by Dave Cunningham, Staff Writer
How Beautiful Can a Male Singing Voice
See Terry Barber at the Bay Club.
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2 PM
Port Ludlow Performing Arts is bringing in one of the most unique performers ever to grace the Bay Club stage—Terry Barber, a countertenor who has appeared on every major record label, singing with such Grammy-winning artists as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan and Chanticleer. His concert is a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 11. So, what exactly is a countertenor? The term is used to describe a male alto voice, either natural or falsetto, and it can also refer to the highest-pitched, natural male singing voice.
Whether singing classical or popular favorites, he breathes new life into everything he sings and crafts what the Los Angeles Times called “performances of great vitality and verve.”
Barber’s most recent recording project, Christmas Presence, was produced by seventeen-time Grammy- winning “classical producer of the year” Steven Epstein, who produced albums for Wynton Marsalis, Placido Domingo, Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma and Idina Menzel. In recent years, the focus of Barber’s career has been his international tours, with more than 150 solo tour performances throughout the world.
Julie Hassett, Executive Director of the Colorado River Concert Association, had this to say about Barber: “A musical experience, entertaining beyond what we imagined ‘classical’ could be, and yet informative and inspiring. His use of voice challenges what we thought possible, and every performance is delivered as a piece of theater. He took our audience by the hand and helped them to connect with the art, resulting in laughs, tears and a real connection with this genuine artist, whom we can’t wait to invite back. His concert was among our all-time favorites.”
As a member of the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Barber was hailed as “the jewel in Chanticleer’s crown” while performing classical, gospel, jazz, and folk music in over a dozen languages at more than a hundred concerts around the globe.
Barber has worked under the baton of many of the world’s most accomplished conductors and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their staging of Sly, starring Placido Domingo.
Barber made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with the National Chorale under Martin Josman. He was also featured with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which prompted the Atlanta Journal Constitution to rave that “his grasp of the texts and elegant phrasing made for charismatic singing … Barber has star quality.”
In 2009, Terry founded Artist for a Cause Inc., a non-profit which helps visual and performing artists to use their talent for community improvement. His personal work with the organization includes Classical for Schools, which will impact more than 10,000 students this year in the U.S. and Canada through a performance lecture, challenging notions about what is possible with the human voice and recognizing the importance of arts education and a classical foundation within the arts.
The concert is being underwritten by Beth Weaver, Terri Ross (in loving memory of Lanny) and Gil Skinner (in loving memory of Barbara Jean Skinner). Port Ludlow Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on Education Outreach often bringing live, professional performances to local schools.
For tickets to the Terry Barber performance, go online to portludowperformingarts.com.