News Article | May 1, 2017
Previously, Admiral McGinn served on active duty in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. He served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, overseeing the development of future Navy capabilities, and previously commanded the United States Third Fleet. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. Admiral McGinn is a former President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he led efforts to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Admiral McGinn is also a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, the Bipartisan Center Energy Board, the past Co-Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, and has been an International Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Admiral McGinn holds a BS in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College. He also participated in the National Security Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. McGinn stated, "I am honored to join the board of this dynamic and innovative company. HALO's world-class maritime security solutions represent the very best in technology and customer focused engineering." Eric Johnson, HALO's CEO praised the addition. "Admiral McGinn brings a wealth of leadership and technical acumen to our Board and to the company. I look forward to working with him as we build on our successes and expand the company globally." ABOUT HALO MARITIME DEFENSE SYSTEMS HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HALO) offers unique maritime sea barrier solutions to secure critical assets vulnerable to water-based attacks. In a security-conscious world, both government assets (Naval bases, ships and facilities) and commercial and private assets (ports, terminals, nuclear power plants, and oil & gas rigs) have a real, immediate, and critical need for high levels of protection. HALO Maritime Defense Systems' next generation patented maritime security products offer unique solutions to difficult marine security scenarios. Installed systems demonstrate increased protection against threats, in a smaller footprint with lower competitive lifecycle costs. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dennis-mcginn-joins-the-board-of-halo-maritime-defense-systems-300448935.html
News Article | April 25, 2017
It’s not easy to communicate excitement around energy efficiency because it’s all about HVAC upgrades, incremental improvements to boiler systems, and LED lightbulbs. But with the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP –an Apprentice-style energy efficiency face-off in which teams from two organizations try to find wasted energy in the other’s operations–the Department of Energy makes a good show of it. Watching teams of energy professionals nitpick each other’s facilities is surprisingly good viewing, even if the made-for-TV rivalry and portentous voiceover feels too much like The Apprentice at times. The first installment last year saw Whole Foods take on Hilton Worldwide, before a second pitted the Air Force Academy against the Naval Academy. The latest turns to cities, with Boston taking on Atlanta. Teams from each city visit a range of properties, including airports, libraries, water treatment works, and streets. They find faults in corridor airflows, rhapsodize about rooftop solar panels, and needle each other about phantom light fixtures and the height of heating fans. It’s great fun. The serious point, says Maria Vargas, head of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings program, which commissions the web series, is to show how organizations can learn from each other. “Hopefully by seeing real world situations and obstacles, SWAP provides a place for people to learn and feel empowered about making energy efficiencies,” she tells Fast Company. “There’s money investment involved here and people are naturally risk-averse. Seeing other cities do it, and seeing the investments work out, is good information to have.” The first two SWAP series have been viewed about 2 million times on YouTube. Started by the Obama Administration, the Better Buildings program looks to spread efficiency to the nation’s commercial stock, including offices, schools, and city works. Buildings in total account for at least one third of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and in many cases there’s good money to be had from the cost savings earned from efficiency upgrades. The U.S. spends $200 billion to operate its commercial property, Vargas says, and frequently older buildings can deliver 20% savings just from doing basic things, like installing better lighting, heating systems, or windows. “A lot of organizations will say they’re energy efficient, but when you probe it a little, you find they’ve done one building or they’ve changed some lights. We’re pushing a deeper, more thorough approach,” she says. Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield, Atlanta’s chief resilience officer, says appearing in the SWAP helped her learn a few useful things, including how Boston does procurement of energy-efficiency technology. It also made her jealous that Georgia doesn’t have Massachusetts’s regulatory framework, including energy-efficiency targets and a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that requires utilities to increase their use of renewables over time. The lack of such measures in Atlanta makes funding projects harder, she says. “The city of Atlanta is a bit of bubble where we get [energy efficiency]. That’s not the case with the rest of the state necessarily,” she says in an interview. “We still have some climate deniers that we have to grapple with.”
News Article | May 26, 2017
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the commencement address at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass.; U.S. Naval Academy graduates throw their hats into the air in celebration at the end of the graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md.; President Trump before the start of the G-7 summit in the Sicilian town of Taormina, Italy. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Prior to joining the firm, McNally spent seven years as a management consultant, most recently with Strategy&, where he focused on healthcare and innovation. He was responsible for working with traditional and non-traditional healthcare clients to formulate and drive strategic, innovative solutions to their business issues. Additionally, he focused on customer strategy and innovation with an emphasis on leveraging digital channels to support business strategy. Prior to that role, McNally focused primarily on the healthcare and financial services industries on projects that included channel strategy, operating model design and strategic venture analysis. Prior to his consulting career, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. McNally holds a B.S. in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from UCLA's Anderson School of Management. About Russell Reynolds Associates Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, executive search and succession planning for boards of directors, chief executive officers and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 400 consultants in 47 offices around the world, we work closely with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today's challenges and anticipate the digital, economic, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/russell-reynolds-associates-hires-charles-mcnally-300461735.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Veterans who want to own their own business can now do so with lower start-up costs, thanks to a 20 percent discount announced today by ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), one of the largest franchisors of service companies in the world. The company recently increased the discount it offers to veterans who purchase one of its franchises as a way to share its appreciation for their service, and to provide veterans with an even more affordable opportunity to put their leadership skills to work as a business owner. “As a veteran myself, I couldn’t be more proud of the long history that ServiceMaster has in helping service members transition to civilian life by building successful businesses,” said Mary Kay Wegner, president of ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. “We have a number of owners within our network who have served our country, and today, they’re making valuable contributions as business leaders in their communities,” said Wegner. “By helping veterans build prosperous futures for themselves and their families, we’re also helping to create jobs, which strengthens local economies – and makes our nation even stronger.” The 20 percent discount applies to AmeriSpec, a home inspection company; Furniture Medic, a furniture and cabinet repair and restoration business; Merry Maids, a leading home cleaning provider; ServiceMaster Clean, one of the country’s leading commercial cleaning and floor care service providers; and ServiceMaster Restore, one of the leading disaster restoration companies in the nation. According to Mike Pearce, vice president and chief development officer for ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group, new owners receive extensive training, as well as access to products, systems, marketing support and more, including a home office team that is committed to their success. There are also expansion opportunities beyond the initial franchise, he said. “As their business grows and an owner looks to expand their footprint in the marketplace, they can do so within the ServiceMaster portfolio rather than purchasing from different franchise providers. We have a number of owners who have franchises in more than one brand.” If you’re a veteran interested in learning more about ServiceMaster franchise opportunities, visit www.ownafranchise.com. ServiceMaster pioneered franchising in 1952 and the company continues to lead the way in the franchising industry. Today, the ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group is one of three business units of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Through more than 5,000 franchised and licensed locations and more than 33,000 franchise employees, the ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group provides residential and commercial services through five brands: AmeriSpec, Furniture Medic, Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore. Services include home inspections, on-site furniture and cabinet repair and restoration, residential and commercial cleaning, and disaster restoration. In total, this division provides services in all 50 states and 13 countries. For more information, visit www.servicemaster.com, or follow the company at facebook.com/ServiceMaster, linkedin.com/ServiceMaster and twitter.com/ServiceMaster. ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) solves the homeowner’s dilemma. Every day, we visit more than 75,000 homes and businesses through our extensive service network of expert professionals. Technology powers our trusted experts to engage with customers so they can order, buy and receive services when, where and how they want them. Our well-recognized brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial and residential floor cleaning), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control). Like, follow or visit us at facebook.com/ServiceMaster, linkedin.com/ServiceMaster, twitter.com/ServiceMaster, or servicemaster.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today more than 100 students from three schools in Washington, D.C., had the opportunity to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and get hands-on experience in targeted workshops at the Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) college and career symposium. Taking place at the University of the District of Columbia, ATLAS was hosted by MdBio Foundation, a non-profit that provides STEM education and workforce development to underserved communities, in partnership with Building Engineering & Science Talent (BEST), a public-private partnership dedicated to strengthening U.S. leadership in science and technology, and the Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Development Office, which seeks to attract, inspire and develop exceptional STEM talent across the education continuum to enrich the current and future DoD workforce. “We are excited to expand our successful ATLAS program into D.C. and hope to pique the interest of students typically underrepresented in STEM, offering them new perspectives on their continued education and preparation for their careers,” said Brian Gaines, CEO of the MdBio Foundation. “We are pleased, too, to join forces for the first time with DoD STEM Development Office. We share similar goals for building a STEM-educated workforce for the future, and look forward to a long relationship of working together to encourage more young people to pursue these types of rewarding careers.” Kicking off ATLAS was a keynote address from Dr. Justin Rice, a software systems engineer for the Flight Software Systems Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Rice shared his inspiring personal journey, telling students how education, hard work and discipline led him from humble beginnings in Jackson, Miss., to being appointed to a distinguished leadership position at NASA before the age of 30. Then the students – who hailed from three D.C. Public Schools: McKinley Technology High School, Columbia Heights Educational Campus, and the Tech Prep High and Collegiate Academy campuses of the Friendship Public Charter School – attended a college and career expo, which included local universities and companies from across the DC area. They toured UDC’s Green Roof, the largest food-producing green roof on the East Coast, featuring more than 40,000 square feet of garden space, and the university’s engineering labs, which showcased 3-D printing, biomedical rehabilitation and nanotechnology. Students also had the chance to participate in one of three hands-on workshops: “BioEngineering: The Application of Engineering Innovations to the Life Sciences,” presented by U.S. Naval Academy STEM Center; “The Making of Materials, Magnets & Atoms,” presented by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division; and “Digitally INclined Web Game Development,” presented by Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Now its eighth session, MdBio Foundation has hosted past ATLAS events across Maryland in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and on the Eastern Shore. “ATLAS is engaging the community and energizing high school students in D.C. and Maryland about STEM careers through hands-on experiences from our DoD partners, higher education and regional business leaders,” said Karen Harper, vice president of BEST. “We are thrilled with the success of this event and the impact that it has on the future generation of STEM leaders.” MdBio Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective and experiential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development opportunities to underserved communities. MdBio’s interdisciplinary approach uses STEM to explore a real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school, community, health and business. The foundation’s flagship program is a mobile laboratory for high schools that has provided quality educational experiences to more than 150,000 students throughout the state of Maryland since its launch in 2003. MdBio also operates other celebrated STEM education programs, such as the Young Science Explorers Program for middle school students, the Maryland BioGENEius Award, and ATLAS: Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM college and career symposium. Visit www.mdbiofoundation.org or follow on social media @MdBioFoundation.
News Article | May 23, 2017
MUNICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brainlab AG today announced its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Joseph A. Doyle intends to retire within the next year, after nearly 20 years of service with the company. A well-respected leader, Doyle, 55, joined Brainlab in 1998 as Vice President and was promoted in 2000 to the Management Board as CFO, where he is responsible for leading the company’s global Finance Organization, Investor Relations, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Accounting and Controls, Financial Reporting, Business Development, Quality Management, Legal, Compliance and Risk Management. Mr. Doyle also served as Chief Operating Officer from 2001-2009. During Doyle’s tenure as CFO, the company has grown from 300 employees and revenues of € 48 million to 1,270 employees and revenues of € 260 million. Prior to joining Brainlab, Doyle served 7 years with Varian in marketing and business development roles, and as a decorated officer in the US Navy Submarine Force. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University. "I am extremely grateful for Joseph's vital contributions to our company as CFO," said Stefan Vilsmeier, Brainlab's Founder and Chief Executive Officer. "Joseph oversaw a period of rapid revenue growth and expansion from when he joined in 1998 and helped us execute on several strategic initiatives. I personally most value Joseph’s sharp analytical mind and foresight, serving as a crucial sparring partner. I know I speak for everyone at Brainlab when I thank him for his many contributions as a member of the management board.” Mr. Doyle added, "I am proud of all that we have accomplished at Brainlab over the past 20 years. I am confident that we will identify a strong CFO to continue to build on these accomplishments and I look forward to working closely with the new CFO to ensure a successful transition." Doyle added, ”It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of the great team at Brainlab and I look forward to assisting the company with the search and transition process.” After retiring, Mr. Doyle will continue to provide services to the company in an advisory capacity. Brainlab develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology, enabling access to advanced, less invasive patient treatments. Brainlab technology powers treatments in radiosurgery as well as numerous surgical fields including neurosurgery, orthopedic, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma. Founded in Munich in 1989, Brainlab has over 11,800 systems installed in over 100 countries.
News Article | May 11, 2017
KALAMAZOO, MI, May 11, 2017-- For their final concert of the 2016-2017 season, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni for Maestro Raymond Harvey's last performance as Music Director. Maestro Harvey brings an international cast of opera stars to the stage for the first KSO performance of this masterwork since 1980. In Don Giovanni, Mozart brings the escapades of Don Juan, a fictional libertine, to life. Blending comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural, Don Giovanni has become one of the most performed operas of all time.For more than 35 years, Raymond Harvey has made a significant impact as an American conductor of great skill and insight. Born in New York City, he studied piano and conducting, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in choral conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and then studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music, earning Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.This season Maestro Harvey celebrates 18 years as Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the top post at the Fresno Philharmonic (California), Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts), and El Paso Opera (Texas).Maestro Harvey has appeared as guest conductor with many of America's leading orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Detroit, New Orleans and Minnesota, as well as the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts and the Boston Pops. He has also had engagements with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy, the Pusan Symphony of South Korea, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. He regularly performs as a pianist, both in chamber music and as pianist/conductor in works of Gershwin, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff.In addition to his commitment to Kalamazoo, Dr. Harvey has been named an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, where he serves as Music Director of the Moores School of Music opera department. His operatic repertoire is extensive, including favorites such as Carmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot, and Aida; as well as the more rarely performed The Consul, The Rape of Lucretia, and Samson and Delilah.The Kalamazoo community continues to embrace Raymond Harvey through appreciation of his compelling performances and engaging lectures.Buck Ross holds the Edythe Bates Old Chair in Opera at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, where he is the director of the Moores Opera Center. Mr. Ross founded the Opera Center in 1985 and has led it to national prominence as one of the largest university opera production programs in the country. He has staged productions for the Houston Grand Opera, Nevada Opera, Kentucky Opera, El Paso Opera, Houston Symphony, and Augusta Opera among others. For many years he was director of dramatic studies for the Houston Opera Studio and co-director of the apprentice program for the Des Moines Metro Opera. Particularly noted for his work in contemporary opera, he is the first person to direct all the completed operas of Daniel Catan including Florencia en el Amazonas, Salsipuedes, Il Postino, and Rappaccini's Daughter. He has directed productions of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, David Carlson's Anna Karenina, William Bolcom's A Wedding, Jonathan Dove's Flight, Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath, Daron Hagen's Amelia, Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry, Thomas Pasatieri's Frau Margot, Dominick Argento's Miss Havisham's Fire and Casanova's Homecoming and Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree. His productions are frequently award winners in the National Opera Association's annual opera production competition, last year winning first place for Rappaccini's Daughter and second place for Frau Margot.For composer Robert Nelson he is the librettist for an opera adaptation of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View released on DVD on the Newport Classic label. His singing translation of Orpheus in the Underworld has had over 22 productions. Currently he also teaches in Italy in the program Lingua e Canto. He holds degrees in music and theatre from Bucknell University and an MFA in stage direction from the University of Minnesota.Being touted as one of the next great American Verdi baritones, Opera News describes Mark Walters as "a force to be reckoned with." He is lauded for his performances throughout the United States in the title role of Rigoletto, Germont in La traviata, and Renato in Un ballo in maschera. For his performance in La forza del destino, "The Chicago Sun Times" commended his "vocal fury." Walters is now foraying into richer, more dramatic roles including: Die fliegende Hollander, Jochanaan in Salome, and Iago in Otello. He also recently debuted the role of Scarpia in Tosca as well as Pizarro in Fidelio and continues to perform Rigoletto and Germont in La traviata.This season Walters sings the role of Peter in Hansel und Gretel with Seattle Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Tampa, the title role in a concert version of Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony, and in the 10th Anniversary Gala with Opera Louisiane. In concert, he will sing Handel's Messiah with Augustana College, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Traverse City Symphony, and a concert of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Vaughn Williams Serenade with Springfield Symphony. Recent engagements include a company debut as Scarpia in Tosca with Minnesota Opera and a return for their world premi-ere of The Shining as Mark Torrance; the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the title role in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera.Walters' oratorio work includes his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff's Carmina Burana and Faure's Requiem conducted by John Rutter; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lima Symphony; Verdi's Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony; the Brahms Requiem with Arizona Music Festival and Handel's Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony and the Handel Oratorio Society. As a featured soloist, Mr. Walters has sung in the Milnes Voice Gala Honors James Morris, in the Baritones on the Bayou with Opera Louisiane, as Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society, and in a Gala concert for the Canterbury Festival, UK.Aaron Sorensen is a rare young bass known not only for his powerful and rich sound, but also his commanding stage presence. In recent seasons, Sorensen returned to Gotham Chamber Opera for productions of Comedy on the Bridge and Alexandre bis; debuted with Huntsville Symphony as Judge Barnett/Officer Jimmy in the world premi-ere of Gregory Vajda's Georgia Bottoms: A Comic Opera of the Modern South, based on the best-selling novel by Mark Childress; sang Osmin in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail at Peabody Opera Theatre and with Houston Symphony Orchestra; debuted with Nashville Opera as the Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance; and Neptune/Antinoo in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with West Edge Opera. This season he appears at Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as Osmin in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and sings Leporello in Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony.Recently, Mr. Sorensen debuted with Fort Worth Opera as Benoit/Alcindoro in La boh-eme and returned as the French General in Kevin Puts' Silent Night; made a debut with Gotham Chamber Opera for their productions of Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse, Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel, Hindemith's Hin und Zuruck, and Milhaud's L'enl-evement d'Europe; performed the role of Angelotti in Tosca with Austin Lyric Opera; sang in the National Symphony's concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier under Christoph Eschenbach; and appeared as Colline in La boh-eme at Bar Harbor Music Festival and Opera Theatre of Connecticut.In prior seasons, Mr. Sorensen appeared with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang the roles of Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Father Trulove in Stravinky's The Rake's Progress, and subsequently returned as Don Prudenzio in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims and Pistola in Falstaff. He also performed in multiple seasons with The Glimmerglass Opera Festival where he portrayed such roles as Zuniga in Carmen and Angelotti in Tosca. Also a favorite with Des Moines Metro Opera, he joined the company in recent seasons for their productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Zauberflote, Tosca, and The Rake's Progress.Tenor Charles Reid has been welcomed on many of the world's opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera (nine seasons), San Francisco Opera, Theater an der Wien, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Hagen (first-ever Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen), as well as the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Spoleto USA, Glimmerglass and Central City. Operas-in-concert include Wagner's Das Rheingold with Jaap von Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic (acclaimed recording released on Naxos) and Der Rosenkavalier with Philippe Jordan and the Opera National de Paris.With nearly forty works in his active concert repertoire, Mr. Reid's recent engagements include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Hong Kong Philharmonic led by Jaap van Zweden, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in chamber arrangement with Matthias Goerne at the Schubertiada a Vilabertran (Spain) under conductor Josep Pons, and with conductor Jo Ann Falletta and mezzo-soprano Susan Platts at the Virginia Arts Festival (Naxos recording); and in full-orchestra version with Leon Botstein conducting The Orchestra Now at New York's Bard College. He also sang his first Britten War Requiem, with Maestra Jane Glover at the Berkshire International Festival.Mr. Reid's diverse 2016-17 season offers includes Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic/Andrew Constantine, Verdi's Requiem with the Virginia Symphony/JoAnn Falletta, Mozart's Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) with the Kalamazoo Symphony/Raymond Harvey, Handel's Messiah with Columbia Pro Cantare/Frances Dawson, and a recital of American Art Song at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Past seasons have brought concerts with the with Orchestre National de Lyon, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lisbon's Gulbenkian Orchestra, Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony, Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart" Festival Orchestra, the Nashville, Allentown, Madison and Harrisburg Symphonies, Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics and the U.S. Naval Academy.Mr. Reid's prestigious awards include the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition. He is Producer and Host of This Opera Life Podcast, and Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Voice at Michigan's Andrews University.American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her "big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura," and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. Originally from Flagstaff, AZ, Ms. Pier received a BM and MM in voice at Indiana University where she studied with Virginia Zeani. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Catawba College, and a Guest Lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.Ms. Pier's recent engagements included Senta in Der fliegende Hollander with Virginia Opera, Poulenc's Gloria and Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and Faure's Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony. In addition, she has performed Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the North Carolina Symphony and Rochester Symphony; Handel's Messiah with the Indianapolis and Winston-Salem Symphonies; Verdi's Requiem with the Charlottesville Symphony, among many others.A 2003 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recent opera engagements for Ms. Pier include the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, and Eugene Opera; Micaela in Carmen and Pamina in Die Zauberflote with Florida Grand Opera; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Eugene Opera; and Micaela with the Princeton Festival.She has also performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Roberto Abbado, recitals under the auspices of the George London Foundation, and concerts with the World Youth Orchestra in Italy and at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York. She appears as a soloist on a recording of Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, with David Hill and the BBC Singers on the Naxos label.Ms. Pier is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the George London Foundation Award, Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, two Charles A. Lynam Awards, and two Palm Beach Opera Competition Awards.Praised by the Houston Chronicle for her "warm supple soprano" and by "The New York Times" for her "radiant" and "handsomely resonant voice," soprano Nicole Heaston has appeared with opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, and many more.Heaston's recent engagements include Alice Ford in Falstaff at Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, La contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Den Norske Opera and Utah Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflote at Houston Grand Opera, the title role in Alcina at Royal Danish Opera, and was the featured vocal soloist in the Houston Ballet's staging of Stravinsky's Les Noces.Heaston has established a long-standing relationship with Houston Grand Opera, beginning as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Her debut with the company was in the title role of Romeo et Juliette, and she has since been heard as Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Zerlina in Die Zauberflote. Heaston also created the title role in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Jackie O, subsequently recording the opera for the Argo label.Equally active as a concert and recital soloist, Heaston has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra for the Kennedy Center's 11th annual gala. She has performed Handel's Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor Michigan. Ms. Heaston was heard in Bach's B Minor Mass with Boston Baroque, which was recorded for the Teldec label and nominated for a Grammy Award. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in recital at Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Heaston completed her Master's Degree in Voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and received her undergraduate degree in music at the University of Akron. Her various awards and prizes include the Shoshana Foundation Grant, Robert Weede Corbett Award, Opera Guild of Dayton Competition, Opera/Columbus Competition, San Antonio Opera Guild Competition, Metropolitan Opera Regional Audition-Encouragement Award, and Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Award Competition.Sydney E. Anderson, a Houston-based soprano, makes her Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra debut this season. An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Anderson has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as a featured soloist on their 2015 donor concert series, and with Opera Saratoga for their 2015-2016 Saratoga Sings! recital series. Other recent soloist appearances include Mozart's Requiem and Christopher Theofanidis's The Here and Now (Woolsey Hall), the title role in Handel's Esther (Manchester Symphony Orchestra), the Evangelist in Schutz's Johannes Passion, and many J. S. Bach cantatas, with Bach Society Houston under the baton of Rick Erickson.In 2016, Ms. Anderson celebrated her main stage debut with Houston Grand Opera as Arminy in Carousel, directed by Rob Ashford and conducted by Richard Bado, and participated in the company's Opera to Go! program, as the Princess in Mary Carol Warwick's The Princess and the Pea. Other recent opera roles include Manon in Manon, Lisette in La Rondine, Adina in L'eslisir d'amore and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffman with the Moores Opera Center, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Tallulah in the New England Premiere of Thomas Pasatieri's The Hotel Casablanca with Hartt Opera Theatre. In 2015, she participated in Opera Saratoga's young artist program, where she covered the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Virgil in the World Premiere of The Long Walk by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann, and received third place in the company's young artist competition. Other awards include the Karl Amelang Memorial Award in the 2016 Houston Saengerbund German Singing Competition, winner of The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston's 2015 vocal scholarship competition, and the Encouragement Award in Connecticut Concert Opera's 2014 American Opera Idol.Ms. Anderson holds a double Bachelors Degree from The Hartt School of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education, and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Moores School of Music, where she first had the honor of working with Maestro Raymond Harvey and Director Buck Ross.Bass Evan Boyer received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he performed Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Prince Gremin in Eugene Oengin. Mr. Boyer is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was heard as Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, Conte Rodolfo in La sonnambula, Leporello in Don Giovanni, among many others. He attended the Chautauqua Institution in 2002 and 2003, where he appeared as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea.Mr. Boyer's 2014-15 season began with a role and company debut at Seattle Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni. He performed Mozart's Requiem with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, followed by Handel's Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony. In the summer of 2015, he joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing Ramfis in Aida and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly and appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the Mozart Requiem in the Bravo! Vail Festival.Mr. Boyer was recently a member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. During his three-season tenure there, from 2010-2013, he was involved in seventeen productions. He performed the roles of Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, the King of Egypt in Aida, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Zuniga in Carmen, among many others. He covered in eleven productions, including Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.In 2013, after his time at the Ryan Opera Center, Mr. Boyer made his debut with Canadian Opera Company as the First Soldier in Salome, followed by performances as the Second Commissaire in Dialogues des Carmelites. Other performances in 2012 included a debut with The Cleveland Orchestra as the First Nazarene and First Soldier in concert performances of Salome at Severance Hall and again at Carnegie Hall.He was a 2009 National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditionss. He is the Grand Prize winner in Men's Voice of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. Additional grants and awards have been received from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation, the American Opera Society, and the Louisville Bach Society.Don GiovanniRaymond Harvey, Conductor; Buck Ross, Stage DirectorGuest Artists: Mark Walters, Aaron Sorenson, Charles Reid, Christina Pier, Nicole Heaston, Sydney Anderson, and Evan BoyerFor their final concert of the 2016-2017 season, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni for Maestro Raymond Harvey's last performance as Music Director. Maestro Harvey brings an international cast of opera stars to the stage for the first KSO performance of this masterwork since 1980. In Don Giovanni, Mozart brings the escapades of Don Juan, a fictional libertine, to life. Blending comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural, Don Giovanni has become one of the most performed operas of all time.Tickets: $60 - $24Student & Veteran discounts available.$5 Student Rush tickets, and $10 Harvey's Hideaway seating available at the box office the night of the concert.For tickets, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com , call the KSO Box Office at (269) 349-7759 or call Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300.Visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com for up-to-date information, details and schedules. Prices, artists, dates, time and program are subject to change without notice.The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support. For more information, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com Founded in 1921, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is Southwest Michigan's premier musical organization, providing musical enrichment to over 80,000 adults and youth per year. The third-largest professional orchestra in the state, the KSO has won numerous awards and grants, including the Met Life Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities, the National Endowment for the Arts for its extensive education programs, and a major Ford Foundation grant to found its innovative Artist-in-Residence program.