Singers plan variety for Sundays at 3

Published Feb 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

Singers Juliane and Stephen Price will provideas much variety as possible” for the Sundays at 3 Concert in St. Mary’s-St. Peter’s Church, 200 N. James St., at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. Donations at the door benefit the Food Pantry of St. Mary’s-St. Peter’s Church. 

The concert is to include a few German Art Songs by Schumann, Brahms and Schubert, sung in German. Then we will continue with Arie Antique, Italian Aria’s from the 17th and 18th Century (sung in Italian). Then some French Opera from Massenet and Bizet (sung in French). Also, a few standards popularized by George Gershwin and Bing Crosby; and a number of songs from musicals like “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and “Evita.” 

“We are exceeding pleased and excited to offer this diverse and entertaining program for Sundays at 3,” states Colleen O’Neil, one of the music committee members at St. Mary’s-St. Peter’s Church. “Juliane and Stephen are incredibly talented performers, with impressive musical backgrounds. They are also long-time members of the Rome community, and teach many students in the area. We greatly look forward to this opportunity to hear them in concert.” 

The performance lasts about an hour, without intermission, and there is a post concert reception in the church’s Monsignor Culkin Social Hall, to which all are invited.

Pianist for the concert will be Heather O’Connell, from Oneida; Ms. O’Connell, Vocal Director at Oneida High School and music teacher in the Oneida City Schools. She studied Music Education at SUNY Potsdam/Crane School of Music, and according to Juliane Price, “Heather has played as an accompanist with many groups, choirs, instrumentalists and singers; her love for detail and never-ending attention to the soloist make her a singer’s dream.”

For questions about Sundays at 3 events, call St. Mary’s-St. Peter’s Church at 315-336-5072. 

Stephen, originally from Vancouver and Juliane, originally from Dessau, Germany met at Mc Gill University in 1998, where Stephen’s Mom, Heather Thomson, renowned Canadian opera singer, was giving a Opera Singers Master Class.

Despite the topographical distance, we got engaged after 10 days and married a year later. 

“Our career paths first took us to Europe and we performed in several shows and Theaters throughout Germany, living a performers life, Juliane said.

In 2004 they moved to Central New York, having known Rome from visiting our best man’s family.

After living in Las Vegas from 2006 to 2009, where Stephen performed in “Phantom of the Opera” they returned with their daughter to CNY “to insure a more grounded upbringing than she could have had in Nevada,” Juliane said, adding, “We love living here, the people and communities, the Arts and the seasons.”

“We are raising two daughters, 6 and 9 who dance year round at the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance in Rome and take drum lessons (the 6 year old!) and Saxophone (the 9 year old),” she said.

Juliane Price, a native of Germany, graduated from Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen with a Masters Degree in Opera/ Performing. She is the second winner of the German National Voice Competition and first prize winner in the Lotte Lenya (Kurt Weill) Voice Competition held in Berlin in 2000. For nearly three years, she was a soloist in musical productions and an actress at the Theaters in Oberhausen, Duesseldorf and Hannover, Germany. Along with her husband, she travelled on the Northern Oceans and Seas of Europe, performing a variety of shows and Solo Programs on the Arosa Blu for four months. She loves camera-acting and was seen in numerous productions in Germany as well as here in the US, working for Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Superfine Films NYC and Aurora Film in Albany, NY. She has done voice-over work in both German and English and also speaks Russian, Italian and some French. Juliane started playing violin at the age of 5. She performs with the Opus Black String Quartet, a group known for unique stylings of music in a variety of genres.

Stephen Price was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and studied Voice and Acting at McGill University in Montreal. In his first year as a professional actor/ singer he made his debut playing Tony in “West Side Story” and was seen in over 400 performances of 16 productions in the Theater Magdeburg, Germany. 

He has also performed around the world in such shows as “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “La Cage aux Folles,” Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman.” Before moving to Central New York in 2004, Stephen played a variety of roles in “The Phantom of the Opera” in Stuttgart, Germany and “Jekyll and Hyde” in Cologne, Germany. From 2006-2009, he was part of the all-star cast of “Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.”

In addition to having performed together in concerts nationally and internationally, Stephen and Juliane own A Vi Vo studio, 227 W. Dominick St. in the downtown Arts District, which offers private music instruction for children and teens in the fields of drama, music, voice and violin; as well as the program Clever Canaries Music Together for children up to 6 years old and their caregivers.

Sundays at 3 concert series is organized by the music committee of the church’s parish council.

Support for the 2017 concerts comes in part from The Sears Family Foundation and The Good News Foundation.