PORTLAND – Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada will lead the Portland Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Berlioz’s romantic “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Merrill Auditorium.

The concert will feature guest vocalists Janice Edwards, Dean Elzinga and Mark Nemeskal with the Masterwork Chorus of the Choral Art Society led by director Robert Russell.

The performance observes the 200th anniversary of Berlioz’s birth.

Equally at home in opera, oratorio and recital, Edwards is a mezzo-soprano whose repertoire includes principal Wagner and Verdi heroines as well as major oratorios and various works of Bach. She has performed recitals in the United States, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

Elzinga, a bass-baritone, has performed with orchestras and opera companies around the globe. These appearances include performing Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” with the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Vancouver Symphony; Handel’s “Messiah” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and Baltimore Symphony; Haydn’s “Creation” with the Colorado Symphony; and Bach’s “B-Minor Mass” in Kennedy Center.

When he was a 12-year-old boy soprano with the Boston Archdiocesan Choir, Nemeskal performed in the world premiere of Leonard Bernsteins’s “Mass,” which was commissioned for the opening of the JFK Center for Performing Arts in Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Lowell, and also participated in the graduate opera program at the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Free to concertgoers, a Concert Conversation begins at 6:15 p.m. Merrill Auditorium is in Portland City Hall. The entrance to the auditorium is at 20 Myrtle St.

Tickets for this concert are $49, $42, $34, $25 and $15. They may be purchased at the PortTix box office (open noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday), by phone through PortTix at (207) 842-0800, and online at www.portlandsymphony.com. Discounted tickets for students and seniors are available.


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