Great Island Winter Recital Series

Richard Weston

LOCK HAVEN — The Friends of the Pipes at Great Island Winter Recital Series presents Richard Weston, lyric tenor, on Sunday, Feb. 17, for a 1:30 pm performance in the church sanctuary, 12 W. Water St., Lock Haven.

Weston is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He also earned a diploma from the Institute for International Studies in Vienna, Austria. While in college, he focused on musicology and vocal performance. He studied with many voice teachers, most notably Jerome Hines of the Metropolitan Opera.

Weston’s resume is impressive as he has been featured in stage productions, concert stage, film and television. He earned his membership in Actor’s Equity early in his career along with other professional organizations such as SAG (Screen Actors Guild), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists), performing in venues such as Circle in the Square, Symphony Hall (NYC), the Light Opera of Manhattan, Carnegie Hall, and the Opera Music Theater International, to name a few.

His program will include a variety of genres. Handel’s Where E’re You Walk, Verdi’s La donna e mobile from RIGOLETTO, Burleigh’s arrangement of the spiritual, Heav’n. Heav’n, two tunes from Lehar’s comic opera, THE MERRY WIDOW (expect theatrics!), among others will be presented. Mr. Weston’s versatility and expertise will be evident in this delightful program.

Weston has remained musically active since moving to northeast Pennsylvania. He continues to sing, act, and create on the theatrical and concert stage. He is an active member of the Williamsport Music Club and has performed in many central Pennsylvania groups, including “Mostly Opera” in Scranton, The Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Hamilton-Gibson Productions in Wellsboro and at Mansfield and Marywood Universities.

Weston will be accompanied by Deborah Rojas who received her B.S. in Music from Cairns University. As a wife of a military chaplain, Rojas has served many military and civilian communities with her involvement in sacred music, teaching, choral conducting and accompanying. She is also a published composer. Rojas teaches piano, violin and voice in Dushore.

Wendy McCormick will also appear playing the concertina. What’s a concertina? Join us and discover!

Tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds benefit the historic pipe organ restoration project at the church.