Echoing Air, a national touring ensemble featuring counter tenor Steven Rickards, comes to Daytona Beach this week as part of a new opportunity for local singers.
Rickards and the ensemble will be teaching a vocal workshop for high school singers Thursday, June 10, to Saturday, June 12. In addition to three days of private lessons and master classes, the students will be preparing for a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, which will feature them, along with the professional group. Both the workshop and the concert will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach, 620 S. Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The workshop is the brainchild of Dr. Rickards, who was born and raised in Daytona Beach before moving on to an international singing and teaching career.
“I’ve made my professional life and career in Indianapolis and around the world,” Mr. Rickards said in a news release. “But my family is here and Daytona Beach is an important part of my life. I wanted a way to reintroduce myself to the local music community and to give something to young local singers who are just starting out.”
The concert will feature works by Handel, Purcell, J.S. Bach and other well-known Baroque composers. Echoing Air featured artists include Jeffrey Collier, Recorder and Baroque Flute; Tamara Thweatt, Baroque Flute; Christine Kyprianides, Viola da Gamba; and Thomas Gerber, Harpsichord and Organ. Local professional singers Julia Hood and Julia Truilo will also join the performance.
For more information, call Ms. Truilo at (386) 547-3882 or Mr. Rickards at (317) 414-8374. For more information about Echoing Air, visit echoingair.org.