Local musicians to perform within LeAnna Tuff exhibit in Cottonwood Center for the Arts gallery space


"Passion Unleashed" from A Peek Behind the Curtain - LEANNA TUFF
  • LeAnna Tuff
  • "Passion Unleashed" from A Peek Behind the Curtain
In conjunction with Cottonwood Center for the Arts' current exhibit of paintings by LeAnna Tuff, A Peek Behind the Curtain, local musicians will perform two concerts of beloved tunes from opera and musicals on Aug. 18 and 19.

The artist’s husband Peter Tuff, executive director of the Colorado Springs Chorale, will join mezzo-soprano Jennifer DeDominici, soprano Kate Adam Johnson, tenor Todd Teske and pianist Daniel Brink in the center’s main gallery space.

Currently on display in that space, A Peek Behind the Curtain represents a departure from LeAnna Tuff’s usual photorealistic portraiture, and “celebrates the wonder of being transported to other times and places through a story, a song or dance, or a costume.”

Peter Tuff says: “I’m excited to perform with these wonderful artists in the gallery where LeAnna’s paintings capture so much of the emotion that we singers experience, and her exhibition of costumed performers will be the perfect backdrop for these concerts.”

Tickets to the performances will be $10 for students with ID, and $20 for the general public.

See below for more about each musician from the Tuffs' press release:

Kate Adam Johnson, soprano has an extensive repertoire of stage and concert works, and she has appeared with Opera Theatre of the Rockies as Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, the title role in Lehar’s The Merry Widow and more. Kate has appeared as a soloist with the Greeley Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Colorado Springs Symphony, MacLaren Quartet, Colorado Springs Chorale, Larimer Chorale, Soli Deo Gloria, Colorado College, First United Methodist Church, and Parish House Baroque. She has a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and she currently serves as Catholic Music Director of the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. and her trumpet player husband have two sons.

Jennifer DeDominici, mezzo-soprano has been seen performing here in Colorado Springs as Mary Poppins, Maria in The Sound of Music, Carmen, Judy in 9 to 5, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Grace in Annie, Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Hansel, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, and Mrs. Jones in Street Scene. She has worked with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and Theatreworks. She is the new principal voice instructor at Colorado College.

Todd Teske, tenor recently performed works by Monteverdi, Bach, and Handel with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and with the Seicento Baroque Ensemble. Todd can be heard soloing in the Hollywood movie A Remarkable Life. With Conspirare, he recorded The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi), which garnered a 2014 Grammy for Best Choral Performance. He made his Kennedy Center solo debut in Hand¬el’s LÁllegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato for the Mark Morris Dance Group. His European opera debut was at Giessen Stadttheater in Germany performing the title roles in Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot and in the world premiere of Jean Francaix’s Le Diable Boiteux. Todd will soon appear in the world premiere of the opera Locust by Anne M. Guzzo.

Peter Tuff, baritone has been described as “an outstanding singer” (Salzburger Nachrichten) and “impressive…strong and commanding” (San Francisco Examiner). Peter has performed over 30 leading roles and dozens of supporting roles in opera, operetta, and musical theater in a career spanning thirty years on three continents. Colorado Springs audiences are familiar with Peter’s performances with Opera Theatre of the Rockies (The Mikado, Carmen, Pagliacci, La Cenerentola), and with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s 9th, Copland’s Old American Songs), and with Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (Beethoven’s 9th). He serves as executive director of the Colorado Springs Chorale.

Daniel Brink, pianist is well known as a teacher, vocal coach, collaborative artist, and adjudicator throughout the Front Range of Colorado. Dan is in his 20th season as Music Director and Principal Coach/Accompanist with Opera Theatre of the Rockies. He has been a member of the music faculty of Colorado College since 1987 and has taught on the faculty of the Colorado College Vocal Arts Festival since its inception. He is also Principal Accompanist for the Colorado Springs Chorale. He is a gifted arranger whose works have been performed extensively. Dan has degrees from University of Southern Colorado and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

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