Past Performances


 
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American Serenade

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
May 11 & 12, 2019

Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, PA

Copland, Clarinet Concerto
Bernstein, Serenade

“Sellner has shown the kind of creativity and passion that predicts a bright future for her company and the brilliant array of artists she features.” - Y. Hudson, Pittsburgh in the Round

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BACH’S ST. JOHN PASSION

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
March 22 & 24, 2019

Heinz Memorial Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, PA

Joseph Gaines, Evangelist
Joshua Jeremiah, Pilate & Aria soloist
Ivan Plazačić, Jesus
Aria soloists: Katy Williams, Thespina Christulides, Corrie Stallings, Christina English, George Milosh, William Ottow

“Prepare to be moved by Bach’s St. John Passion… This concert represents how Sellner so expertly crafts programs showcasing such masterworks. Sellner’s artists are talented, established and rising stars; they are expressive actors, committed to the audience as well as their art… Oratorios of this scope are tackled only by choirs and organizations that can truly deliver the solo, orchestral, and choral goods, and Resonance Works fits that bill.” - Y. Hudson, Pittsburgh in the Round

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
December 15, 2018

The Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA

Guest Conductor

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A JOYOUS SOUND

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
December 7 & 9, 2018

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, PA
Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

“Effervescent, nostalgic, fresh and full of light, A Joyous Sound from Resonance Works Pittsburgh is all that a delightful holiday gift should be.”Pittsburgh in the Round

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TREE OF LIFE: A CONCERT FOR PEACE AND UNITY

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
November 27, 2018

Cover Conductor

Manfred Honeck, conductor
broadcast nationally on PBS (Watch)

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THANKSGIVING TRADITION: RACHMANINOFF RHAPSODY

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
November 23 & 25, 2018

Cover Conductor

Manfred Honeck, conductor
works by Rossini, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, J. Strauss

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I’M A DREAMER WHO NO LONGER DREAMS

White Snake Projects
November 12-13, 2018

New Opera Workshop
Boston, MA

Jorge Sosa, composer
Cerise Jacobs, creator and librettist

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HART INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN CONDUCTORS

The Dallas Opera
October 28 - November 10, 2018

Faculty: Carlo Montanaro, Nicole Paiement, Emmanuel Villaume, and others
Press Releases:  2018 Hart Participants Announced / 2018 Hart Institute Concert

Maria debuted with the Dallas Opera orchestra, conducting works by Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Britten.

“hardly glancing at the singers, Maria Sensi-Sellner just seemed to know what they were going to do, and to provide just the right support.  The American conductor also smartly managed the contrasting moods of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa Overture” — Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

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On the Town in concert

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
October 19 & 21, 2018

New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

“Sellner’s vision has again brought audiences a performance to treasure”Pittsburgh in the Round

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Meadowood Gala Concert

Festival Napa Valley
July 20, 2018

Cover Conductor
Joel Revzen, conductor
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Blackburn Academy Orchestra

Rusalka

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
May 11 & 13, 2018

Charity Randall Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Premiere!

“Sensi Sellner displayed keen insight into the music that tells the tale of human and supernatural worlds on a multi-layered collision course of emotions.”
— George Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
April 20-22, 2018

Cover Conductor, pre-concert lecture
Manfred Honeck, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

Stuckey - Silent Spring
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Brahms - Symphony No. 4

The Brahms and Stuckey pieces were recorded for future release on Reference Recordings

Regal Classics

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
March 24 & 25, 2018

Cover Conductor, pre-concert lecture
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Elgar - Symphony No. 1
Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme
Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

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little match girl passion

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
March 17 & 18, 2018

Homewood Cemetery Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA

Lorna McGhee, flute
Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez, violin
Meghan DeWald, soprano
Barbara LeMay, mezzo-soprano
Ian McEuen, tenor
Matthew Scollin, bass-baritone
Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Festival Chorus

Bach - Komm, Jesu, Komm
Bach - Concerto in C Major, BWV 1055
Dafnis - How Long Ago
Golijov - Lua descolorida
MacMillan - Lux Aeterna
Bernstein - Halil
Pärt - Fratres
Lang - little match girl passion - Pittsburgh Premiere!

Resonance Works delivers strong Pittsburgh premiere of 'little match girl passion'
"Resonance Works | Pittsburgh has demonstrated an innovative streak in its musical programming, earning its own niche in the city’s concert landscape...” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A stunning site-specific experience born of a well-conceived partnership with Homewood Cemetery, little match girl passion was a program centered around the regional premiere of that Lang work, but the evening offered much more... Sellner wove an effective and moving exploration of universal themes... Sellner’s setting this piece and the entire program in such a perfectly evocative and reverent place demonstrates the intuitive creativity at the heart of the Resonance mission." - Pittsburgh in the Round

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Home for the HOlidays

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
December 16, 2017

Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA

Guest Conductor
Shannon Jennings, soprano

Amahl & the Night Visitors

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
December 15 & 17, 2017

Charity Randall Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
Debussy - Danses Sacrée et Profane
Vivaldi - Bassoon Concerto in E minor
Menotti - Amahl & the Night Visitors
- Craig Joseph, stage director

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Hart INstitute for Women Conductors

The Dallas Opera
November 2018

Observer Conductor

Beethoven’s Eroica

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
October 27-29, 2017

Cover Conductor
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

MacMillan - Larghetto (WORLD PREMIERE, Manfred Honeck 10th Anniversary Commission)
Schumann - Cello Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

The Beethoven and MacMillan were recorded during these performances for Reference Recordings.
The recording of Beethoven’s Eroica was nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY.

Patti Austin: Beyond the American Song Book

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
October 20-22, 2017

Cover Conductor
Lawrence Loh, conductor

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Hester

Center for Contemporary Opera
October 12 & 15, 2017

National Opera Center Recital Hall
Hester by Richard Alan White
Development Series

New York Times: A composer's debut at 82
NPR Here & Now: At 82, A Former College Security Guard Debuts His Opera

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Saint-Saëns Thundering Organ Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
September 22-24, 2017

Cover Conductor, pre-concert lecture
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Adams - Lollapalooza
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Pigovat - ...therefore choose life... (WORLD PREMIERE, Manfred Honeck 10th Anniversary Commission)
Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

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L’Elisir d’amore

Hubbard Hall Opera
August 11-20, 2017

A remount of the 2014 award-winning production from Resonance Works Pittsburgh

Andrew Nienaber, stage director
Cast: Lindsay Ohse, Christopher Lucier, Patrick McNally, Andrew Adelsberger, Rebecca Shorstein

"I can’t remember ever having so much fun at an opera...Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner, who also served as Artistic Advisor, is inspired and astonishingly versatile, and her orchestra was nothing short of sensational." - Berkshire on Stage

"Not only is Hubbard Hall Opera Company’s production of the “The Elixir of Love” a wonderful professional offering of a delightful comic opera, it is probably one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season." - The Troy Record

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Jane Lynch Sings the Great American Songbook

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
July 7, 2017

Cover Conductor
Andres Franco, conductor

The O’Jays

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
June 29, 2017

Cover Conductor
Andres Franco, conductor

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Pops: Ella & Louis: ALl That Jazz

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
June 16-18, 2017

Cover Conductor
Lawrence Loh, conductor
Byron Stripling, trumpet & vocals
Marva Hicks, vocals

Fuse: Time for Three

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
June 14, 2017

Cover Conductor
Steve Hackman, conductor

Falstaff

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
May 12 & 14, 2017

Charity Randall Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

Stephanie Havey, stage director
CAST: Benjamin Bloomfield, Amelia D'Arcy, Joshua Jeremiah, Natalie Polito, Kara Cornell, Brooke Larimer, Joseph Gaines, Christopher Lucier, Matthew Scollin, Benjamin Robinson

“Vocally, the cast is one of uniform excellence…this operatic endeavor on the part of Resonance Works most decidedly deserves capacity patronage. Only one more performance will be given, tomorrow afternoon at 3. Take Mom, a friend, anybody – to a musical treat that they’re not likely to forget any time soon." — George Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

“Resonance Works artistic director Maria Sensi Sellner writes that the mission of the small company she founded here in Pittsburgh four years ago is to ‘showcase outstanding professional artists from Pittsburgh and beyond.’ That’s a mission well-fulfilled this past weekend, which brought together an ensemble of world-class vocal and instrumental musicians to perform Verdi’s Falstaff…Together the orchestra and vocalists rendered Verdi’s complicated music with precision and control” - The Pittsburgh Tatler

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Eugene Onegin

Syracuse Opera
April 7 & 9, 2017

Crouse Hinds Theater @ OnCenter, Syracuse, NY

Valerie Rachelle, stage director

Onegin - Troy Cook
Tatiana - Raquel Gonzalez
Lensky - Andrew Maughan
Olga - Allegra de Vita
Fillipyevna - Brooke Larimer
Mme. Larina - Ivy Walz
Prince Gremin - Gregory Sheppard

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Ein Deutsches Requiem

Westminster Presbyterian Church Music & Arts Series
March 12, 2017

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper Saint Clair, PA

Amelia D'Arcy, soprano
Matthew Scollin, bass-baritone
Christine Hestwood, chorus director & producer

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Side by Side by Sondheim

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
March 4 & 5, 2017

Levy Hall @ Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, PA

Music Director & Producer

Craig Joseph, stage director
Sara Chiesa & Rob Frankenberry, piano

CAST: Hilerie Klein Rensi, Rebecca Shorstein, Gillian Hassert, Daniel Teadt, and Christopher Scott

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…in Excelsis!

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
February 9 & 11, 2017

Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Neal Berntsen, trumpet
Jason Hohn, viola
George Milosh, tenor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra, Festival Chorus & Youth Chorus

MacMillan - Cecilia Virgo
MacMillan - Seraph
Vaughan Williams - Flos Campi
MacMillan - Tota pulchra es
Verdi - Ave Maria
Hovhaness - Prayer of St. Gregory
MacMillan - Gloria      American Premiere!

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Amahl & The Night Visitors

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
December 16 & 18, 2016

Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Sandro Leal Santiesteban, violin
David Gram, stage director
CAST: Barbara LeMay, Robert Frankenberry, Daniel Teadt, Jonathan Stuckey, Joel Goodloe

Theofanidis - I add brilliance to the sun
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
Vivaldi - Winter from the Four Seasons
Menotti - Amahl & the Night Visitors

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Handel’s Messiah

Symphoria!
December 4, 2016

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Syracuse, NY

Guest Conductor

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RE: Rediscover, Renew, Reinvent

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
September 25 & 27, 2016

Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Cello Fury: Nicole Myers, Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz
Stephen Schultz, baroque flute
Uliana Kozhevnikova, piano
Resonance Chamber Orchestra

Britten - Young Apollo
Galbraith - Effervescent Air
Vivaldi - Concerto in G minor for two cellos
Stravinsky - Concerto in E-flat "Dumbarton Oaks"
Galbraith - Other Sun (new orchestration)

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Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival
August 13, 2016

Josie Robertson Plaza, New York, NY

Maria was the Orange Strand Leader/ Conductor for this world premiere by David Lang written for 1000 volunteer singers from all over New York City
Simon Halsey, conductor - Annie-B Parson, choreographer

"the most inspiring feel-good performance of 2016" - Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

 WATCH the complete world premiere performance at PBS.org

Previews: - The New Yorker -  The Wall Street Journal - Interview with David Lang
Review: The New York Times

Live From Lincoln Center episode on the 50th Anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival 

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, August 14, 2016: NPR's Jeff Lunden reports on his experience as a singer in Maria's Orange group.

 
 
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SOng of the Earth

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
May 20 & 22, 2016

Charity Randall Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
A collaboration with TEXTURE Contemporary Ballet

Brooke Larimer, mezzo-soprano
Robert Frankenberry, tenor

Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht (original sextet version)
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg/Riehn)

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Cendrillon

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
April 22 & 24, 2016

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

David Gram, stage director
CAST: Rachele Schmiege, Barbara LeMay, Lindsay Ohse, Anna Singer, Jeffrey Goble, Rebecca Shorstein, Kristina Riegle

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My Fair Lady

Syracuse Opera
April 8 & 10, 2016

Crouse Hinds Theater @ OnCenter, Syracuse, NY

Valerie Rachelle, stage director & choreographer
Symphoria!

CAST: Molly Mustonen, Peter Kendall Clark, Jim Shine, Andrew Maughan, Michael Connor

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Vivaldi’s Gloria

Akron Symphony Chorus
April 3, 2016

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, OH

Shannon Kessler Dooley, soprano
Kara Cornell, mezzo-soprano

Vivaldi - Beatus Vir
Vivaldi - Magnificat
Pukinskis - Requiem Fragments
Vivaldi - Gloria

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Bach’s St. John Passion

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
March 4 - 6, 2016

Manfred Honeck, conductor

with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Maria Sensi Sellner, Acting Music Director

Sam Helfrich, stage director

Production of Bach's 'St. John Passion' rich, bold
"The Mendelssohn Choir was divided to serve double duty. The smaller group was mid-stage on the left side, and had superb dramatic thrust. The larger group was spread across the back of the stage and was magnificent in Bach's chorales." -- Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

PSO blog - Scene's from the St. John Passion

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Bon Appétit!

a benefit for Resonance Works Pittsburgh
February 27, 2016

Clear Story Studio, Pittsburgh, PA

Hoiby - Bon Appétit!
featuring Anna Singer as Julia Child

Bach - Coffee Cantata
Andrew Nienaber, stage director
Rebecca Shorstein, John Dooley, George Milosh

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Amahl & the Night Visitors

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
December 11-13, 2015

Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

David Gram, stage director
CAST: Sabrina Knox, Barbara LeMay, Robert Frankenberry, Daniel Teadt, Jonathan Stuckey, Angelo Ragghianti

Respighi - Trittico Botticeliano
Menotti - Amahl & the Night Visitors

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Highmark Holiday Pops

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
December 11-20, 2015

Daniel Meyer, conductor
with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Maria Sensi Sellner, Acting Music Director

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Handel’s Messiah

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
December 5, 2015

Manfred Honeck, conductor
with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Maria Sensi Sellner, Acting Music Director

Pittsburgh Symphony's "Messiah" culminates in majestic splendor
"The Mendelssohn Choir was placed around the orchestra on stage, rather than on risers at the rear of the stage. The group was very well prepared by its acting music director, Maria Sensi Sellner, and sang with admirable clarity, balance and tone. Each section, the sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, was fully articulate.From the alto entrance in the first chorus, “And the glory of the Lord,” and through other beloved sections, such as “For unto us a child is born” and “All we like sheep have gone astray,” straight through to the lengthy final “Amen,” the choir was superb in projecting the words with clear rich textures." -- Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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Mozart’s Coronation Mass

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
December 4 & 6, 2015

Manfred Honeck, conductor
with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Maria Sensi Sellner, Acting Music Director

Listen: Pittsburgh Symphony Radio Audio On-Demand

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The Bernstein Project

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
October 3 & 4, 2015

Levy Hall @ Rodef Shalom congregation, Pittsburgh, PA

Craig Joseph, stage director
CAST: Kara Cornell, Andrew Cummings, Amelia D'Arcy, Rebecca Shorstein, John Dooley, George Milosh
Ryan Leonard, clarinet
Uliana Kozhevnikova, piano
Resonance Chamber Ensemble

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Rigoletto

Hubbard Hall Opera Theater
August 2015

Cambridge, NY

Kirk Jackson, stage director
CAST: Benjamin Bloomfield, Meghan Picerno, Christopher Lucier, Monica Soto-Gil

A Grand, Tragic, and Full-throated "Rigoletto"
"The orchestra of talented regional musicians under the baton of Maria Sensi Sellner sounded spectacular." -- Review from Berkshire on Stage
 
Hubbard Hall Opera Theater takes Verdi's Rigoletto by Storm
"Maria Sensi Sellner masterfully delivers a smooth and balanced performance"
-- Review from Berkshire Fine Arts
 
Hubbard Hall presents World Class production of Rigoletto
-- Review from The Eastwick Press

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Madama Butterfly

Undercroft Opera
August 2015

Antonian Theater, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

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Flamenco Y Tango

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
May 15 & 17, 2015

CAPA Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Maria Dominique Lopez, mezzo-soprano
Carlos Feliciano, tenor
Greta Mutlu, violin
Fanny Ara, Flamenco dancer
CAPA Concert Choir, Stephen Neely, director

de Falla - El Amor Brujo
Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Scenes from Zarzuela

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Rachmaninoff All Night VIgil

Akron Symphony Chorus
May 3, 2015

St. Sebastian Church, Akron, OH

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Lamentation

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
March 27 & 29, 2015

Waverly Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Amelia D'Arcy, soprano
Andrey Nemzer, countertenor
Hannah Whitehead, cello
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra

Bach - Allemande & Sarabande from Cello Suite in C minor
Bach - Erbarme Dich, from the St. Matthew Passion
Mahler - Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5
L. Boulanger - PIe Jesu
Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a  - dedicated to the victims of facism and war
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater

Composing Resonance - Preview feature in Pittsburgh Magazine

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Amahl & the Night Visitors

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
December 5-7, 2014

Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

David Gram, stage director
CAST: Sabrina Knox, Barbara LeMay, Robert Frankenberry, Daniel Teadt, Jonathan Stuckey, Jacob Churilla

Britten - Ceremony of Carols
Menotti - Amahl & the Night Visitors

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Vivaldi’s GLoria

Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
November 9, 2014

Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

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The Elixir of Love

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
September 19 & 21, 2014

The George R. White Studio @ Pittsburgh Opera

Andrew Nienaber, stage director
CAST: Lindsay Ohse, Christopher Lucier, Patrick McNally, Kevin Glavin, Rebecca Shorstein

Winner of The American Prize for Opera Performance

"the most fun at an opera you will ever have!"  
 - Review from The Pittsburgh Tatler
 
"They are showing how to achieve great things with modest forces, in a way that doesn’t feel like anything is missing. I’m excited to see what they do next!" - Review from Miss Music Nerd
 
"If Pittsburgh is recognized for its happy coexistence of industry and culture, conductor Maria Sensi Sellner may embody it."  - Post-Gazette

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Natural Frequency

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
June 7 & 8, 2014

The New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel Teadt, baritone
Chuck Beard, photographer

Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Galbraith - Four Nature Canticles
Barber - Dover Beach
Copland - Appalachian Spring

Maria, Chuck Beard, and Robert Frankenberry talk to WQED-FM's Stephen Baum about Natural Frequency in this Voice of the Arts podcast! 

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Magnificat

Akron Symphony Chorus
May 18, 2014

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, OH

Soloists: Rachele Schmiege, Bethann Dilione, Brooke Larimer, Joseph Gaines, Patrick McNally
with members of the Akron Symphony Orchestra 

Bruckner - Ave Maria
Rachmaninoff - Bogoroditse Devo
Vaughan Williams - Magnificat
Galbraith - Psalm 42 *world premiere, in memory of Claire Hawkins
Bach - Magnificat in D

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Spring for Music Festival: Mozart Requiem

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
May 10, 2014

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Manfred Honeck, Conductor

with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Maria Sensi Sellner, Associate Conductor

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Carmina Burana

Erie Philharmonic
April 5, 2014

Warner Theater, Erie, PA

Daniel Meyer, conductor
with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
prepared by Maria Sensi Sellner, Associate Conductor

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Akron Symphony Holiday Pops

Akron Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
December 18, 20, 21, 2013

E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, OH

Guest Conductor

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Holiday Concert

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Choirs
December 5 & 6, 2013

Carnegie Music Hall & College of Fine Arts Great Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel Teadt, baritone
Jennifer Aylmer, soprano
Zachary Mendez, tenor
Shan Rong Tuo, violin
 
Program included: 
Vivaldi - Winter from The Four Seasons
Finzi - In Terra Pax
Respighi - Fontane di Roma: III. & IV.
arr. Garcia - Wexford Carol 
Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Bach - Dona Nobis Pacem

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Macbeth

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
October 25 & 27, 2013

Charity Randall Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Winner of the 2014 American Prize in Opera Conducting

"mightily impressive!"

David Gram, Stage Director
CAST: Galen Bower, Amelia D’Arcy, Christopher Lucier, Jonathan Stuckey, Joseph Gaines, Brooke Larimer

Review from Berkshire Fine Arts

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Il barbiere di Siviglia

Hubbard Hall Opera Theater
August 16, 17, 22, 24, 25, 2013

Cambridge, NY

Andrew Nienaber, Director

"It was easy to fall in love with the orchestra ... the quality of the sound that conductor Maria Sensi Sellner was able to yield from her musicians was nothing short of incredible."  -- L. Murray, Berkshire on Stage

Rossini Opera an Unqualified Success
“The crisp, polished overture prepared us for a special evening of opera. The 17 pieces played as an absolute unit under the complete control of conductor Maria Sensi Sellner. The tempi were brisk throughout, and Sellner supported the singers with a sure hand, drawing incisive resonant playing in excellent balance with the singers.” -- C. Buchanan, Berkshire Fine Arts

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La finta giardiniera

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summerfest
July 14 & 20, 2013

The Twentieth Century Club, Pittsburgh, PA

CAST: Joseph Gaines, Catherine O'Rourke, Andrey Nemzer, Benjamin Robinson, Rebecca Shorstein, Julia Turnbull, James Rodriguez

"Maria Sensi Sellner led with authority, using a clean beat, choosing excellent tempi and showing admirable sensitivity to the singers."  
 -- Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
 
"Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner held the small chamber orchestra together clearly and with elegant poise, delivering a performance both accurate and rife with musicality"
 -- C. Kriegeskotte, Operapulse

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La Musique Sacrée

Akron Symphony Chorus
May 19, 2013

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, OH

Amanda Russo, mezzo-soprano
with members of the Akron Symphony Orchestra 

Durufle - Ubi Caritas
Vierne - Kyrie
Poulenc - Litanies a la Vierge Noire
Poulenc - Ave Maria from Dialogues of the Carmelites
L. Boulanger - Pie Jesu
Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine
Durufle - Requiem

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Edgewood Symphony 25th Anniversary Concert

Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
May 5, 2013

Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

Guest Conductor

Shostakovich - Festive Overture
Grieg - Piano Concerto
        Walter Morales, Piano

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La Traviata

Hubbard Hall Opera Theater
February 7, 10, 14, 15, 17, 2013

GE Theater @ Proctors, Schenectady, NY

Winner of the 2013 American Prize in Opera Conducting
"...ideal clarity and sensitive pacing, wedding stage and pit comfortably together."

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Highmark Holiday Pops

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
December 20-23, 2012

Daniel Meyer, conductor

with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
prepared by Maria Sensi Sellner, Assistant Conductor

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Poulenc's Gloria

Akron Symphony & Chorus
November 10, 2012

E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, OH

Guest Conductor

Poulenc - Gloria
Rebecca Camm, soprano

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La Traviata

Solon Center for the Arts
September 28, 30 & October 6, 2012

Solon, OH

A collaboration with Kent State University
Jonathon Field, Director

Solon Center's intimate "Traviata" seizes eyes and ears
“No one who attends the Solon Center for the Art’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” can be unmoved by Marian Vogel’s magnetic performance as consumptive courtesan Violetta Valery. ... the orchestra, seated onstage behind the singers, gave a lucid account of Verdi’s score in a reduced version led with flexible assurance by Maria Sensi Sellner.”    -- Donald Rosenberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Orpheus in the Underworld

The Boston Opera Collaborative
July 26-29, 2012

The Strand Theater, Boston, MA

David Gram, Director

'Orpheus' operetta gets down and dirty at the Strand
“... it’s hard not to love a production in which Orpheus’s girlfriend, Maquilla (Erika Mitchell), shoots Eurydice and then ditches the murder weapon with the conductor (Maria Sensi Sellner). Or in which the men form a kick line to do the cancan... The orchestra, under Sellner, is sterling, and so is the chorus of Olympian deities singing “To arms” (with allusions to the “Marseillaise”) and demanding the right to go to hell. The Devil, it seems, really does have all the best tunes.” -- Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe