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Michigan native and US and Italian citizen Stephen Edwards’ music education began at an early age, with training by his mother, Rosalie Edwards, followed by studies at Interlochen Music Camp and Lawrence University where he was recipient of the “Outstanding Classical Soloist” award sponsored by DownBeat magazine, and selected as a participant in the All-American College Orchestra National Talent Search sponsored by Disney.
Mr. Edwards continued his studies at the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, and immediately started working as a session musician for film and TV composers like Mike Post. An avid pianist, he owns several Steinway pianos from many different eras, and frequently performs on soundtracks for film and TV, including "The Mechanic", "The Prestige", "Desperate Housewives" and many others. He recently released his first solo piano album, "Piano Music from the Movies" which is available online or on CD. A prolific composer, Mr. Edwards has scored more than 60 movies, from comedy to action, martial arts to documentaries. Current projects include “Boyka: Undisputed”, “Cops and Robbers” and “Stoic”. He recently produced and co-directed a feature-length documentary called "Requiem for My Mother" about a new major choral work he composed in honor of his late mother that premiered at the Vatican. Look for the film and CD soundtrack to be released sometime in 2017.
Hailed by The New York Times for their “marvelous” sound and “rich choral singing,” the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus has performed for world leaders, including the Turkish Government and the Ambassador of Rome to the World, and at the world’s most prestigious venues and music festivals. The ground-breaking Chorus made history as the first American ensemble to sing inside of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
Renowned globally for world premieres, diverse repertoire, engaging performances, and international concert television and radio broadcasts, The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus recently performed the world premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Founded in 2007, the Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Candace Wicke, has performed across the United States and abroad including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, and the Vatican, as well as tours through Ireland, Italy, and the Czech Republic, among others. Its inaugural concert took place in 2008 at the prestigious Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra in Rome.
The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus is a part of The Continuo Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that makes its home in Summit, New Jersey. Comprised of singers of all ages, The Continuo Arts Foundation offers music education through an intergenerational choral program, summer musical theater conservatory, and provides performance opportunities for singers locally and around the world.
For more information, visit www.continuoarts.com
Hailed as a “true maestro,” conductor Candace Wicke has concertized across three continents, and is the Founder, President and Executive Director of The Continuo Arts Foundation. Wicke has shared the stage with world renowned artists, including the Vienna Philharmonic and Christoph Eschenbach, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 conducting the world premier of Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms with the Lourdes Singers and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Her collaborations with composer Stephen Edwards include conducting the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus with the City of Prague Philharmonic for the world premiere performance of Edwards’ Requiem for My Mother at the Vatican.
Wicke has conducted at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the first Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Italy, the inaugural season of the Minuetto Music Festival, and the second Giovani Musicisti Festival in Rome, Vatican City, Assisi and Prague. Making history in February of 2014, Dr. Wicke conducted the first concert inside the Sistine Chapel by an American organization which included an encore performance of selections from Edward’s Requiem for My Mother. Ensembles under her baton have received national and international acclaim including concerts with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Turksoy Orchestra at Lincoln Center and the Music Center at Strathmore, the Global International Women’s Summit, Musica Mundi International, and Legatus International. Wicke served as chorus master for the world premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame with her Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, and is a popular guest conductor, adjudicator and master class clinician across the United States. As a champion of new music, Wicke has led world premiere performances at Carnegie Hall, and in Rome, Vatican City, Prague, Ireland, and Australia, among others.
Wicke is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Evangel University, New Jersey’s 2016 Women of Excellence in Arts & Humanities Award Winner for Union County, and received a 2016 Congressional Recognition for dedication and excellence in Arts & Humanities.
Kristopher Jean is a graduate of the University of Miami, Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music in Florida. Born into a musical family, his love for music began when he joined his church choir at age 5. There he discovered his unique talent for singing and the ability to use his voice as an art form. Kristopher has appeared in numerous stage productions throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently, he was a featured soloist with the Continuo Arts Foundation on the prestigious Festival di Musica e Arte Sacra in Italy and with the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company as Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard. Mr. Jean’s operatic roles include Luiz in The Gondoliers, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Rinucci in Gianni Schicchi, Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor, Roderigo in Otello, and Dr. Blind from Die Fledermaus and an ensemble member in The Heights Players production of Ragtime. In 2004 toured Europe with a leading role in the one-act opera Bernadette and appeared as soloist in concert at Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur and Massabielle. In constant demand as a soloist and ensemble singer, Kristopher has performed with such notable arts organizations as the Continuo Arts Foundation, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Key West Pops Orchestra, the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, the Master Chorale of South Florida, Florida Grand Opera, and MidAmerica Productions. His discography includes Requiem for my Mother by Stephen Edwards and Bernadette by Ramon Dominguez.
Award-winning baritone Keith Spencer has performed with leading opera companies and orchestras across the United States, including the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Virginia Opera, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and at the Eastern Music Fesitval. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 singing two of his original compositions in a program entitled Christmas Time in the City. Recognized for his work in contemporary music, he has premiered works by Ed Windells, Robert Alpert, Peter Susser, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Laura Kaminsky, and Albert Ahlstrom, among others. His collaborations with Stephen Edwards began in November 2008 when he sang the world premiere of Requiem for My Mother, which features a baritone solo written especially for him by the composer. The concert was broadcast live on Italian television from The Church of St. Ignatio in Rome, Italy. Mr. Spencer received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, and Master of Music degrees in voice and opera performance from the Manhattan School of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music.
Soprano Beverly Coulter has appeared in concert in Canada, South America, England, Poland, Mexico, Greece, the Czech Republic, and the United States. Her recent operatic performances include the role of Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, Lucia inLucia di Lammermoor, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, and Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue. This past May she performed the role of Mica in the South Florida premiere of Carly Simon’s opera Romulus Hunt. She was the featured soprano soloist in the Florida premiere of Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms, the world premiere of which was performed in Carnegie Hall. Dr. Coulter is the Artistic Director and founder of the Riuniti Opera, and the Director of Opera and Musical Theatre at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. A native of Dallas, Texas, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami.