Jason Hardy, Bass-baritone with Jerome Tan, Pianist

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 4 p.m.

Anton Rubinstein Persian Songs (12), op 34
Jules Massenet Poèmes d’avril
Gerald Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring, op. 18

Described by Opera News as “a commanding bass,” singer Jason Hardy will appear on the last concert of the Candlelight Concerts 2008-09 season. A graduate of Emory University and Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Hardy is emerging as one of the most versatile young talents on the opera and art song stage. He has sung with the New York City, Cleveland and San Francisco Operas, has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has been a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council auditions as well as a finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists. Among the operas in which he has performed are La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Sweeny Todd, Don Giovanni, L’Elisir d’amore, La Cenerentola, The Rake’s Progress, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Salome. Mr. Hardy has perfomed chamber works ranging from Purcell to Prokofiev at the Marlborough Music Festival and has given recitals throughout the country under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. He has recently recorded a CD entitled “Youth and Love.”

Mr.Hardy’s art song recital will take place at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church, just north of Wilton center on Route 33. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 ($10) for students. For more information on this concert or to request to be put on the mailing list for the Candlelight Concerts series, please call (203) 762-3401 or (203) 762-5019. The Candlelight Concerts series benefits the Wilton Library. Tax deductible individual and corporate contributions to the series are gratefully accepted.