First Fridays presents Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes
Friday, August 2, 2019 // 5 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church // 1209 N Broadway, Milwaukee

Enjoy a program featuring the Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 and Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65  by Johannes Brahms
These waltzes are songs about love from a wide variety of emotions and featuring various angles.

Saira Frank, soprano
Kristen DiNinno, mezzo-soprano
Tim Rebers, tenor
Thomas Weis, bass
James Nowack, piano
Maggie Rebers, piano

For details about this concert series, contact Julie Schoenrock at or call 414-271-3006.

Artist Biographies:

Soprano Saira Frank has been featured with Madison Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Painted Sky Opera and Elgin Opera, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Florentine Opera, and Opera San Luis Obisbo. Roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Duchess Christina/Sagredo (Galileo Galilei), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) and the title roles in Tosca, The Merry Widow and Alcina. She holds degrees in voice and French from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in opera from UW Madison. Saira serves as Managing Director for Opera for the Young and is on the voice faculty at Carroll University.
Learn more about Saira Frank - CLICK HERE.

Kristen DiNinno, mezzo-soprano, recently performed the role of Rosalia in West Side Story with Shreveport Opera. She earned her doctorate Voice from the University of Michigan this past spring. While there, she sang the role of Pluton in Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée, Lucy in Bolcom's Dinner at Eight, and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Last spring, she was in Michigan Opera Theater's preview concerts for Ricky Ian Gordon's 27. Kristen has enjoyed performing across the United States with companies such as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Florentine Opera, and Skylight Music Theatre
Learn more about Kristen DiNinno - CLICK HERE.

Tim Rebers, tenor, is a singer, actor, composer, and conductor. He has performed in plays, musicals, and operas with Skylight Music Theatre (Kiss Me, Kate; Tales of Hoffmann; Urinetown, Pirates of Penzance), Milwaukee Opera Theatre (Carmina Burana; 1776), Florentine Opera, Opera for the Young, Madison Savoyards (Die Fledermaus) and Acacia Theatre. His first full length opera (Thank You. Next!) was commissioned and performed by Milwaukee Opera Theatre in 2016. Tim performs recitals regularly with his wife and accompanist, Maggie. He will debut the role of Don José in Carmen with the newly formed Brew City Opera August 23-25, 2019.
Learn more about Tim Rebers - CLICK HERE.

Showing his vocal versatility, lyric bass Dr. Thomas J. Weis has appeared as leading man in Kiss Me Kate and The Music Man with The Heartland Festival in Platteville, Wisconsin, Grandpa Moss in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of The Tender Land, which aired on PBS in January 2003, and as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the MSO. Thomas has sung as bass soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and Brahms’ Requiem.  Thomas has been an active voice teacher and performer at Carroll University in Waukesha and serves on the Wisconsin NATS board.
Learn more about Dr. Thomas J. Weis - CLICK HERE.

Dr. James Nowack has been the Director of Choral Activities at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1994, where he conducts the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and the Chamber Choir. Annual concert tours have taken his groups throughout the U.S., as well as England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, and the Czech Republic. The choirs were featured in their own hour-long Christmas specials on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006 and 2010. Dr. Nowack serves the church and community as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for regional and national workshops and festivals, including the WELS Conference for Worship, Music, and the Arts; the Bel Canto Regional Artist Competition; and the American Choral Director’s Association undergraduate conducting competition.
Learn more about Dr. James Nowack - CLICK HERE.

Maggie Rebers works as a freelance pianist in the Milwaukee area. She has played for concerts and theatrical productions with Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Acacia Theatre, and Music By The Lake and has performed solo for special events with the Charles Allis Art Museum, the Villa Terrace, the Pfister Hotel, and the Florentine Opera Company. She collaborates extensively with professional and college-age singers, teaches private piano lessons, and coordinates the First Fridays Concert Series. Maggie is honored to share the bench with her role model and former choir director Dr. Nowack!