Thanks to everyone who made our third annual Oktoberfest such a fun night of singing!
Our wonderful Braumeister, Patrick Watson of Stinky Bklyn, provided a fantastic flight of seasonal beers (with a cider in the mix for good measure!)—and did double-duty as a singer as well! (Here’s a story we love about one of his previous NYC performances.)
Thanks to our wonderful artists, including our inimitable Emcee Laura Green, Sarah Blaze, Victoria Britt, Melissa Cintron-Gabriel, Amine Hachem and Travis Leland, accompanied by our own dynamic duo—WVC Artistic Director Colin Britt and Pianist Elena Belli.
A full-bodied beer; supple-soft, palatable and with a slightly sweet finish
Rootstock Cider Works
Complex like Brut Champagne, yet drinkable like a fine craft beer
Malty, smooth and exceedingly drinkable lager
Subtly sweet with a delicate malt nose
Oachkatzlschwoaf (no, we could’t pronounce it either!)
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
St. Louis, MO
Malty yet well balanced, like the bier traditionally served at Oktoberfest in Munich
Laura Green, Soprano
Soprano Laura Green is an active singer and conductor in the greater New York area. She has performed with the West Village Chorale since 2002 on concerts including Michael Conley’s This Bequest of Wings and Appalachian Requiem, and Bach’s Mass in D.
Ms. Green conducts choirs at the Reformed Church of Bronxville and the Hoff-Barthelson School, both in Westchester County. She has sung on stage with Dave Brubeck, Leon Botsein, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Xian Zhang, Harold Rosenbaum, Matthew Phelps, K. Scott Warren, and Kent Tritle. Recordings include a collection of Haydn Masses with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls (Grammy Winner with NY Philharmonic), and (soloist).
Ms. Green coordinates the The Yuletide Singers, a crew of 20+ professionals ready to torture you with Christmas songs ad nauseam from Halloween until the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve. This ensemble’s Snow Carolers won the first Rachael Ray “Battle of the Carolers” as judged by Nick Cannon.
Sara Blaze, Soprano
Sarah Blaze, a musical theater and cabaret artist as well as a film and stage actor has performed her cabaret, “No More Waiting…” to sold-out audiences in two of New York City’s most well-known clubs: Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex.
She made her Off-Off-Broadway debut in an Equity Showcase production singing the lead role of Jo Meriam in Al Carmine’s musical, The Bonus Army, through Judson Arts, and as cofounder of the Dakota Theater Company, she performed in the company’s debut production as Louise in Ted Swindley’s Always…Patsy Cline.
Sarah’s film work includes Gary Marshall’s Beaches, as well as two films, Beyond Belief and Down in Flames, both of which have received accolades in film festivals throughout the United States, as well as a feature-length film, Lies I told My Little Sister, also recognized in film festivals in both the U.S. and England. All three films were directed by William J. Stribling.
Sarah’s most recent performances include the world premier of Lisa K. Winkler’s play, The Shabbos List with the Thespis NY Theater Festival and Al Carmine’s Christmas Rappings as the Virgin Mary with Judson Arts.
Sarah has conducted master classes in Aberdeen, Scotland and Grand Forks, North Dakota and maintains a private voice studio in New York City.
Victoria Britt, Soprano
Victoria Britt is an NYC based actor/singer. She has performed all over the world, most recently starring in Frozen the Musical as Anna in LA. Favorite theater credits include Lili in Carnival(Gloucester Stage), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Metro Stage), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theater), Gerda in The Snow Queen (New Rep), Sophie in Amazing Grace(Goodspeed), Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Seacoast Rep), and eight mainstage musicals with Disney Cruise Lines. She thinks the piano player is cute.
Melissa Cintron-Gabriel, Soprano
Soprano Melissa Cintron-Gabriel has gained praise for her musical sensitivity, vocal virtuosity and engaging stage presence. Opera News stated “Ms. Cintron’s soprano voice displayed nice upper extension” in her role as Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Merkin Hall.
Following that performance, Ms. Cintron-Gabriel was invited to perform as soprano soloist in a televised performance of the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. She performed at the U.S Capitol Rotunda, which was aired on CNN and C-Span. She followed that performance by presenting a concert at the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.
Ms. Cintron-Gabriel sang as soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Prague Sinfonietta at The Rudolfinum Hall has also sung as soloist at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Riverside Church, Saint John the Divine, The Choral Springs Center for the Arts, The Brooklyn Center for the Arts, Lehman College, The Bronx Opera Company, The Intermezzo Young Artist Program, Centro Studi Italiani, One World Symphony and Opera Noire of New York.
She has performed works as soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, The Second Coming of Christ at Riverside Church, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dubois’ Seven Last Words and Schubert’s Mass in A flat.
Further operatic roles include Despina in Così fan Tutte, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has performed excepts from Lakme, La Sonnambula, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, Candide, Carmen and The Tales of Hoffman.
As a recitalist, she has performed innovative programs including “Eternal Light,” “Beaute, Foi, Amour” and “L’invitation Au Voyage,” and most recently “Beau Soir” (accompanied by Ms. Elena Belli).
Ms. Cintron-Gabriel currently serves as Music Director at Saints John and Paul School in Larchmont, New York.
She holds degrees from The Manhattan School of Music where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
Dubbed as “a soulful and handsome young man who delivers an electrifying and thrilling performance, bringing the crowd to their feet,” (An-Nahar), Amine J. Hachem is an operatic and crossover tenor who has captivated audiences across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been a leading tenor in several operas and musicals, including La Traviata, Tosca, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, and has also performed in numerous cabarets, and concert venues all over the world.
Last season, Amine “pushed the boundaries of operatic music by integrating it with unconventional sounds from around the world” (BroadwayWorld), and sold out his show “From the Mediterranean to the Americas” at the MGM Grand, The United Nations, Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, Andrew W. Mellon Hall Auditorium, Elebash Recital Hall, and The Metropolitan Club. He has also appeared on the runways of New York Fashion Week as a guest performer, and will appear as a guest model in the upcoming Hollywood film Ocean’s 8.
Acclaimed for his “captivating” performances (iHeart Radio), Amine is an international performer who fluently speaks four languages: Italian, French, English, and Arabic.
For more information, please visit www.aminejhachem.com.
Travis Leland, Tenor
Originally from San Jose, California, Travis Leland has been seen on stage and in film as an actor, singer and writer. His education is from UCLA as well as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles. His work has extended from Los Angeles, to the San Francisco Bay Area, to New York City and across the country on different projects.