Join the Ocala Symphony Chorus and members of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra for a fantastic program! OSO Chorus Director, Joshua Mazur, is guest conductor for this performance and will share the stories behind these hauntingly beautiful pieces.
Pieces on the program include:
Requiem – Gabriel Faure
Lux Aeterna – Morton Lauridsen
Sleep – Eric Whitacre
Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Five Hebrew Love Songs – Eric Whitacre
The Ground – Ola Gjeilo
Bariton Soloist | Faure Requiem
Faure Requiem, Bariton Soloist for Celestial Reflections
Bass-baritone, Anthony Offerle’s credits include performances with the OperaEstate in Rome, Cincinnati Opera, Mississippi Opera, Intermountain Opera, Dayton Opera, and Opera Wyoming. He has performed as featured soloist with the International Chamber Orchestra (Italy), Charleston and Savanah Symphonies, Gainesville Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, the Detroit Opera Orchestra, and the Brevard Symphony. The native of Miami, FL has sung over 30 leading roles including the title characters in Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale. An active concert performer, the New York Amsterdam News said of his recent recital debut in Manhattan…”Offerle brought to his selections an exceptionally beautiful baritone, fine technical command and considerable interpretive skill. He proved to be a compelling singing-actor.” Offerle is a two-time Metropolitan Opera auditions district winner and regional finalist, a national winner of the Federation of Music Clubs vocal competition, and one of only ten Americans selected to compete in the quadrennial Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition. Dr. Offerle is an Associate Professor of Voice at The University of Florida School of Music and Director of the UF Opera Theatre. He is also on the faculty of the award-winning Operafestival di Roma in Italy.
Soprano Soloist | Faure Requiem
Faure Requiem, Soprano Soloist for Celestial Reflections
Laura Zalneraitis received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Vocal Music Performance from the University of South Dakota. She currently serves as a Voice Professor at College of Central Florida, Seminole State College, and a Musical Theatre Voice Professor at Florida Southern College.
At the University of South Dakota, Laura taught applied voice and public school vocal literature and techniques. Her roles include Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Monica in The Medium. Both of these productions received National Awards. Additional shows that she has held roles in are: Oklahoma!, Pinocchio, Die Fledermaus, Too Many Sopranos, Oliver!, and L’elisir d’amore. After her graduate studies Laura was the assistant stage director for the University of South Dakota’s opera productions of Too Many Sopranos and The Tender Land.
Laura has performed regularly with the Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. in Sioux Falls, SD and Opera Orlando in Orlando, FL. Her first performance was in the production of The Magic Flute with Samuel Ramey. Laura has won several solo awards, most recently receiving first place at the NATS Young Artist Competition for the South Dakota Region in 2014 and first place in the MTNA Young Artist Competition for the South Dakota Region in 2013.
Joshua L. Mazur
Joshua L. Mazur, Conductor, enjoys a budding career as a singer, conductor, and educator. Most recently featured in the tenor roles of Don Jose (Valdosta State University Guest Artist) and The Phantom (Ocala Symphony Orchestra) he was seen previously in principal baritone roles such as Silvio (Imperial Symphony Orchestra) and Gianni Schicchi (Florida Southern College Opera Theater). He has sung on masterclasses for such artists as Stella Zambalis, Mark Thomsen, Thomas Potter, Victoria Livengood, and Jennifer Larmore. He won the TBNATS “Most Promising Male Singer” award three consecutive years and was the Florida state winner of the NATS Artist Award in 2014.
In addition to his work as a singer, Joshua is an accomplished pianist. He serves Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Gainesville, Florida as Director of Music Ministry and Organist as well as the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Capella Nova, Inc. as Music Director and Conductor.
Joshua has composed music for choirs and orchestras as well as scored soundtrack music for the films AFTER MIDNIGHT (2016) and I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVED YOU (2018). In 2011 he recorded vocals to the soundtrack for THE VOICES OF MARIEL, a film about the participants of the Mariel boat lift in 1980. The film was screened at several national film festivals to great critical acclaim. He is published exclusively by Musicspoke.
Mr. Mazur holds a Bachelors degree in Voice Performance from Florida Southern College and a Masters degree in Voice Performance and Conducting from the University of Florida.