Artist Series Welcomes Norman Reinhardt '01

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University will feature one of its own, tenor Norman Reinhardt ’01, for its final Artist Series event of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Hughes Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Asbury's February Artist Series event features tenor Norman Reinhardt '01.
Asbury's February Artist Series event features tenor Norman Reinhardt '01.

Reinhardt is not only a graduate of Asbury, but also the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio and has performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra National de Lille (France), the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and the Boston Lyric Opera, among others. From 2009-12 Reinhardt sang with Oper Leipzig (Germany), where he performed a variety of roles, in addition to making guest appearances in productions throughout Europe.

“Norman's singing captures the listener’s heart, mind and soul,” said Dr. Bea Holz. professor of music education and voice at Asbury. “You don't even have to understand what he's singing (when he's singing in foreign languages) in order to appreciate what you hear. The amazing quality of his sound and the charisma of his presence onstage seems to capture even the hearts of listeners who don't like classical music.”

Reinhardt won his first Metropolitan Opera audition as an undergraduate at Asbury, competing at the district level against graduate students from such schools as the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati as well as the graduate opera students from the University of Kentucky. He completed a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky before graduating from the performance program offered by the Houston Grand Opera.

The program for the Artist Series performance includes selections from composers such as Gioachinno Rossini, Sergei Rachmaninov, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, as well as popular Broadway pieces. Cliff Jackson, one of America’s finest piano accompanists, will serve as Reinhardt’s pianist at the event. Jackson studied as an undergraduate at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and pursued graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. 

“I remember with awe the joy of conducting the Messiah concert in 2000 at which Norman served as the tenor soloist,” Holz said. “The Asbury Orchestra seemed to rise to new levels of excellence to match the vocal artistry of this outstanding undergraduate. Asbury has had many very talented vocalists, but I believe that Norman's success in the professional world of opera has been a singular achievement among our undergraduates.”

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