Well known to patrons of the Music Academy of the West and the Santa Barbara Symphony, De Andre Simmons, bass-baritone, will acquaint the Lompoc Music Association audience with, to quote Santa Barbara reviewer Mary Dan Eades, “his velvet voice” on Sunday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m. at the Valley of the Flowers Church at 3346 Vandenberg Village.
Although Mr. Simmons often performs art songs by black composers as well as German lieder, his program on November 12 will include selections from Mozart’s “Le Nozze de Figaro”, Dale Wasserman’s “Man of La Mancha”,Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Company”, and “Anyone Can Whistle”.
Mr. Simmons has sung with musical companies and symphony orchestras throughout the hemisphere, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Columbia Pro Cantare of Maryland, Opera Panama, the Pacific Opera Victoria of Canada, Curtis Opera Theatre of Philadelphia, the Collegiate Chorale of New York, and The Kansas City Symphony.
His operatic performances include roles in “Tosca”, “Aida”, “Carmen”, “Porgy and Bess”, “Showboat”, “Ain’t Misbehavin”, and “Wiz”.
In addition to his vocal training, Mr. Simmons has studied dance and has had leading roles in “Guys and Dolls” and “Hello, Dolly”, performed with Donald Mckayle and Carmen de Lavallade, and brought the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, 2001 Dance Odyssey, to San Diego.
During the summer of 2001, Simmons studied in Graz, Austria at the American Institute of Musical Studies.
Accompanying Simmons will be Julliard graduate Brian Farrell, who studied piano with Jerome Lowenthal and has worked with distinguished artists cellist James Kreger, violinist Fred Sherry and Chao Lang Lin Farrell, and tenor Robert White. Farrell is the recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship and First Prize at the Yamaha Keyboard Competition and has held the position as Assistant Conductor with the Los Angeles Opera.
Season tickets will admit. Tickets at the door are $18.00 for adults and $6.00 for students.