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  • Mello Center for the Performing Arts 250 East Beach Street Watsonville, CA, 95076 United States (map)

Beethoven's breathtakingly beautiful Mass in C is a rarely performed gem, and will feature a quartet of Metropolitan Opera Stars - Lei Xu, Soprano, Megan Esther Grey, Mezzo Soprano, Seungju Mario Bahg, Tenor and Patrick Guetti, Bass - as well as the beloved Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus.

Our final program of the season begins with Esa-Pekka Salonen's endlessly inventive Karawane (2014), a riotously playful oratorio for chorus and orchestra, based on a poem of the same title by Dada founder Hugo Ball.

 

PROGRAM

SALONEN              Karawane [Listen] [Program Notes]

--- Intermission ---

BEETHOVEN          Mass in C Major [Listen]

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Lei Xu, Soprano

"A soprano of astounding versatility...,. A rising star all have to watch."  - Music Weekly

A native of Nantong, China, Ms. Xu holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from The Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program from 2009- 2013.  Most recently she has been touring in Asia for a concert series, including the first Viennese style New year concert with Maestro Martin Sieghart in Macao, where she sung operetta arias. Ms. Xu has performed worldwide, including her 2016 debut solo concert with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, the Met (on HD TV) among many others. She also performed the Mozart Requiem with us in 2014.

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Megan Esther Grey, Mezzo Soprano

“Her voice [is] potent and precise.”  - S F Chronicle

A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mezzo Soprano Megan Esther Grey is a first year artist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. A recipient of numerous competitive honors including Grand Finalist of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Grey has been distinguished in competition by Opera Index, Classical Singer, National Opera Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Presser Foundation. In summer of 2018, she appeared in the Schwabacher Scenes program with the Merola Opera Program.

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Seungju Mario Bahg, Tenor

“I am particularly smitten by the South Korean tenor… I hope he becomes a revered name in the scene!”  - talkclassical.com

Mario Bahg was born in 1990 in Busan, South Korea. He grew up listening to the songs of his father, also a tenor, and at 17 began singing with his father as his teacher.  Mario has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Wilhelm Stenhammar Competition in Sweden, the 2017 Queen Sonja International Music Competition and Montreal International Music Competition in Canada. This season he has joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera House.


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Patrick Guetti, Bass

“He’s attracting attention, and not just for his stature and robust, resonant voice. He also has the acting chops to back them up.”  - Musical America

A 6’7” native of New Jersey, Patrick began in musical theater, which he says is “never far from my heart.” He received his Bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America and was the grand prize winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2015 Gerda Lissner competition. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Phil, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Philadelphia. His European debut will start in 2019/20 with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


Related Events

Open Rehearsal      Thursday April 4, 2019, 7:30 pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

League Preview       Friday April 5, 2019, 11:30 Luncheon, Back Nine Bar & Grill,
                                  Pasatiempo. Visit SantaCruzSymphonyLeague.org to register.

Pre-Concert Talks    Saturday April 6, 2019, 6:30 pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
                                 Sunday April 7, 2019, 1:00 pm, Mello Center

Rebroadcast            Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm on KKUP 91.5 FM


Concert Sponsors: Dwayne & Linda Downing,
David E. Davis DAF at Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
Concert Co-Sponsor: Richard Klevins & Gay Nichols
Chorus Sponsor: Joan Osborne

Soloist Co-Sponsor:  Deborah Bronstein & Evan Whitaker


ARTIST BIOS

Soloists TBA

Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, directed by Cheryl Anderson

Earlier Event: April 6
Invocations
Later Event: April 23
League: Shadowbrook Symphony Night