McLean Community Center 3:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 2016
Seasonal Magic: A Family Concert for All
Chris Rudyj
Mykola Leontovych – Ukrainian Bell Carol (Carol of the Bells)
Antonio Vivaldi – Winter, from “The Seasons”
Chris Rudyj, Violin

Karin Paludan Bryan Jackson
Gian-Carlo Menotti – Highlights from “Amahl and the Night Visitors”
Adolphe Adam – Cantique de Noël
Karin Paludan, Soprano, and Bryan Jackson, Baritone
And songs and carols about the holidays

Programs and artists subject to change.


CHRIS RUDYJ joined The McLean Symphony in 2002, became associate concertmaster in 2004, and was appointed as concertmaster in 2015. Chris, a native of Philadelphia, has lived in the Washington, DC, area for more than 20 years. She is an active amateur violinist, has been a member of the Capital City Symphony (formerly the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra) and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (formerly the Mount Vernon Orchestra), and has performed with various chamber ensembles in the area. Chris studied violin with Greg Fulkerson at Oberlin Conservatory and Estelle Kerner at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Russian studies and from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government with an MA in international commerce and policy. Chris recently changed careers and now works in health policy as a project manager for the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs. Previously, she worked in the legal industry for 20 years. Chris lives in Centreville, Virginia, with husband Erik Grow, of 16 years, and two cats, Gypsy and Mojo.

An “outstanding voice,” according to the Washington Post, soprano KARIN PALUDAN performs in opera, recital, operetta, cabaret, and musical theater, and she also works extensively in educational and community outreach through Washington Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Music for Autism. Performing as a soloist in opera and recital and as one-half of The Paludan Sisters, she has performed throughout the United States with such companies as Community Concerts, New York City Opera, the Utah Festival Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian. Karin and her husband, Drake Sorey (a professional photographer and drummer with The Highballers), live in McLean, Virginia, with their fur-child, Gracie.

BRYAN JACKSON, baritone, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has enjoyed steady success on the regional and nation level. After studying first in Spoleto, Italy, and then in Graz, Austria, he made a series of principal debuts, first at the Washington National Opera, then subsequently with the New York City Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera, Teatro Nacional Panama, Opera Camerata of Washington, Piedmont Symphony, Shippensburg Festival, Opera Bel Cantanti, Annandale Symphony, and Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, among others. Of his performance as Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld for the Atlas Theatre, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post wrote, “I have a lot of time for Jackson. Jupiter, as sung by Bryan Jackson, emerged as a fitting ruler of the evening… In November, in a small role in Washington Concert Opera’s Maria Padilla, he already showed he has a warm, firm voice; here, as Jupiter, he showed that he can carry a leading role, sing well and be both commanding and funny on stage.” Micaele Sparacino of, after a performance of Puccini’s Tosca, wrote: “Baritone Bryan Jackson was suavely sinister and malevolent in his portrayal of the evil Baron Scarpia, chief of police. His voice is impressive in its size and rich timbre. He had no trouble whatever in soaring over the large chorus in the ‘Te Deum,’ which concludes Act I.” Jackson won second place in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria (AIMS 2002) and was a MacAllister Award semifinalist.