Jonathan Johnson, Tenor

This season, American tenor Jonathan Johnson makes his debut as The Prince in The Love for Three Oranges at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19, as Beppe in I Pagliacci at Opera Colorado, and Matthew Gurney in Emmeline at Tulsa Opera. In concert, Johnson appears as a soloist with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri as the Young Man, with the Detroit Symphony for Messiah, and in recital with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. Johnson is also an Emerging Artist for Opera Philadelphia, where he will be singing in community recitals and special events throughout the 2019-2020 Season.

A graduate of the Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional artist-development program, he appeared in the house’s main productions of Les Troyens, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow, Der Rosenkavalier, Capriccio, The Magic Victrola and Mieczysław Weinberg’s Holocaust opera The Passenger. Other recent engagements have included his debut of the title role of Bernstein’s Candide with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He made his debut at Canadian Opera Company’s production of Anna Bolena, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and Lensky in Eugene Onegin at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Fenton in Falstaff at San Diego Opera, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri at the Portland Opera, La Damnation de Faust at the Grant Park Music Festival, Le Fils in Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and concert version of Don Giovanni with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe as part of a Liederabend in Chicago, and various appearances in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series, the 125th Anniversary Gala for the Auditorium Theater, and on WFMT radio as part of the Ryan Opera Center Recital Series. He also enjoys a touring relationship with Chris Botti, which has taken him through many cities in the US and abroad.

Hailing from Macon, GA, Mr. Johnson holds a Master’s degree and Professional Artist Certificate from the A.J. Fletcher Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Bachelor’s degree in music from Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music.

Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

In repertoire ranging from Bach and before, to Poulenc and beyond, Jory Vinikour has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, and as recital soloist in series and festivals throughout much of the world.

Mr. Vinikour’s debut recording for Sono Luminus, the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a Grammy® award, in the category of Best Classical Solo Instrumental Recording in 2013, an honor also accorded to his Toccatas (Contemporary American works for harpsichord) in 2015. Jory’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Partitas for harpsichord was released in late 2016. His recording of Bach’s Six Sonatas for violin and Obbligato Harpsichord with Rachel Barton Pine marks Jory’s debut on Cedille Records. Also for Cedille – 20th century concerti for Harpsichord and Orchestra (Leigh, Rorem, Kalabis, Nyman) with the Chicago Philharmonic, slated for a 2019 release.

In recent seasons, Mr. Vinikour has made appearances as conductor/soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Korea Chamber Orchestra, musicAeterna, Juillard415, Alabama Symphony, West Edge Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Florentine Opera. He will conduct four performances of Handel’s Messiah with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra this winter.

Vist Jory Vinikour’s website.

Travis Heath, Trumpet

Travis Heath – Trumpet

Travis Heath is Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Trumpet at Northeastern Illinois University where he teaches Applied Lessons, and conducts the NEIU Wind Ensemble. Equally at home with classical and jazz genres, Travis Heath has played principal trumpet with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Lead trumpet with The American Rhapsody Orchestra, and is currently principal trumpet of Camerata Chicago.

His international touring includes performances in Japan, England, Ireland, France, Italy, The Czech Republic and Canada at prestigious musical festivals. His debut solo recording Point of Departure released by the Mark recording label, as well as numerous other recordings found on the BRT and Naxos labels.

As a member of the touring and recording ensemble Brass Roots Trio, Dr. Heath has presented concerts and clinics in 38 states and abroad, including a special command performance at the White House in 2009. As a brass clinician, he has presented his work at several universities throughout the country as a recitalist and lecturer at ITG Festivals. Dr. Heath’s articles have been published in the Instrumentalist, Brass Herald, and ITG Journals. He currently resides in Chicago, IL and is director and founder of the Chicago Brass Festival. Travis holds a D.M.A and M.M. from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Heath is a Yamaha performing artist.

Mathias Tacke, concert master

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Mathias Tacke was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University.

Mathias Tacke was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008.He will undertake his new position beginning in the fall of 2008.

With the Vermeer Quartet Mathias Tacke gave performances in practically all of the most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Taos, Ravinia, South Bank, Lucerne, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein and Edinburgh, to name a few. Three of the Vermeer Quartet recordings were nominated for the Grammy Award.

Mathias Tacke appears internationally as a soloist and chamber player, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to music of our time.

A native of Germany, Mathias Tacke studied with Ernst Mayer-Schierning in Detmold, Germany, with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London, and with Sandor Vegh in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He won first prize in the German National Youth Competition and graduated from the Musikakademie Detmold, where he was later appointed to the faculty.

From 1983-1992 Mr.Tacke was a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, one of the most important professional groups specializing in the performance of contemporary music. In this capacity he gave countless first performances, including works by most of today’s leading composers. He has made numerous recordings for such labels as Sony, ECM. Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Cedille.

Amy Barwan, oboe

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Amy Barwan currently plays with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Camerata Chicago, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. She has worked under the baton of Solti, Barenboim, and Boulez, and has performed with Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, and the Grant Park Orchestra, to name a few. She recently performed with Broadway in Chicago for productions of Disneyís Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and made her prime time television debut appearing in two episodes of the top-rated show, EMPIRE. This winter, Amy played principal oboe in performances of Joffreyís Giselle and Nutcracker productions.

Amy has been involved in several recording projects, including Brian Wilsonís new album featuring Jeff Beck. She can also be heard on Wendy Warnerís album with Camerata Chicago and Chicago Jazz Philharmonicís Trilogy Recording Project. In recent years, she has performed onstage with Bernadette Peters and Celtic Women, and has had the pleasure of working with stars such as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and Shirley Jones.

A native of Chicago, Amy is a graduate of DePaul University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Oboe Performance.