Richmond County Orchestra: At the Movies

“Richmond County Orchestra at the Movies” features popular songs from movies including music by John Williams used in Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Superman, and more. Featured performances include the Brighton Heights Reformed Church Youth Orchestra, a world premiere by composer Gregory Houston, and movie favorites Somewhere over the Rainbow and Let It Go performed by Alison Madill.

$15 admission | Free for children and students
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The evening features Staten Island resident Gregory Houston, whose piece (inspired by the film Ester) will be performed by the RCO as a world premiere. Mr. Houston is a freelance musician with ten years experience as a composer, conductor, arranger and pianist. His music has been performed and read by numerous ensembles such as the WetInk, Da-Capo Chamber Players, Brooklyn College Ensemble and the Russian National Orchestra. In 2016 his chamber music was presented at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn Estonia. He is Assistant Conductor for Trilogy Opera Company where in January of 2014, he conducted the World Premiere of the opera “A Bird That Wants To Fly” by Micheal Raphael in Newark, New Jersey.

The Brighton Heights Reformed Church Youth Orchestra is comprised of students ages 4 to 17 who perform at church and community events.

Alison Madill received an undergraduate degree in music from West Virginia University as well as a masters in music from Bowling Green State University.  She has performed as a young artist with the Toledo Opera and was a featured performed with The Huron Playhouse and Emerald Island Repertory Theater.  She has sung with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She has studied at the Austrian- American Mozart Academy in Salzberg Austria where she performed such roles as Die Konigan Der Nacht from die Zauberflute and Valencienne from Die Lustige Witwe. She is currently splits her time between raising her family, working on Wall Street and working as the creative arts assistant for the Church at the Gateway in Staten Island.

Soprano Cheryl Warfield has performed over 15 lead roles in the standard operatic repertoire during her career, including the title roles of Tosca, Aida and La Gioconda. An outstanding arts administrator and creator/ producer of innovative vocal arts programs, Cheryl is a founding member and producer for Amore Opera in Manhattan and artistic director of the Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera), where she has produced concert performances of Verdi’s “Ernani,” “Il trovatore,” and “Aida,” and Puccini’s “Tosca,” conducted by Anton Coppola.  She founded ADVANCE, a not-for-profit vocal arts organization that produces concerts of classical music, including the spirituals concert, “Paul Robeson: A Celebration of Culture,” and the one-woman musical “Meet Dorothy Maynor,” about the life and career of the Harlem School of the Arts founder.