Litha Symphony Orchestra’s 2023 Summer Season Features Soprano Sara Pearson

By Chris Ruel

The Litha Symphony Orchestra has unveiled its lineup for the 2023 summer season, centered on romance.

Comprising three concerts, two symphonic and one featuring vocal performance, the series culminates in an emotionally charged finale entitled “Lost Love.”

The concert, conducted by Teresa Chung and held on August 26, 2023, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in New York City, will showcase compositions including Rodgers’ “The Carousel Waltz,” Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, and the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

Accompanying the ensemble is soprano Sara Beth Pearson, making her Wagner debut with the orchestra. The soprano is known for her interpretations of great Italian heroines, including Puccini’s Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Mimì, and Suor Angelica, Verdi’s Leonoras, both in “Il Trovatore” and “Forza del destino,” and Nedda in “Pagliacci.”

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Ms. Pearson has performed extensively with Baltimore Opera, Annapolis Opera, Washington National Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. Last season, she performed the role of Nella in “Gianni Schicchi” with On Site Opera and featured a signature aria, ‘Vieni t’affretta,’ from Verdi’s “Macbeth,” as the Second Soprano in Terrence McNally’s play Master Class at The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.

Established in 2012, the Litha Symphony Orchestra fills the summer gap in classical orchestral music in the New York metropolitan area. To symbolize their mission, the orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Eric Hayslett, consistently presents a wide range of music from Mozart to Mahler. By adopting the name “Litha,” the orchestra embraces the essence of the summer solstice, showcasing its dedication to bringing classical music to audiences throughout the summer.