Soprano Brett Kroeger is in preparation for a concert of the greatest songs of World War I, with opening performances at the Liederkranz of New York City on Dec. 7th, 2014 and at the Greenwich Arts Council in Greenwich, CT on Dec. 13, 2014. Over There: Greatest Hits of the Great War is the singer’s collaboration with Broadway arranger and pianist Christopher Denny. Admission to the show is free of charge.
“The man who disparages music as a luxury and non-essential is doing the nation an injury,” was the way President Woodrow Wilson viewed the importance of song during the conflict. “Music, now, more than ever before,” he said, “is a national need.” Over Thereshowcases the music that mattered in the years from 1914 to 1918, a chronicle in song of the World War I experience for soldiers and those back home alike.
As Brett Kroeger explains, “Music during the war was used for political propaganda, to rally the troops, to keep the home fires burning, to bring a little humor in desperate times, and to help people reflect on the past, present and future. It’s been exciting to go back to a time before cellphones or IPads or computers or television or even radio and put together this program of the chart-topping World War I hits, songs that reflect the emotions and experiences of the times, both back home and Over There.”
Locally, Brett has been performing for the past two years with Troupers Light Opera and will also be among the soloists at the Troupers gala, “An Evening of Operetta: Gilbert and Sullivan and Friends” for one night only on November 1, 2014 at the Pequot Library in Southport, CT. Troupers Light Opera will celebrate the beginning of their 70th season with this production.
About Brett Kroeger
Brett Kroeger, who lives in Riverside CT, has appeared with Troupers Light Opera in the role of Edith for the company’s April 2014 production of Pirates of Penzance. She sang with the Taconic Opera in its 2014 premier production of the Dan Montez oratorio, Jonah. She was the featured vocalist at La Fenice in Venice for Hebrew University’s European conference on “The Song of Songs.” In New York, she has sung the roles of Flora and Annina in La Traviata (LDTS Temple, Bill Schuman Presents); Tisbe inCenerentola and Micaela in Carmen (New York Consulate of Argentina).
For the Manhattan Opera Repertory Company, she performed Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Pamina inDie Zauberflöte, Sandman/Dewfairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Marguerite in Faust. As a resident artist with DiCapo Opera, she appeared as Julie in Dangerous Liaisons, Sylviane in The Merry Widow and the premier novice in Suor Angelica. More information and links to past performances can be found athttp://brettkroeger.com