HARPERS FERRY — Operatic baritone Warren Fremling will be the soloist and hymn leader at the Easter Sunrise Service Sunday.
The service takes place at the Harper Cemetery on Fillmore Street in Harpers Ferry and will begin at 6:30 a.m.
Fremling will also be a soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 898 Washington Street in Harpers Ferry at the 9 a.m. Easter Eucharist service. On Easter Monday, at 6 p.m., he will present a benefit concert of Easter season music at St. John’s. The public is invited. An entrance fee at the door will be used for the St. John’s building fund.
Fremling grew up in Deerfield, Ill., acting and singing in high school musicals and doing folk music concerts and accompanying himself on guitar. He found inspiration in the natural world, walking along the paths by the Des Plaines River, and in the strong music department at Deerfield High School. Even today, working mostly as a master teacher and a concert artist, he performs music that reflects his connection with nature, and his roots in both folk music and Broadway show tunes.
Fremling holds a bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s in Music from Northwestern University, and a doctorate from The American Conservatory of Music.
Appearing in leading roles with the Chicago Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Opera Theater, the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony, National Educational Television, Des Moines Metro Opera, he has also covered roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a guest artist he has appeared at Youngstown State University, Oberlin; The Ohio State University; the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater; Clarion State University; and the University of Pittsburgh, where he appeared in the U.S. premiere of a staging of Lully’s “Castor et Pollux.”
He has also toured in musical theater as well, playing Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” Jud in “Oklahoma,” Billy Bigalow in “Carousel,” Julian Marsh in “42nd Street” and El Gallo in “The Fantasticks.” He has appeared with such luminaries as Beverly Sills, Jon Vickers and Gordon MacRae.
In May, he will be singing the world premiere of a of a song cycle, “A Wonder is What It Is,” with music by Phillip Orem and texts by Wendell Berry, with the composer at the piano. To hear cuts from Fremling’s album of folk and popular songs, “Dancin’ With the One Who Brought Me,” go to CD-Baby. The album is available for download or as a CD for $15.
The program on Monday at St. John’s will include: “Ride On King Jesus” by H.T. Burleigh; “Deep River” also by Burleigh; “Sweet the Moments Rich In Blessing” in a Southern Harmony arrangement by Douglas Wagner; “At the River” arranged by Aaron Copland; “Zion’s Walls” also arranged by Copland; “Pilgrim’s Song” by Tchaikovsky; “In the Fields” by Charlotte Mew and John Duke and “The Lost Chord” by Sir Arthur Sullivan. The concert will conclude with the Ralph Vaughn-Williams cycle, Five Mystical Songs: “Easter,” “I Brought Me Flowers,” “Love Bid Me Welcome,” “Come My Way, My Truth, My Light” and “Antiphon.” For more information, or to arrange reserved group seating, call 304-535-2009.