Terry Barber, a multi-talented vocalist who sings all voice registers from low to high, performs at the Crescent Elk Auditorium on Sunday at 3 p.m.to kick off the Del Norte-Curry Concert Association's 2012andndash;13 season.
With an extraordinarily broad vocal range and natural fluency in a wide range of musical styles, the American countertenor is a performer in a class by himself. Barber has been featured on some of the world's most prominent stages and has worked with many of the music industry's most prestigious songwriters, composers and producers.
His recorded voice has appeared on every major label, as well as his own label, rEvolv Music. Whether performing classical or popular favorites, he "breathes new life into everything he sings," and crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls "performances of great vitality and verve."
Other concerts for the Del Norte-Curry Concert Association's 2012andndash;13 season include violinist Ann Fontanella in November, Prima Trio (piano, violin, and clarinet) in April, and the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band featuring singer Meloney Collins in May. To help fulfill the association's mission of promoting musical education in the area, several artists will also provide special daytime outreach concerts to middle and high school students.
As a member of the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Barber was called "... the jewel in Chanticleer's crown ..." With them, he worked his way through the repertoire performing opera, classical, gospel, jazz and folk music in a dozen languages at more than 100 concerts around the globe. In 2002, Barber joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its staging of "Sly," starring Placido Domingo. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004 singing the role of Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with the National Chorale under Martin Josman.
In 2009, Barber founded Artist for a Cause, a non-profit corporation created to organize collaborations between artists and the charities they support. His personal performance project for the organization, A Sacred Journey, features him singing sacred music in the baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano ranges by the best composers through time. The U.S. tour began in early 2010, has its 35th performance this year, and has raised thousands of dollars for community outreach.
Barber's Sunday afternoon program will include classical and operatic favorites, American folk songs, and Broadway tunes.
If you go
What: Terry Barber, vocalist extraordinaire, Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St., Sunday, 3 p.m.
Tickets: Adult $15, children and students with ID admitted free;2012-13 season memberships, $45 (four concerts)
Information: Call 707-465-6572 or 541-661-3390