Chamber Music Society Presents Korbitz/Presutti Duo

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Fairmont Chamber Music Society will present the guitar/soprano duo of Ron Korbitz and Angela Presutti at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at St. Peter the Fisherman Church, 407 Jackson St., Fairmont.

Angela Presutti has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, small ensemble member and chorister. She is also a member of the critically acclaimed Chicago Symphony Singers. She has been a soloist with many other orchestras and choruses including Grant Park of Chicago, Bel Canto of Milwaukee, The DuPage Symphony and The Naples Philharmonic. Presutti has also recorded "Cats," "Les Miserable" and "The Phantom of the Opera" for Lakeshore Records. She received her musical training at The University of Illinois and Roosevelt University where she graduated with honors. She has also studied opera at The International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, and art song with Elly Ameling at the Britten-Pears School in England. She has been a winner at the Bel Canto Competition, a finalist at The Palm Beach Opera Competition, a three-time regional finalist at the N.A.T.S. Artist Awards Competition, and a semi-finalist at the Oratorio Society of New York Competition. Recent highlights of her solo career include "Serenade to Music" with Sir Andrew Davis, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Duain Wolfe and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, "Bachianas No.5" with the cellists of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, "Moses and Aron" with Pierre Boulez, "Carmina Burana" with Grammy winning conductor Vance George and an Andrews Sisters Tribute with Erich Kunzel and Doc Severenson. Presutti maintains a successful private studio and holds a faculty position at VanderCook College of Music.

Ron Korbitz received Bachelor's and Master of Music Education degrees from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He spent several years performing with local Chicago theatre groups at The Royal Castle Dinner Theater and Captain Dick's Voyage, where he was also the musical director. He has performed as a solo artist and chamber musician in Chicago and the suburbs and has also worked in the popular music world with groups like The Sound Connection and The Frank Pellico Orchestra. Korbitz is a collaborating author for the children's book "Mr. Everybody's Recorder Book," published by Myles Music, and is a recent contributor to the American String Teachers Association Journal. Korbitz has served on faculties at The Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Moraine Valley College, and School District 117. Currently, he is a faculty member at Brookdale School in Naperville, where he teaches K-5 general music and directs the chorus, choir chimes ensembles and guitar ensembles.

The duo has been charming audiences together since 1998. They have performed for some of the Chicago area's most prestigious concert series including Unity Temple, Fourth Presbyterian Church and the internationally renowned Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. They have also performed recitals and concerts for many Chicago area colleges and groups like The Oak Park 19th Century Women's Club, Downers Grove Music Club and The Musicians Club of Women. The duo has been featured on the WFMT radio program "Live from Studio One" and has also appeared regionally for the Lake Geneva Lyric Opera Guild and nationally at the world famous Greenbrier Hotel as the featured artists for the West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs. Their work together has consistently been received with great enthusiasm and their debut performance at Chicago's Symphony Center for a special WFMT broadcast was hailed "absolutely exquisite" by Chicago Symphony Orchestra president emeritus Henry Fogel.