Community Concert: The Changing World

Featuring Kathleen Berger, Soprano
with Paul Nicosia, Tenor and Riley McKinich, Collaborative Piano

October 7, 2018 – 3:00 PM
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church
Family Friendly – Free Admission – Audience Participation

The Changing World

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love, it is the prerogative of the brave.” – Mahatma Gandhi


Versatile soprano Kathleen Berger, a soloist in last season’s MusicaNova production of Bach’s St. John Passion, is joined by tenor Paul Nicosia and collaborative pianist Riley McKinch in an exciting program ranging from art song, to opera, to Broadway favorites.

Featured are numbers from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Erich Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, and medleys from shows by Broadway composers Jerome Kern (Showboat, Very Warm for May, and Roberta); George Gershwin (Funny Face, Shall We Dance), and Irving Berlin (Annie Get Your Gun, including an audience sing-along on God Bless America).

Kathleen Berger, soprano, recently appeared as Miss Andrew (Mary Poppins/Arizona Broadway Theatre); Soprano Soloist (Bach’s St. John Passion/MusicaNova Orchestra); Baroness/Lisbon Woman/Waitress (Candide/Arizona Opera); Eulalie McKechnie Shinn (The Music Man/Broadway at the Orpheum); Soprano Soloist (Michael Haydn’s Requiem/GCC); Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great: Gershwin (Musical Instrument Museum) Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/Fountain Hills Theatre); Love is Here to Stay: A Gershwin Cabaret (Theater Works); Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd/Mesa Encore Theatre – Best Supporting Actress Award); Nettie Fowler (Carousel/Arizona Broadway Theatre); Yvonne (Sunday in the Park With George/Fountain Hills Theatre); The Queen (SpellBound!/Southwest Shakespeare, world premiere); Solange (Follies/Theater Works, AZ premiere); Velma (Hairspray/Desert Foothills Theater); Miss Jones (How to Succeed in Business…/Theater Works, AriZoni nomination); I Get a Kick Out of Cole (Theater Works); Rose (The Secret Garden/Arizona Broadway Theatre). Nationally/Internationally: Violetta (La traviata); Musetta (La bohème); Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor); Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); the Witch (Into the Woods), and many more.

She is the founder of Berger Artist Management, representing opera and crossover singers across the country and the world. Kathleen is the only American singer to ever appear with the zarzuela company Compañía Lírica Dolores Marco in Spain, which makes her sound way more important than she is. I love and couldn’t do this without wine, coffee, my SuperManuel & Tiny Twin Alba-Berger babies, my family, and the Four Kitties of the Apocalypse. 

Paul Nicosia, an American tenor praised for his “innate musicality” and “accessible vocal versatility and flexibility,” most recently appeared with MusicaNova in 2016’s The Sacred and the Sardonic, singing two world premieres.  The same season, Paul sang the role of Danny and covered the roles of Roy Dexter in the Arizona premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera and debuted at the Arizona Bach Festival as the Tenor Soloist in the St. John Passion.  He’s also been heard at Utah Festival Opera, as a Resident Artist at Sarasota Opera, and in roles at Arizona Opera, Opera New Jersey, and the Des Moines Metro Opera.

Collaborative Pianist Riley McKinch is currently pursuing a DMA in Collaborative Piano at ASU under the direction of Russell Ryan. Recent performances include recitals in Los Angeles with SongFest, including the world premiere of a song cycle by composer Juliana Hall. As a TA in the collaborative piano department of ASU he performs regularly with instrumental and vocal students and with the Lyric Opera Theatre. Riley enjoys an active career as a freelance pianist and vocal coach as well.