Romancing the Tone: If Music be the Food of Love - In Person & Live Streaming

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
1:00pm - 2:00pm

We gather in person and live streamed for lunch ($20) and program Romancing the Tone: If Music be the Food of Love hosted by Kenneth Dake and featuring Sydney Kucine, soprano, Anna Willson, mezzo-soprano, and Christopher Tefft, baritone. Sponsored by PrimeTime (55+).


Gather with this energetic group via video chat or phone to visit with your friends, meet new people and hear meaningful and interesting presentations on various topics.

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Sydney Kucine

American soprano, Sydney Kucine, brings the highest caliber of vocal technique and musicality to each performance, captivating audiences around the world. On the concert stage, she recently sang the soprano soloist in the Hayes Gloria at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

Her operatic roles include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Micaëla (La Tragedie de Carmen), Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and more. She has participated in Young Artist Programs at Sarasota Opera, the Greek Opera Studio, and the Chautauqua Institute. She has recently received awards from the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition as well as The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, San Francisco District.

Ms. Kucine enjoys studying languages, traveling, and experiencing different cultures. She studied Italian at the Accademia di Firenze and is fluent in both English and Italian. Ms. Kucine studies voice with Patricia McCaffrey and coaches with Kamal Khan in New York City and is represented by Piper Artists Management.

Anna Willson

Anna Willson is a vocalist and pianist from Yakima, WA. She graduated with a degree in voice and piano from Whitworth University in Spokane Washington, and then went on to get a Master of Vocal Performance degree at The Boston Conservatory in 2017. Some of her biggest highlights since moving to NYC include singing as a soloist and section leader for the premiere of In the Name of the Earth by John Luther Adams in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and workshopping a brand new piece with Johnathan Dove at Lincoln Center.

In addition to her regular singing at Marble, she is a section leader and soloist with the Canterbury Choral Society at the Church of the Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side. She is very passionate about early music and sings with several ensembles dedicated to music before 1750. She sings with Polyhymnia, a 16-member vocal ensemble specializing in music written between 1450 and 1650. She is a member of the New York Continuo Collective, a chamber group of early musicians that present a concert series of 17th century music at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She also has a lute song duo Good Pennyworths that performs 16th century English Lute Music in Renaissance garb to the good walkers of Central Park and presents house concerts to anyone who will host wandering troubadours. In her free time, she also likes to play her harpsichord and lute.

In addition to her performance career, she also maintains a private studio of students, and holds a toddler sing-along class with her ukulele at Canary Music of Dumbo in Brooklyn. She is the accountant for the Lute Society of America and is Director of Operations for PROJECT:ENCORE, a not-for-profit aimed at helping choral composers promote their new works.

Christopher Tefft

Christopher Tefft is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. BRONX OPERA: Trial by Jury, Bartered Bride. MET OPERA ACTOR: Aida, Turandot, Tosca, and La Boheme. NEW ROCHELLE OPERA: La Traviata. METRO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Mahogonny Songspiel. Christopher performed Off-Broadway as the Principal Understudy for New York Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s Drama Desk Nominated production Amerike: The Golden Land. Regionally he has appeared in Les Miserables with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Training: BFA Millikin University and Interlochen Arts Academy.

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