Friday, March 8, 2024
Jewett Auditorium, C of I
$20, $25, $35 Adult | $10, $12, $18 Child
Sons of Serendip is a musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. In 2014 they came together to begin what they know will be a long, beautiful, journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts by competing and becoming finalists on America’s Got Talent, Season 9 (NBC). The group was also featured on the inaugural season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions. They hope that their music will resonate deeply with listeners and that, in some way, it will make their lives a little better – even if just for a moment.
Micah Christian (vocals), a native of Randolph, Massachusetts, became interested in music at an early age. However, it wasn’t until his senior year of high school, when he earned a solo in the Massachusetts Southeastern District Senior Choir, that he realized his potential as a musician. As a freshman at Stonehill College, he decided to follow his passion for music. For the next five years, he spent his summers performing with the Cape Cod-based a cappella group, Hyannis Sound, and his love for music deepened. Alongside Micah’s passion for music is his desire to help build a better world. He has volunteered for a year in Honduras, and a month in Calcutta, India with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Also, in 2013, after graduating from Boston University with a Master of Divinity, he and his wife volunteered in a rural community in northern Peru for another year. As a member of Sons of Serendip, Micah hopes to inspire others to use their gifts to spread love and build a better world.
Nathaniel Taylor (cello) is establishing himself as a passionate and charismatic performer with a variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral music engagements across the United States. Nathaniel is the Grand Prize winner of the ASTA Masters Competition (2016), Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition (2017), and has received fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center (2017/2018) and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (2018). An active chamber musician, Nathaniel has been chosen numerous times to play in the Chamber Music Honors Concerts at the Boston Conservatory in performances of Berg String Quartet Op.3, Ravel String Quartet, Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Dvorak “Dumky” Trio, and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. He has received chamber music coaching from Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, the Juilliard Quartet, Judith Eissenberg of the Lydian Quartet, and Norman Fischer. Nathaniel received his BM (2015), Graduate Performance Diploma (2017), Professional Studies Certificate (2018), and Artist Diploma (2020) from the Boston Conservatory where he studied with Rhonda Rider and Patrice Jackson. Nathaniel currently plays on a Kevin Kelly cello and a gold-mounted Salchow bow that was generously gifted to him by the Manganaro Family and Curme family.
Mason Morton (harp) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He lived in a house full of love and encouragement with his mom, an aunt, and his grandparents. He always admired his grandparents, and he says he learned his drive, determination, and taste in music from them. His love of music was instilled early on, and quickly became a passion for him. Mason began to see his own potential with the help of his harp mentors: principal harpist of the Atlanta Ballet, Nella Rigell, and former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot. It was their combined confidence in Mason that gave him the courage to believe in himself. After completing his graduate studies at Boston University, he is thrilled his musical journey has led him to Sons of Serendip. It is here he has gained the brotherhood he has longed for. As a member of Sons of Serendip, he hopes that his journey will help to inspire others to follow their dreams.
Cordaro Rodriguez (piano) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He began teaching himself piano at the age of 10 and became well-versed in several other instruments as well as in music production. He has produced music for several well-known international artists such as Verbal, Kylie Minogue, CREAM, and Def Tech. After graduating from Princeton University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, he spent a year volunteering as an English teacher in Ecuador. He then attended Boston University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 2012. At Boston University he serendipitously reconnected with his childhood friend, Kendall Ramseur, and met his future bandmates — Mason Morton and Micah Christian. As a member of Sons of Serendip, Cordaro is very grateful to have the opportunity to pursue his love for music.