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July 1, 2022

The Calidore String Quartet

The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the
New York Times
for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” The
Los Angeles Times
described the quartet as “amazing,” their playing “shockingly deep,” approaching “the kind of sublimity other quartets spend a lifetime searching” and praised its residual of “intellect and expression.” The Washington Post has said that “4 more individual musicians are unimaginable, withal these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.”

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Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Creative person Award, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Thousand Prize of the 2016 Thou-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Order of Lincoln Eye’s Bowers Plan.

In summer 2021, the Calidore made debuts at the Sarasota, La Jolla and Saratoga Music Festivals every bit well as the Schubert Club of St. Paul, MN. Highlights of the 21-22 season include returns to Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Philadelphia Bedroom Music Society. The Calidore volition make their debut at the Library of Congress, the 92nd Street Y, Harvard University, Penn State University and internationally in The Hague and Antwerp. They will premiere a new work by composer Huw Watkins commissioned by Wigmore Hall and volition collaborate with the Emerson Quartet and pianists Jeffrey Kahane, Henry Kramer and Gabriela Fahnenstiel.

Highlights of recent seasons accept included performances in major venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Brussels’southward BOZAR, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, and at significant festivals including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Calidore Cord Quartet’due south second album for Signum Records, entitled
Boom-boom, was released in October 2020 and features works by Schumann, Shostakovich and Caroline Shaw.
The Strad
selected the album as the “Editor’s Choice” and praised information technology every bit “breathtaking…a universally impressive disc”. The quartet’south other recordings include 2018’southward
including “lively, intelligent performances of an bonny and thought-provoking program” (Gramophone) of quartets by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janácek, and Golijov; quartets by Bartok, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn recorded at the Music@Menlo festival; their debut album of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn, and an album of music commemorating the World War I centennial. The Calidore’s members were Young Artists in Residence on American Public Media’s
Functioning Today, and their performances have been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, the CBC, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Korean Broadcasting System, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg), and were aired on High german national idiot box as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting.

The Calidore has given world premieres of works by Caroline Shaw, Hannah Lash and Mark-Anthony Turnage among others. Its collaborations with esteemed artists and ensembles include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Marc-André Hamelin, Joshua Bong, David Shifrin, Inon Barnatan, Lawrence Power, Sharon Isbin, David Finckel and Wu Han. The Calidore has collaborated and studied closely with the Emerson Quartet and Quatuor Ébène, and has as well studied with Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Günter Pichler, Guillaume Sutre, Paul Coletti, and Ronald Leonard.

Every bit a passionate supporter of music pedagogy, the Calidore String Quartet is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students, and audiences. In 2021 the Calidore joined the kinesthesia of the University of Delaware School of Music and serve as directors of the newly established Graduate String Quartet Residency. Formerly, they served equally artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto, University of Michigan and Stony Brook Academy.

The Calidore String Quartet was founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2010. Within 2 years, the quartet won m prizes in well-nigh all the major US chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Xanthous Springs competitions, and it captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD International Music Contest in Munich and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg. An amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents its reverence for the variety of civilisation and the strong support information technology received from its original habitation: Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

Stefan Jackiw,


Max Bruch:
“Scottish Fantasy” in Due east-flat Major Op.46

Stefan Jackiw is one of America’south foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity”
(Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, amongst others.

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Highlights of recent seasons include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and Juraj Valcuha, with whom he also re-united for performances in Dallas, Detroit, and Luxembourg; performances of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, as part of a multi-metropolis tour with the Russian National Orchestra; as well equally performances with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, the Minnesota Orchestra under Ilyich Rivas, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Valčuha. Other highlights in Europe included his performances with the Netherlands Radio Symphony and Ludovic Morlot at the Concertgebouw. In Asia, Stefan has appeared with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall nether the management of Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Seoul Philharmonic under Venzago. He has also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. In Australia, Stefan toured with the Australian Sleeping accommodation Orchestra play-directing Mendelssohn. He too gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer’south Violin Concerto No two “Jubilant Arcs”, written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher. Recital highlights take included his performances of the complete Ives violin Sonatas with Jeremy Denk at Tanglewood and Boston’s Jordan Hall, and functioning of the complete Brahms violin sonatas, which he has recorded for Sony. He besides recently recorded the Beethoven Triple with Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Alan Gilbert and Academy St. Martin in the Fields.

Jackiw has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, New York’s Generally Mozart Festival, the Philharmonie de Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham, and forms a trio with Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao.

Built-in to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, every bit well equally an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Jackiw plays a violin made in 1750 in Milan by Grand.B. Guadagnini, on generous loan from a private collection. He lives in New York Metropolis.

July eight, 2022

Portrait of Justin Bruns, Violinist

July 8, 2022

Justin Bruns,


Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56

Justin Bruns joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Banana Concertmaster in 2006 and is currently Associate Concertmaster, a post he won after winning a national audition for the position. In the summer he serves as Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival of Gimmicky Music.

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Before moving to Atlanta, Bruns was Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as Concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. He has also played with the Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and toured Germany with the American Sinfonietta. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, BRAVO Vail Valley Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Festival and Conservatory in Durango, CO and Bellingham Festival of Music. He has been a guest concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony (OSESP).

Actively involved in teaching and bringing music to young audiences, he maintains a private didactics studio and regularly gives main classes, orchestral excerpt courses and bedroom music coachings. Through programs of the ASO, he has taught and mentored students in the Talent Development Program, coaches sections of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and strives to build relationships with schools and other civic organizations through Customs Engagement and Outreach. He served every bit a instruction assistant at Rice University and participated in the founding and organization of its outreach program. He regularly appeared with Chamber Music Ann Arbor’south outreach program and throughout Colorado with Up Close and Musical. He has served as Director of Chamber Music at Kennesaw State University.

Equally a chamber musician, Bruns has performed throughout the United states of america and England. Violinist Justin Bruns began his studies at age three and won his first competition two years subsequently. He fabricated his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine. Since and so he has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the US, South America and UK. Bruns graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and was awarded the top prize upon graduation, the Stanley Medal. He received his principal’s degree from Rice University.

Black and white portrait of Steven Thomas, Cellist.

July 8, 2022

Steven Thomas,


Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56

Steven Thomas, cellist, is the former Chief Cellist of the New Oasis Symphony and Savannah Philharmonic. He serves on the Faculty of the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he directs the Chamber Music plan and the Gator Chamber Music Constitute.

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He holds degrees from Cambridge and Yale Universities, earning a doctorate from the latter. He has won several top prizes including at the Bach and Villa-Lobos International Competitions in Washington and Rio de Janeiro, respectively. He has toured extensively in Europe, Northward and South America as soloist, teacher and with the Cantilena Piano Quartet. He is a fellow member of the highly-acclaimed Helton-Thomas duo, appearing in China, Japan, Australia, the US, Canada, France, Hellenic republic, the United kingdom of great britain and northern ireland and S Africa. He has recorded for the MVL, Point, Delos, Koch International, Centaur and MMO labels.

July 8, 2022

Brandt Fredriksen,


Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56

A passionate and defended instructor, Dr. Fredriksen teaches in-person and virtually from his private studio in New York Urban center. He too serves on the piano faculties of Manhattan Schoolhouse of Music’s PreCollege Division and the Un International School (Manhattan Campus).

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Through the years, his students have enjoyed success equally solo and chamber music artists, competition winners, and instructors.

Brandt Fredriksen has held professorships at Lawrence Academy (Wisconsin), Kent Country University (Ohio), and Georgia State University, (Georgia). He has served as Visiting Professor at the Confucius Institute in Beijing and has enjoyed kinesthesia/student exchange programs with Renmin Academy of People’s republic of china and Georgia State University.

He has coached pianoforte ensembles for the New York International Piano Competition sponsored past The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation in New York City.

Dr. Fredriksen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Country University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana Academy. Fredriksen has likewise studied in Freiburg, Germany and the Liszt University of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

Dr. Fredriksen’due south major pianoforte teachers were Mischa Kottler, Charles Fisher, Flavio Varani, Nadia Reisenberg, James Tocco, Stephen Kovacevic, György Sebők, Martin Canin and Ferenc Rados. He has too performed in masterclasses for Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Mischa Dichter and Menahem Pressler. He has studied chamber music with Joseph Gingold, James Buswell, Georges Janzer, Rostislav Dubinsky, Aldo Parisot, Seymour Lipkin and Felix Galimir.

July 12, 2022

Portrait of Maria Valdes, Soprano.

July 12, 2022

Maria Valdes,


Performs Richard Strauss: Selected Lieder

American soprano Maria Valdes was recently described every bit a “first-rate singing actress and a perfectly mannerly Gilda” (New York Times). During the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Valdes was slated to return to Houston 1000 Opera to sing the part of Amy in the world premiere of The Snowy Twenty-four hours (COVID19 – postponed to 2021-22 flavour) and to make her Hawaii Opera Theater debut equally Euridice in Offenbach’south Orpheus in the Underworld (COVID19).

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In 2021, Ms. Valdes sang the part of Younger Alyce in Glory Denied at Atlanta Opera, joined NYFOS@ Dwelling for their It’s Summer in Due south America recital, covered the part of Lucy in The Threepenny Opera for Atlanta Opera and joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for their series of curt films called In The Key of Bach. This summer, she reprised the part of Younger Alyce in Berkshire Opera Festival’southward production of Glory Denied and will perform as the soprano soloist in Mozart’south Requiem with Summer Singers of Atlanta. During the 2021-2022 flavour, Ms. Valdes volition brand her Georgia Symphony Orchestra debut equally the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, returns to The Phoenix Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, makes her Hawaii Opera Theater debut as Micaëla in Peter Brook’due south La tragédie de Carmen, makes her Gulf Declension Symphony debut reprising the role of Gilda in Rigoletto, rejoins Berkshre Opera Festival for a resital, debuts the role of Maria in The Sound of Music with Charlottesville Opera, and returns to the Bellingham Festival of Music to sing a concert of Strauss lieder and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 flavour included a role and company debut with Atlanta Opera as Doris Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and a company debut with Washington Concert Opera for their Opera Outside series. Ms. Valdes also fabricated her company and office debut as Violetta in La traviata at Gulfshore Opera, her Rochester Philharmonic debut reprising the office of Despina in Così fan tutte and her debut with Westward Border Opera as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice. During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Valdes returned to Atlanta Opera equally Christine Kahlo in Frida and made her Mobile Symphony debut in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem.

In the concert realm, Ms. Valdes recently fabricated a debut with the Virginia Symphony and returned to the Pheonix Symphony as the soprano soloist in Messiah, joined the Brooklyn Fine art Song Society singing Chants d’Auvergine past Joseph Canteloube, as well equally, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra singing Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Bach Cantata No. 29, “Wir danken dir, Gott”.

In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Valdes made her debut with New York Urban center Opera, in cooperation with Houston Grand Opera every bit Diana in the mariachi opera, Cruzar la cara de la luna, and made a role and company debut with Opera San José equally Despina in Così fan tutte. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Valdes fabricated her visitor debuts with the Berkshire Opera Festival every bit Gilda in Rigoletto and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Amore in Gluck’due south Orfeo ed Euridice. On the concert stage, Ms. Valdes performed Mahler’s Symphony No. four and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the California Symphony, in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Bellingham Festival of Music.

During the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Valdes returned to San Francisco Opera to embrace the role of Gilda and went on in-part during a operation after a colleague fell ill. A distinguished alumna of the SongFest program in Los Angeles, she was heard in a solo recital of Nordic, Spanish and Latin American music. Other flavour highlights included performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Mozart’southward Exsultate, jubilate with both the Las Vegas Combo and Chattanooga Symphony, and with Kaleidoscope Bedchamber Orchestra singing Barber’southward Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and the W Coast premiere of Scott Ordway’s “This night Nosotros Tell the Secrets of the World”. Ms. Valdes likewise joined the Concert Royal at St. Thomas Church in New York City for their Messiah, where The New York Times exclaimed that she performed “beautifully, growing stronger as the evening progressed.”

In the 2015-2016 flavour, Ms. Valdes joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago covering Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. Ms. Valdes as well completed her time as an Adler Beau with San Francisco Opera. During her time equally an Adler, Ms. Valdes performed the roles of Musetta in La bohème, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. Covers included Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Magnolia in Showboat and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, which she also performed in 2013 equally member of the Merola Opera Program.

As well an achieved recitalist, Ms. Valdes has appeared in concert with Martin Katz, and made her New York recital debut with NYFOS performing with Steven Blier and Michael Barrett in Compositora, a recital of female Latin American composers. She as well attended the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival which included several concert appearances and Ms. Valdes can be heard singing Mendelssohn’s “Hear my prayer” on the album Evening Hymn released by Gothic Records and acclaimed in the American Tape Guide. An award-winner in the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Ms. Valdes is as well the winner of the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Contest at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of a Shoshana Foundation Grant.

July 15-17, 2022

Photo of Garrick Ohlsson, sitting at a piano.

July 15-17, 2022

Garrick Ohlsson,

Performs the Five Beethoven Piano Concertos

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide every bit a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.

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A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come up to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well every bit the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than than fourscore concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. In 2018/19 flavor he launched an ambitious project spread over multiple seasons exploring the complete solo pianoforte works of Brahms in four programs to be heard in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London and a number of cities across North America. In concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Barber, he returned to the Nashville, Oregon, Dallas Symphonies, Washington Kennedy Center with Melbourne Symphony and internationally with orchestras in Seoul, Helsinki, Zagreb, Tallinn, Manchester and London.

A frequent invitee with the orchestras in Commonwealth of australia, Mr. Ohlsson has recently visited Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart as well as the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and Auckland. In February 2020 he accomplished a 7 city recital tour beyond Australia just prior to the closure of the concert world due to Covid-19. An avid bedroom musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo and Takacs string quartets, including nigh recently Boston Chamber Players on tour in Europe. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Mr. Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podleś.

Mr. Ohlsson can exist heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Ruby-red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels. His 10-disc set of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, including a GRAMMY® for Vol. three. His recording of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. iii, with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was released in 2011. In the fall of 2008 the English language characterization Hyperion re-released his 16-disc ready of the Consummate Works of Chopin followed in 2010 by all the Brahms pianoforte variations, “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados, and music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. Most recently on that label are Scriabin’s Complete Poèmes, Smetana Czech Dances, and ètudes by Debussy, Bartok and Prokofiev. The latest CDs in his ongoing clan with Bridge Records are the Complete Scriabin Sonatas, “Close Connections,” a recital of 20th-Century pieces, and two CDs of works past Liszt. In recognition of the Chopin bicentenary in 2010, Mr. Ohlsson was featured in a documentary “The Art of Chopin” co-produced by Polish, French, British and Chinese tv set stations. Most recently, both Brahms concerti and Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto were released on live functioning recordings with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies on their own recording labels, and Mr. Ohlsson was featured on Dvorak’south piano concerto in the Czech Combo’south recordings of the composer’southward complete symphonies & concertos, released July of 2014 on the Decca characterization.

A native of White Plains, Due north.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Solarium of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. His musical development has been influenced in completely different means by a succession of distinguished teachers, well-nigh notably Claudio Arrau, Olga Barabini, Tom Lishman, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Rosina Lhévinne and Irma Wolpe. Although he won Starting time Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since so he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains immense personal popularity. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Creative person Accolade in Ann Arbor, MI. He is the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and in Baronial 2018 the Polish Deputy Culture Minister awarded him with the Gloria Artis Gilt Medal for cultural merit. He is a Steinway Creative person and makes his home in San Francisco.

July 24, 2022

Photo of Kati van Kooten, Soprano.

July 24, 2022

Katie Van Kooten,

Performs Beethoven:
Symphony No. nine

American soprano Katie Van Kooten’southward operatic and concert appearances go along to thrill audiences and garner praise for her “powerful, gleaming soprano.” Of her recent office debut every bit Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’southward Eugene Onegin, the Houston Relate wrote, “Her singing is extraordinary in its radiance, ability and sheer expressiveness. Her ‘Letter Scene’ alone, would exist reason enough to attend.”

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Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the Marschallin in Strauss’
Der Rosenkavalier
under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, and to Oper Frankfurt to reprise her acclaimed portrayal of Ellen Orford in Britten’s
Peter Grimes
conducted past Lawrence Foster. Concert appearances include Verdi’south Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony led by Music Director Tito Muñoz and Beethoven’due south
Missa Solemnis
with Chamber Music of Amarillo.

In the 2018-2019 flavour, Ms. Van Kooten made her house debut with Arizona Opera as the Countess in Mozart’s
Le nozze di Figaro. Concert appearances included Beethoven’s
Ninth Symphony
with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well every bit Verdi’s Requiem with the Eugene Symphony.

Operatic highlights from recent seasons include Tatyana in
Eugene Onegin
at Houston Grand Opera, where she has also appeared as Elisabetta in Donizetti’s
Maria Stuarda
opposite Joyce DiDonato, Mimi in
La bohème, and Ellen Orford in Britten’due south
Peter Grimes
in a new production past Neil Armfield. She has performed Donna Elvira with Dallas Opera, Liù in
with Opera New Orleans, Elettra in
and Vitellia in
La Clemenza di Tito
at Oper Frankfurt, Mimi and the Countess at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Countess with Atlanta Opera, and Donna Elvira with Opera Yard Rapids. Ms. Van Kooten made her firm debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in the acclaimed Nicolas Joël product of
La Rondine
as Magda and at Houston Grand Opera every bit Helena in Britten’s
A Midsummer Nighttime’due south Dream. She made her debut at the Royal Opera Business firm, Covent Garden every bit Magda in
La Rondine
and render performances there have included Antonia in
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
reverse Rolando Villazón and led by Antonio Pappano, Pamina in
Die Zauberflöte, Mimi in
La bohème, and Marguerite in
Faust. She made her Japanese debut as Micaëla in
under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, and her Us debut performing Marguerite in Gounod’s
with the Metropolitan Opera on the Bang-up Lawn of Central Park.

Notable appearances on the concert stage include performances with the San Francisco Symphony for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and Handel’s
led by Ragnar Bohlin, every bit well as a New year’southward Eve program with Dmitry Sitkovetsky. She has performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Baltimore Symphony conducted by Nicholas McGegan, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Louisville Symphony and Rochester Philaharmonic. She has performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the management of Vladimir Jurowski, and Strauss’
4 Last Songs
with the Halle Orchestra led by Edward Gardner. She made her Minnesota Orchestra debut as the Marschallin in
Der Rosenkavalier
under the direction of Andrew Litton and returned for Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 under the billy of music director Osmo Vänskä. She has also sung the Marschallin in excerpts from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier alongside Heidi Grant Irish potato with the Bellingham Music Festival.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Ms. Van Kooten studied voice with Rudolf Piernay. She received her Bachelor’s caste in song performance from Biola Academy where she studied with Dr. Jeanne Robison and is a graduate and perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute.

Photo of Ellen Graham, Mezzo-soprano.

July 24, 2022

Ellen Graham,
Mezzo Soprano

Performs Beethoven:
Symphony No. 9

Cincinnati based mezzo-soprano Ellen Graham is a versatile singer who has garnered recognition for performances that are “stirring” and “beautifully sung.” She performs regularly in Cincinnati with organizations like Collegium Cincinnati, catechumen:nova, and Queen Metropolis Opera. She is a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conspirare, both under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson and is featured as a soloist on their newly released recording of composer Kile Smith’s

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Performances in 2019 included the role of Dryad in Cincinnati Opera’southward production of
Ariadne auf Naxos, Music for Three with Cincinnati Soundbox – a program of new music for trio voices and Handel’s Messiah at Knuckles Chapel.

Ellen has performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of John Morris Russell and has appeared as a soloist with The May Festival under Robert Porco, as well as many regional orchestras including the Evansville Combo, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cardinal Ohio Symphony, and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra. In add-on, Ellen has performed in inaugural productions with Undercroft Opera in Pittsburgh and Vital Opera in NYC.

Equally at home on the musical theater stage, she has performed in regional theaters including Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Higher Calorie-free Opera Company and has portrayed such roles as Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Madame Giry (Phantom of the Opera), Sheila (A Chorus Line) and Katisha in
The Mikado. She can exist heard singing the role of Orlofsky in the 2010 Albany Records recording of
Die Fledermaus.

Ellen maintains a individual voice studio and teaches Voice at the University of Cincinnati, Higher-Conservatory of Music in the Jazz and Commercial Music Production programs, too every bit Lyric Diction at Northern Kentucky University. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Miami University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Her research in vocalism science and vocal health was published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists in 2016.

Portrait of Eric Barry, Tenor.

July 24, 2022

Eric Barry,

Performs Beethoven:
Symphony No. ix

Spanish-American Tenor Eric Barry continues to impress audiences on both the operatic and concert stage “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection, and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News). In 2019, Mr. Barry made his role debut as Alfred in Strauss’ Dice Fledermaus with Amarillo Opera.

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Additional recent engagements include performing every bit the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Sleeping accommodation Music Amarillo, Dvorak’s Requiem with Madison Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Memphis Symphony (COVID19). In the 2021-2022 flavour, Mr. Barry will render to Amarillo Opera as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, sing the role of Roderigo in Verdi’due south Otello with the Pacific Symphony and join Orchestra Iowa as the tenor soloist in Messiah.

A seasoned master of the standard repertoire, Mr. Barry’s recent credits include Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Colorado and Amarillo Opera, Macduff in Verdi’due south Macbeth with Opera San Antonio, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’affection with Boston Midsummer Opera.

Highly sought after for concert work, Mr. Barry has made a proper noun for himself equally the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, having performed it with Indianapolis Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Other solo concert credits include Mozart’s Requiem on tour with the Munich Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony, and at the National Cathedral, Verdi’s Requiem with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Yale Philharmonic, forth with bottom known works performed with the likes of Orchestra Iowa, Winston-Salem Symphony, Hartford Symphony, New Oasis Symphony, and St. Cecila Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Barry’s awards and accolades include the Bel Canto Prize at the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition and a nomination for ICMA’s 2017 Opera Album of the Twelvemonth. In improver, his standing association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Smooth Radio Orchestra has led to six commercial recordings featuring his voice: Don Luigi in Maria Padilla, Pylade in Iphigenie en Tauride, Avito in L’affection del tre re, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (which was nominated for an International Classical Music Laurels), as well as a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Further recording credits include Araquil in La Navarraise and Haroun in Djamileh.

Mr. Barry has a Masters of Music and an Creative person Diploma from the School of Music at Yale University.

Portrait of Clayton Brainerd, Bass.

July 24, 2022

Clayton Brainerd,

Performs Beethoven:
Symphony No. nine

This Portland, Oregon born, award-winning bass-baritone has amassed a wonderful list of accolades and successes in the concluding decade singing leading roles with the major orchestras and opera companies of the world nether the baton of conductors including James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Micheal Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Robert Shaw, Gerard Schwarz, Jeffery Tate, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Christophe von Dohnanyi. His imposing stage presence and magnificent vocalisation have electrified audiences in Europe, New Zealand, Due north and South America, Korea and Japan.

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Highlights of the by few seasons include Mahler 8th Symphony (recording), Missa Solemnis, Mozart requiem, and Beethoven 9th (recording) with the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz conducting, Les Troyens with Boston Symphony and at Tanglewood with James Levine, Oedipus King with the Boston Symphony under the direction of von Dohnanyi, Walküre Wotan with Scottish Opera, Walküre Wotan (embrace) on the MET tour of Japan, Sachs (cover) in Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg at the MET, and the American Premier of the opera Sophie’s Choice by Nicholas Maw at the Washington Opera.

Previous seasons included Elijah, Saul, Mozart Requiem, Mahler eighth Symphony, & Cosmos with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Messiah and Oedipus Rex with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and a render to New Orleans Opera for performances of Siegfried. For performances of Walküre Wotan with Scottish Opera’s internationally acclaimed Ring Cycle, Mr. Brainerd was awarded the coveted “Herald Affections Honor” from the Edinburgh Festival, naming him equally i of the most outstanding performers at the festival. He also sang the part of Amonasro in the production of Aida with the Scottish Opera

Mr. Brainerd has also made his debut at the Paris Opera (Bastille) in La Damnation de Faust with Seiji Ozawa on the podium, a debut in Madrid singing the title role in performances of a newly discovered opera Merlin by Isaac Albeniz, Wotan in Die Walküre with the New Orleans Opera and performances of Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Brainerd replaced James Morris as Wotan in Die Walküre performances at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, performances and recorded The Dream of the Peasant Grishko past Mussorgsky with the New Bailiwick of jersey Symphony nether the baton of Zdenek Macal. Mr. Brainerd has sung Kurvenal in a performances and recording of Tristan und Isolde at Carnegie hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York and Scarpia in Tosca with Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Kingdom of spain. He also debuted with the New Zealand Symphony as Wotan in five concert performances of Wagner’south Das Rheingold – a function in which he won critical acclaim with the Arizona Opera Ring Cycle. Mr. Brainerd sang Golaud in Pellèas et Mèlisande in Nippon with The New Japan Philharmonic under the auspices of Seiji Ozawa. Besides with Ozawa, were performances of Madama Butterfly with the Boston Symphony and Damnation of Faust with Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.

Mr. Brainerd’s versatility encompasses not only the Wagnerian repertoire of Wotan and Gunther in The Band and the title roles in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, but too many roles in the Italian and French operatic repertoire, including Scarpia in Tosca, Falstaff, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Villains in Hoffman, Golaud in Pellèas et Mèlisande and Mephistopheles in The Damnation of Faust. Mr. Brainerd is as well in great demand every bit a concert artist throughout the world singing a vast repertoire from the Bizarre to Modern!