Henry H. Pleas III, tenor
Charles Thomas Hayes, piano
An entertaining evening of selections from the tenor repertoire of arias and songs from Musical Theater tradition. Selections from Opera, Operetta, Salon Hall and Musicals.
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time student with ID
Henry H. Pleas, III is a dynamic, personally engaging presence on the concert stage. He has appeared as leading tenor in operatic productions throughout the United States and Europe, and as soloist for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Skylight Opera Theater and Chicago Opera Theater South Shore Opera Company of Chicago. Some of his roles have included the title role in Tales of Hoffmann, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Tamino in the Magic Flute, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Don Jose in Carmen. Recently he performed the role of Ben Ross in Harriet Tubman: When I croseed that Line to Freedom. In orchestral performance he has appeared as principle tenor soloist in Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s St. Nicholas, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Vaughan William's Hodie and Adolphus Hailstork's Done Made my Vow. He is a frequent recitalist including collaborations with Steinway Artist, Chris Garofalo; Casey Robards; Rachel Jensen and Charles Thomas Hayes.
He attended Brown University, receiving the school's Madeira Prize for Excellence in Music. He continued music studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later, Northwestern University where he received a Master of Music degree. www.henrypleas3.com
Charles Thomas Hayes is a conductor, artistic director and collaborative pianist much in demand in the Midwest region. He is the founding director of The Chatham Choral Ensemble, Music Director for The Greater Chicagoland Opera Guild and the principal conductor of the Classic Act Choral Ensemble. He holds music degrees from Cornell College of Iowa and the University of Iowa, and has done additional graduate work at Roosevelt University and The Catholic University of America. Charles is a Chicago native and was on the staff of the Chicago Children’s Choir for more than a decade. In addition to his duties as the Director of Music at University Church on the University of Chicago campus, Charles is a member of the music faculty at The College of Lake County. He holds memberships in The American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.