August 2, 2020

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Sparrow Live Presents: An Evening Hymn: Featuring Dr. Jean Anderson Collier, piano, and David Small, baritone

A night of sacred music to benefit St. Luke's Episcopal Church

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An Evening Hymn: A night of sacred music to benefit St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Featuring Dr. Jean Anderson Collier, piano, and David Small, baritone


When pianist Jean Anderson Collier and baritone David Small perform together, it means more than just beautiful music. On August 2nd, you're invited to a concert of sacred music in honor of David's late parents, which will benefit a church struggling in response to COVID-19...on what was meant to be their wedding date.


Like so many couples during this pandemic, Jean and David had to make the difficult decision to postpone their wedding indefinitely. Weddings are markers in time for extended families; they bring everyone together, cement bonds, and create new memories as a couple begins their life together. Weddings are a time you think about family, especially those loved ones who cannot be physically present. As a way to honor David's late parents, whose faith was immensely important to them, the artists decided to dedicate an evening of sacred music to the benefit of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scituate, MA - a picturesque New England town on the seacoast just south of Boston. And on what better date to hold such an event than the one they originally chose to begin their own journey together?


Dr. Jean Anderson Collier is a nationally known vocal coach and pianist, the principal opera coach at Boston Conservatory, and a diction and art song professor at New England Conservatory of Music. She is also the organist and choir director at St. Luke’s. 


David Small's prolific opera career includes performances of 65 roles in 54 different operas. His repertoire includes Rigoletto, Germont, Scarpia, and he has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati May Festival Orchestra, Austin Symphony in works such as Brahms‘ Requiem, Durufle Requiem, Elijah and collaborated with pianists such as Anton Nel, Jean Anderson Collier, Claude Cymerman, and Joachim Reinhuber. (See full artist bios below.)


Join Jean and David in this deeply personal event, an unforgettable experience of hope, family, and faith in the future.


Program:


Evening Hymn (Henry Purcell, realized by Benjamin Britten) 

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (arr. Richard Walters) 

Assurance (arr. John Ness Beck, after Phoebe P. Knapp and J. S. Bach) 

It Is Well with My Soul (arr. John Ness Beck) 

How Can I Keep from Singing (arr. Richard Walters) 

His Eye Is on the Sparrow  (improvisation) 

Amazing Grace (arr. John Ness Beck) 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is (arr. John Ness Beck) 

At the River (arr. Aaron Copland) 

The Light that is Felt (Charles Ives) 

Zion’s Walls (arr. Aaron Copland) 

My Lord, What A Mornin’ (arr. H. T. Burleigh) 

Wade In De Water (arr. H.T. Burleigh) 

It’s Me, O Lord (arr. Betty Jackson King) 

Were You There (arr. H.T. Burleigh) 

Calvary (arr. Betty Jackson King) 

Give Me Jesus (arr. H.T. Burleigh) 

Hard Trials (arr. H.T. Burleigh) 

My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord (arr. Florence B. Price) 

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand (arr. Margaret Bonds) 



David Small enjoys a vibrant career including performances of 65 roles in 54 different operas. Having performed Rossini‘s Figaro over 100 times, his repertoire includes Rigoletto, Germont, Scarpia, and many others. He has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati May Festival Orchestra, Austin Symphony in works such as Brahms‘ Requiem, Durufle Requiem, Elijah and recitals with pianists such as Anton Nel, Jean Anderson Collier, Claude Cymerman, and Joachim Reinhuber. In 2016 he performed Samuel Barber‘s Dover Beach with the Shanghai Quartet and Schubert‘s Winterreise for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

Selected as a NATS Master Teacher in 2011 (one of four chosen nationally), he was an invited presenter for the 2008 NATS National Convention and has written articles for Classical Singer Magazine.

He earned an Artist’s Diploma in Opera, a MM in Performance (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying with the great Metropolitan Opera basso Italo Tajo) and a BM degree from the DePauw University School of Music, studying with Thomas Fitzpatrick (student of Mack Harrell).


Dr. Jean Anderson Collier is a nationally-known vocal coach and pianist.  She is the principal opera coach at Boston Conservatory, and also coaches recital repertoire and teaches courses in opera.  She teaches diction and art song courses at New England Conservatory of Music.  She is active as musical advisor and coach for the Boston Opera Collaborative, and is the organist and choir director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate, MA.  She has been a coach at Berklee School of Music’s Summer Opera Intensive in Valencia, Spain and at Northern Arizona University’s summer opera program in Fidenza, Italy.  She often performs recitals across the United States and in Europe.

She has collaborated with many New England musical organizations, including Boston Lyric Opera, the Tanglewood Music Festival, The Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Opera Providence, Harvard University’s Summer Chorus, the Harvard-Radcliffe chorus, the Orpheus Singers, the Back Bay Chorale, MetroWest Opera, Longwood Opera, Brandeis University choruses, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She also maintains an active schedule as a recitalist, performing with singers in the United States and Europe.  Recent engagements have included those in New York, Pittsburgh, Rome, Santo Stephano, Italy, and Valencia, Spain.  Her performance of Mirror with singers from the Boston Opera Collaborative was named one of the ten best Boston classical music performances of 2017 in Boston’s Classical Music Review.

Collier holds a D.M.A from New England Conservatory, a M.M. in collaborative piano from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Principal teachers include Margo Garrett, Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, Kenneth Griffiths, and Harmut Höll.

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