistant professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., in addition to his stage and television appearances around the world.

Widely considered one of the finest lyric spinto tenors of his generation, Michael Sylvester has sung in all the major opera houses of the world. Currently residing in Indiana, Mr. Sylvester serves on the faculties of DePaul University and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

The program will move from 16th Century selections through 20th Century compositions and include spirituals, folk tunes, and Broadway music. A highlight will be the consecutive singing of four of the world’s favorite tenor arias by Puccini, Wagner, and Leoncavallo, and the program will conclude with the three joining voices in Irving Berlin’s Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor from the iconic Emma Lazarus poem The New Colossus.

Fountain Music Series concerts are free. For more information, visit firstcongregational.com or call 203-438-8077.

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