Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra performed on May 1 J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion in German with conductor Anthony Antolini ’63. Soloists included Erin Chenard, soprano; Joelle Morris, contralto; David Myers, tenor; John David Adams, bass; and Jerry LiaBraaten, bass.
Mozart Mentors Orchestra was founded in 2010 as an ensemble that would accompany the Bowdoin Chorus, Down East Singers and, occasionally the Lincoln Festival Chorus. The concept involves local string teachers who invite their most promising students to play along side them.
Anthony Antolini graduated from Bowdoin College and holds graduate degrees in music and Slavic Studies from Stanford University. He joined the Bowdoin Music Department faculty in 1992 after teaching at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, California. His specialty is Russian choral music. In 1988 he was awarded a “distinguished alumni” medal by Moscow State University for his performances of Rachmaninoff’s “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.”