By Patrice Shields
At 7:00p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2013, Broadway legend Douglas Renfroe will be performing “A Night to Remember” including Broadway favorites that include selections from Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and more at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Live! at the PromenadeBonitaBay performance space. The Center for the Arts cozy café theater seating offers the perfect atmosphere to watch and hear Renfroe perform.
Douglas Renfroe is a nationally acclaimed bass baritone who made his LincolnCenter debut in Schumann’s Paradise and Peri and his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Renfroe has specialized in oratorio works including the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Conductors with whom he has sung include Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Loren Maezel.
Critics in Austria said “Douglas Renfroe’s virile bass, remarkably lyrical in the upper register, was equally rich in the dark deeps of the low sustained tones.” Regarding his theatre works as Tevye, it has been said: “Mr. Renfroe owns the role of Tevye. His rich vocal line is only matched by the warmth he displays as the father. He acts as if he talks to God on a regular basis.”
Dr. Renfroe has appeared at the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Boston Opera directed by Sarah Caldwell, and has been a concert recitalist under Columbia Artist Management. From 1970-1974, he was the Director and Bass Soloist with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he made his Edinburgh Music Festival debut. He has been featured as soloist in several recordings with various symphonies throughout the world in addition to a solo recording of German lieder. In 2006 he returned to Bulgaria and Israel performing the Verdi Requiem and portrayed Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof. He returned to the Varna International Music Festival in 2007 and sang Elijah prior to returning to Scotland for his fifth concert tour. In 2009 he presented his ninth European concert tour.
As a conductor, Renfroe has created two equity theatre companies, the Concord Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director of the Lakes Region Symphony. He was responsible for the Summer Pops programs while with the U. S. Navy Band, and has appeared as a guest conductor at the Varna International Music Festival prior to his performing as a vocal soloist at the New Hampshire Music Festival. In 2010, he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Voices of Naples, an auditioned choral ensemble in Naples, FL.
Presently living in Ft. Myers, FL, he has been the Cantor and Music Director at TempleBat Yam on Sanibel Island since 2001, Music Director at BeachUnitedMethodistChurch on Ft.MyersBeach, served as Artistic Director of Moorings Capital Opera in Naples, and was Adjunct Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at EdisonCollege. He is in demand as a soloist throughout the United States and is listed in the 1980 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and the 2004 edition of Who’s Who in America for his outstanding achievements in the performing arts. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from University of California.
The Center for the Arts’ Live! at the Promenade series is sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Lee County Tourist Development Council Arts & Attractions Grant & WGCU Public Media.
Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first – time members only. Tickets to “A Night to Remember” with Douglas Renfroe are available as part of this promotion.
If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: The Music of Broadway with Douglas Renfroe
When: 7:00pm January 24, 2013
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members