Mayor’s Concert to feature area vocalists

TROY — The Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band and Summer Chorus is featuring two notable and outstanding vocalists from the area at a concert set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy.

The theme for the 2015 Troy Mayors’ Concert is “Lincoln and Liberty: Music of the Civil War Era.” As this year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Lincoln, and the Sculptures on the Square is featuring “Return Visit, the bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, it is appropriate that the music of that era be highlighted and brought to the downtown Troy stage.

Troy’s own Rachael Andrew Boezi, a mezzo soprano, has sung professionally in the choruses of the Dayton Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Baltimore Opera, and New Jersey Opera Theatre and with the vocal ensemble, Musica. Rachael studied voice at DePauw University School of Music and in Vienna, Austria at the Hochschule fur Musik.

Rachael is a choir member and frequent soloist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, where she also directs a children’s choir. She works at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center and lives in Troy with her husband and three children.

Baritone Errik M. Hood, a Dayton native, has appeared professionally with Madison Opera, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Project Columbus, Chautauqua Opera, and Opera New Jersey, as well as with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Gallion Community Orchestra, Yellow Springs Community Orchestra, Capriccio Vocal Ensemble, Bach Society of Dayton, and with resident orchestras of Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Northern Kentucky University.

Hood holds a Bachelor of Music from Wright State University, a Master of Music from The Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University, and is a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University. He also has taught voice at Northern Kentucky University, Wright State University, The Ohio State University, and Northwestern University, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Dayton.

The rain location for the concert is Hobart Arena.