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Stephen & Caroline Nielson Concert

nielson-thDate: Friday, September 29

Time: 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)

Place: First Presbyterian Church in Baraboo [map]

Cost: Free (offering will be received)

Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time.

His concertizing has taken him to such cities as Hong Kong, Bogotá, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India, to name a few.  He has toured major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan and Switzerland, and is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance.

His North American solo and chamber music itinerary for more than a quarter century numbers concerts in the hundreds, from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miami to Winnipeg and Toronto, Chicago to Dallas.

Hailing a performance in Germany, the Berlin Morgenpost said, “Highly sensitive, articulate artistry,” while Brussels’ Le Soir exclaimed, “Exciting and masterful playing.”

His discography includes recordings of the classical repertoire, music for piano and cello, and hymn tunes in the classical style.  His writing achievements appear in the catalogues of several American publishers.

For more than four decades, Stephen Nielson was one-half of the acclaimed duo-piano team of Nielson & Young, whose breadth of repertoire and performance venues was virtually without comparison.  He continues his ongoing solo activities and is embarking on exciting new musical partnerships in the United States and abroad.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Caroline Nielson recently completed her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Cowdrick. Prior to her graduate studies, she received an undergraduate degree at Belmont University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in German.

Caroline’s operatic roles include Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Dorothée in Cendrillon, the Abbess in Suor Angelica, the Madre superiora in Mese Mariano (Eastman), Nancy in Albert Herring, Mercédès in Carmen, Mrs. McLean in Susannah (Opera in the Ozarks), Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Belmont), and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera). Furthermore, Caroline is an avid performer of chamber and choral music, having been a featured soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Eastman, as well as in numerous cantatas, recitals, and new compositions.

Recently, Caroline was a featured artist in the 2017 Basically Beethoven Festival in Dallas, sponsored each summer by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. She is currently performing and continuing study in the Rochester, NY, area and looks forward to singing with Syracuse Opera next month in the chorus for their production of Bizet’s Carmen.