COOKEVILLE – Center Stage presents countertenor, Andrew Rader as their guest artist on Monday, March 7, at 7:30 in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.
Rader is a freelance singer since January 2007, and has performed on three continents, both as a soloist, and in chamber music. He has performed as a soloist and with Magnificat Baroque, LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music, and ¡Sacabuche! Ensemble throughout the USA, South America, and Europe.
Rader obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007, his Master of Music degree in early music – voice from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011, and his Performer Diploma in voice from Indiana University Bloomington in 2013.
He is a regular member of The Rose Ensemble in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Rader has been involved in numerous solo and choral performances with Music City Baroque of Nashville, Tennessee, Bourbon Baroque of Lexington, Kentucky, and Indianapolis Baroque. He has performed at the Boston, Chicago, Madison, Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals during recent seasons.
Rader is a founding member and co-director of Vox Reflexa, a chamber vocal ensemble formed in 2009 which is geared toward bridging the gap between antiquity and present day through chant melodies and texts. Within this ensemble, he is also the Director of the Vox Reflexa Consort, the portion of the ensemble crafted specifically for the performance of early works.
His stage experience includes Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Indiana University Opera Theater’s production of George Frideric Handel’s Giulio “Cesare in Egitto,” for which he sang the title role under the baton of Maestro Gary Thor Wedow and the stage direction of Tom Diamond.
Rader was the countertenor cover for all counter-tenor roles in John Adams’ “Passion-Oratorio,” “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” which premiered in March 2013 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellers. He sang Eustazio in Opera Mission’s production of G.F. Handel’s “Rinaldo” in New York City in the 2016-2017 season.
Rader specializes in a varied repertoire, including jazz and bel canto. He has been consistently praised for his clear, strong tone and effective use of text, whether in concert, stage or chamber repertoire.
Admission to a Center Stage event is free, unless otherwise noted. These events are paid by student fees and open to the public with priority seating given to students. Many guests provide additional educational opportunities for students through workshops or master classes during their residencies. Email or call Liz Kassera, Center Stage Coordinator, for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org or (931) 372-3637.
Wattenbarger Auditorium is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave., Cookeville, TN.