NVCM's 20th Season Opener: Catherine Cook and Friends
On October 7, 2012 Noe Valley Chamber Music is thrilled to present its 20th Season Opening Performance!
Catherine Cook and Friends
Catherine Cook, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Culp, cello Elisabeth Lowry, flute Kristin Pankonin, piano
These outstanding artists will perform Ravel's "Chansons madecasses" and Jake Heggie's "The Deepest Desire", among other exciting works. Join us for cake and champagne to celebrate the beginning of our 20th Anniversary Season!
American mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook has excelled in a wide range of roles with leading companies throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera and the Houston Grand Opera. Cook was a former Merola participant and Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, where she continues to be a frequent presence.
She has performed more than 45 roles to date with the company, including Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and La Frugola in Il tabarro. She was in the World Premiere of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" as well as "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Stewart Wallace. A Champion of new music, she recently recorded David Garner's "Spoon River Songs" to be released soon.
Cook's future engagements include creating the role of Mistress Hibbons in the Premiere of "The Scarlett Letter" by Lori Laitman with Opera Colorado, as well as returning to the San Francisco Opera. Cook is on the Voice Faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is currently the Chair of the Voice department.
Jennifer Culp has been an active chamber musician for the past 30 years, including cellist of the Kronos Quartet for seven years. Her busy international career has included appearances at Sydney Opera House, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WOMAD festival in New Zealand. The quartet won many awards including Musical America's 2003 "Musicians of the Year" and a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performances of Berg's Lyric Suite in 2004.
Ms. Culp has collaborated with artists such as Zakir Hussein, Dawn Upshaw, Tom Waits, Sandor Vegh, Asha Bhosle and Irina Schnittke. She received a B.M. and M.M from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Lawrence Lesser. As a former member of the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, and numerous other ensembles, Ms. Culp made premiere recordings for Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI, Orion, New World and Sony. Ms. Culp is on the collegiate faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, teaching cello and chamber music.
Flutist Elisabeth Lowry graduated from Northwestern University's School of Music with honors, studying with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was the winner of Northwestern's Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the nationally acclaimed Flute Talk Competition. As a Rotary Scholar, she continued her studies in Salzburg, Austria at the Conservatory of Music "Mozarteum," under the tutelage of flute soloist Michael Kofler.
She completed her Masters Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Timothy Day of the San Francisco Symphony. Elisabeth has been a member of The Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Astoria Music Festival, and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival. Currently, Elisabeth is the Outreach Manager of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, responsible for all performing and teaching outreach programs in the community.
Pianist Kristin Pankonin performs regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has appeared in numerous recitals across the United States, Canada, and Europe. In recent seasons, she has appeared in concert with such artists as vocalists Frederica von Stade, Zheng Cao, Catherine Cook, Susanne Mentzer, Linda Watson, Marie Plette,Christine Abraham and Lisa Delan, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and many others. Audiences have heard her in various concert series including the Festival del Sole concerts in Napa,Carmel Music Society, San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy, the Shenson Recital Series at Stanford, Maestro Foundation Concerts, Mills College Concert Series, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Faculty Artist Series, Old First Church Concerts, and Composers Inc.
Committed to performing the music of contemporary composers, Ms. Pankonin is featured on two recordings on the PentaTone Classics label, And If the Song Be Worth a Smile, performing vocal works of living American composers,
and Phenomenon, songs by Bay Area composer David Garner with vocalists Lisa Delan, Susanne Mentzer,Francisco Araiza, William Stone and Stephanie Friede, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and members of the San Francisco Symphony.
Ms. Pankonin currently serves on the faculties of Mills College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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