April 2019

Friday, April 26th at 7:30 pm at Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, at 4235 Mar Vista Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010.

Sunday, April 28th 3:00 pm, at Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, at 4235 Mar Vista Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010.

For the first time, we are combining our two most popular concerts into one gigantic event. Channel Islands Choral Association and outstanding soloists (see below) will join CHICO to present some of the best and most beloved choruses in opera; music by Wagner, Bellini, Puccini and Verdi.

CSU Channel Islands Choir

Hana Chelberg

Czech-born coloratura soprano HANA CHELBERG is lauded for her sparkling agile top and warm timbre. She grew up in Prague performing solos with the renowned Czech Philharmonic Children’s Choir, which sparked her passion for singing. Ms. Chelberg initiated her musical training with years of piano lessons, transitioning into classical voice with the acclaimed Jirina Markova at the Prague Conservatory. 

A frequent performer in Southern California, Ms. Chelberg is a founding member of Ventura’s own Opera by the Glass where she has sung the title roles of Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula in the fall of 2016, and recently Anna in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, generously sponsored by Museum of Ventura County. This winter she made her European debut as Mozart’s Queen of the Night at the North Bohemian Theater of Opera and Ballet in the Czech Republic. She will return there this fall to resume the role of Queen of the Night, and will also debut the Queen at the J.K. Tyl Theater Opera in Pilsen, in addition to the role of Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco. 

Ms. Chelberg is an accomplished concert and oratorio singer. She has appeared with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) in 2015 as Eve in Haydn’s Creation, and performed the soprano solo in Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, at CHICO’s gala fundraiser in April 2017. Together with her OBTG colleagues she was invited to sing at the Ventura Motor Sports Gathering in September 2017. Ms. Chelberg has sung in a number of solo summer concerts in Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in Prague. 

Marcus Klotz

MARCUS KLOTZ is a lyric tenor who is pursuing a career as a classical vocalist as well as a conductor. He completed both his B.A. in Choral Music Education and B.A. in Vocal Performance at Pepperdine University (2016), where he studied voice with both Louise Lofquist and Henry Price. Since completing his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2016, his talents have brought him to perform on a variety of stages. He was featured as a baritone soloist during the Prague Proms performance of Carmina Burana with the Czech National Symphony in Smetana Hall during the summer of 2016.

Previously singing as a baritone, Marcus made the switch to tenor in February 2017 and made his debut in April at the Palm Springs Opera Guild’s Opera in the Park. Since then, he has sung the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Pasadena Opera Guild and has been featured in the Opera Buffs Showcase in the fall of 2017. In 2018, Marcus completed his M.M. in Choral Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. Among his teaching & conducting responsibilities as a master’s student and professor, he was featured as the tenor soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in May 2018. Marcus currently studies with Vladimir Chernov and has had the honor of learning from great artists such as Stephanie Blythe, Vittorio Grigolo, and Timothy Mussard. He hold’s a position as a choral conductor at Pepperdine University as well as the choir director of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village.

Kathleen McVicker

Mezzo-soprano Kathleen McVicker is so very delighted to be performing with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Liu! Previously, Miss McVicker has sung in past winter concerts produced by The Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation and El Coro Maestro under the baton and the direction of Dr. Burns Taft as well as Elizabeth Helms. Miss McVicker has also appeared at the Ventura Music Festival’s Festivo gallery opening at the Museum of Ventura County and it’s subsequent Evening of Note art auction, as well as several fundraisers featuring opera scenes and vignettes through the Young Artist Program at Opera Las Vegas. Kathleen received her Master’s of Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, under the tutelage of Dr. Tod Fitzpatrick, in 2013, where she performed in roles including that of Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore, the role of Florence in Britten’s Albert Herring, as well as completing her own Master’s of Music recital. Among her other accomplishments, Miss McVicker has performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen as well as Don Ettore in Haydn’s La Canterina. As a soloist, Kathleen McVicker has performed the Alto Solos from Handel’s Messiah in a complete concertized production, and Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium. Miss McVicker received her Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, graduating cum laude. She now studies with Reid Bruton in Hollywood. Miss McVicker is currently preparing for a rigorous audition season!

Dianna Burdick

A founding member and performer with Ventura’s Opera by the Glass, Dianna Burdick is devoted to expanding operatic and choral music in Ventura County. As a frequent soloist with CICA and CHICO, she has sung in John Rutter’s Requiem, Menotti’s Amal and the Night Visitors and R. Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, to name a few. She is a proud member of Ventura FUMC Chancel Choir directed by the illustrious Tyler Carlyle. She would like to dedicate this performance to her very understanding family and to Linda Ottsen, her amazing coach and voice teacher.