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Date: December 17th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Presbyterian Church of Westfield
140 Mountain Ave.
Last seen on the 2016 Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra sharing the program with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and other world renowned musicians of note, conductor Candace Wicke made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002. Founder, President and Executive Director of The Continuo Arts Foundation, Wicke conducted its Inaugural concert at the prestigious Festival Internazionale pro Musica e Arte Sacre Series in Vatican City and Rome, Italy with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic in 2008; an international concert event featuring a world premiere-televised production which became the subject of a full length documentary film.
Wicke conducted and produced Continuo Arts’ “Christmas Time in the City” and the Lee Kjelson Memorial “Sounds of Music Series” series in Carnegie Hall and in 2011 the first Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Italy. She was the principal conductor for the 2012 Inaugural season of the Minuetto Music Festival and returned to conduct the second Giovani Musicisti Festival in Rome, Vatican City, Assisi and Prague. Making history in February of 2014, Dr. Wicke conducted the first concert inside the Sistine Chapel by an American organization. The 2015 season included serving as Chorus Master for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
As a champion of new music, Wicke has premiered many compositions in Carnegie Hall, Rome, Vatican City, Prague, Ireland, Australia and other locations around the world. Her international experience also includes conducting the United States representative Wind Ensemble at the Taipei Presidential Inauguration, the City of Prague Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and the Waratah Girls Choir in Australia. Ensembles under her baton have received National and International acclaim performing with Andre Rieu and the Johan Strauss Orchestra in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Turksoy Orchestra in Lincoln Center and the Music Center at Strathmore, the Global International Women’s Summit, Musica Mundi International, Legatus International, and the Miami Civic Associations Young Artist Debut. She is a popular guest conductor, adjudicator and master class clinician across the United States.
Dr. Wicke conducts and manages the Continuo Arts Intergenerational Choral Programs, Music Conservatory, Community Outreach Programs, and The Minuetto Music Festival. She is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year for Evangel University, New Jersey’s 2016 Women of Excellence in Arts & Humanities Award Winner for Union County, and has received a 2016 Congressional Recognition for dedication and excellence in Arts & Humanities.
Amanda Blutner, is Assistant Conductor and Programs Manager for the Continuo Arts Foundation. A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Mrs. Blutner earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master Degree in Music and Music Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.
At Westminster, Mrs. Blutner appeared as a soloist with the Westminster Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir.
Lucas Barkley is the staff accompanist for the Continuo Arts Foundation and holds a B.M. in piano performance from Duquesne University and a Master of Music, Collaborative Piano from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Barkley has worked extensively throughout the Tri-State area with the likes of the Opera Company of Brooklyn, the Manhattan Opera Studio and many other locations and venues.
Samantha Ferrara is the Continuo Arts Musical Theater Director.Ms Ferrara is a 2014 Graduate of Westminster Choir Colleg with a BM in Music Education and a minor in Musical Theater. Ms. Ferrara is currently teaching chorus and orchestra at Mountain View Middle School in Mendham and is the Alto Section Leader at St. Bernards Episcopal Church.