The Ithaca Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. James Mick, will perform a concert entitled Much Ado About Shakespeare at 4 p.m. on May 2nd at the Hangar Theatre. It will feature works by Elgar, Bach, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Verdi, and Berlioz – some of them directly inspired by Shakespeare's works.  The orchestra is collaborating with members of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, who will perform the scenes associated with those pieces.  Several members of the orchestra will perform as soloists in Vivaldi's Concerto in D Minor, and Ithaca College voice professor Ivy Walz will be featured in an aria from Verdi's Otello.  The public is invited to attend a reception held directly after the concert.  A recommended donation of $5 will be accepted at the door, and children are admitted free of charge.
 
Ivy Walz, mezzo soprano, has performed opera roles with Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival, and Cincinnati Opera. She sang a role with the newly formed Opera Ithaca this spring in their production of Il Sogno. Ivy performs vocal chamber and recital concerts and was a recent guest artist with the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Ensemble. Her concert career includes performances with Symphoria, the Akron Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Cornell University Chorus, and the College Conservatory of Music Chorus. Recent recital highlights include an original program called “Shades of Love: a recital of Modern American Repertoire” which was featured on WCNY. Awards include a grant to perform and study song literature at SongFest at the Colburn School in LA, semi-finalist in the Joy in Singing competition, and regional finalist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award. Ivy holds the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music and the Master and Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College. Ivy is an assistant professor of voice at the Ithaca College School of Music.
 
In addition to directing the ICO, Dr. James Mick is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College. He frequently appears as a guest clinician and conductor with local schools and music festivals. This year he has conducting engagements with honor ensembles in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and New York, where he will be leading a concert series with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Additionally, he has presentation engagements at the national American String Teachers Association conference, the American School of London (UK), and several state music education conferences.
 
Since 2001, the Ithaca Community Orchestra has provided a continuous musical experience for talented players from throughout the Ithaca area.  The ICO has collaborated with the Ithaca Community Chorus, the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, the Family Reading Partnership, the History Center in Tompkins County, and the Museum of the Earth and has been a participant of Spring Writes and the First Friday Gallery Night.  This concert is made possible in part with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership.  The ICO is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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