From February, 2013

ArtsATL Review: Skylark Vocal Ensemble soars with intimate evening of harmonies to Virgin Mary

February 12, 2013 By Stephanie Adrian Matthew Guard founded the Skylark Vocal Ensemble, a chamber group of 17 choral singers from Boston and Atlanta, in 2011. Guard is a Harvard graduate who studied conducting during his undergraduate years but changed course soon afterward, earning an MBA and working as a business strategy consultant here and abroad. After five years, he rediscovered his initial vocation and the Skylark Vocal Ensemble took flight. And it’s a gem, a group of proficient soloists who have come together to create a dynamic and inspiring whole. The Skylarks are performing three concerts in the Atlanta…

In the February 2013 Issue of Opera News…

ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 11/10/12 Although the abrupt resignation of Atlanta Opera’s general director Dennis Hanthorn this past July created both uncertainty and speculation among local opera patrons, the company opened its 2012–13 season at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre as planned on November 10, with a satisfying rendition of Carmen. As the board of directors conducts a search for a new company leader, AO is seemingly in good hands: the company’s music director and conductor Arthur Fagen united an eclectic ensemble of soloists for this well-loved opera hit. Jeffrey Marc Buchman, who directed the production, framed the story as…