Boscobel will present another in their Music in the Mansion series on Dec. 18 and 30. The halls and rooms of Boscobel will be decorated as if for an early 1800s ball, and twilight tours will feature unusual holiday stories from the period. The tour ends in the Gallery with holiday refreshments and a chamber recital by Czech soprano, Gabriela Mikova accompanied by Joy Plaisted, harp.
Gabriela Mikova is a graduate of the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where she performed her senior concert with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Georg Kughi. She has also performed Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Milan Machek, concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Teplice under the direction of both Tomas Koutnik and Charles O. Munroe, and a concert tour through Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Austria with the Municipal Theatre of Brno. She has also sung at Ostrava’s Festival of Contemporary Music and at the Janackovy Hukvaldy Festival. Mikova has performed as soloist at the Jiri Myron Theatre in Ostrava, the Moravian Theatre of Olomouc, and the Municipal Theatre of Brno, and for six years was engaged as soloist with the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzen.
Formerly the tea-time harpist at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, Joy Plaisted earned her Masters Degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She has performed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the New York Harp Ensemble, the Reykjavik Youth Symphony and the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, among other theatrical and orchestral productions. Ms. Plaisted’s concerts have taken her to Japan, China, Hong Kong, France, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota and did graduate studies at the Geneva Conservatory. Her teachers include Nancy Allen, Catherine Meyer-Eisenhoffer, Pierre Jamet and Frances G. Miller.
These exclusive recital and reception tours at Boscobel will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 and 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Tickets are $60 per person, (general admission) and include the tour, recital, reception and a special Boscobel holiday gift bag. Prepaid ticket purchase is required in person, by phone, 845-265-3638, or online at Boscobel.org.
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