Tue, Feb 06|
First Presbyterian Church
Dr. Christopher Pfund and Lynette Pfund, voice
Join us for the February Lunch Series. We will host 25-minute concerts with guest musicians followed by lunch.
Time & Location
Feb 06, 2024, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA
About the event
Join us Tuesdays in February at 12:15 p.m. for 25-minute concerts with guest musicians followed by lunch. Bring your lunch or purchase one for $5. February 6th Lunch Menu: Cream of Broccoli Soup, SweetBerries Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Montreat Apple Pie, Water, and Lemonade.
February is here and love is in the air. With arias and art songs, this program explores love from several perspectives: its mystical power, eyeing desire, old scars from the past, love from afar, languorous rapture, lasting embraces, dreams of longing, and true love.
Praised by the New York Times for her "easy stage manner" and "fluid vocal technique,” soprano Lynette Pfund has sung with opera companies and concert festivals across the United States. Through her current performing, she seeks to broaden her wide-ranging opera and concert repertoire. She can be heard singing the role of Miss Wordsworth in Britten's Albert Herring on Vox Records. Pfund recently joined the University of Florida’s Opera Theater. She previously taught voice and Opera Workshop at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. She holds both Master of Music and Professional Studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. Because of her great passion for literature, art, and music, combined with a desire to share her love of classical music with children, Pfund earned a Music Education Certification from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She taught elementary music for five years and strives to create and present dynamic opera outreach programs for schools and after-school programs.
American tenor Christopher Pfund has performed to critical acclaim with countless major orchestras and oratorio festivals throughout North America including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the New York Oratorio Society, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. International engagements have included performances in the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Critics have praised his “rounded vocal beauty” and The New York Times called his voice an “attractive tenor [that] helps define a sympathetic character.”
Universally recognized for his irreverent portrayals of the roasting swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Pfund has made the role a pillar of his career with over 150 performances on three continents. His wide repertoire includes not only the standard Baroque masterpieces but also much of the 20th-century canon of concert repertoire.
Mr. Pfund holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, Manhattan School of Music, and The City University of New York Graduate Center. Pfund is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Florida teaching voice and serving as voice area coordinator. Before joining UF, he was an Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Idaho.
Shanna Thompson is a second year Masters student at the University of Florida majoring in Piano performance with a concentration in Sacred Music under Dr. Jasmin Arakawa. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Tampa under Dr. Grigorios Zamparas and is a collaborative pianist, private piano teacher, and worship leader working in the Gainesville and Tampa Bay area.