2011 - 2012 Concert Series

  • Priscila Navarro - October 29, 2011
  • The Carpenters - February 11, 2012
  • Zahari Metchkov - March 17, 2012

 

Priscila Navarro - October 29, 2011

 

Priscila Navarro
with Michael Baron
Our first concert of the season features the brilliant 17-year-old pianist Priscila Navarro from Lima, Peru. Ms. Navarro is considered one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation. An active performer, she currently studies with Dr. Michael Baron at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University under full scholarship. She is the first prize winner of many competitions including, this last August, the prestigious International Chopin Competition of South America. We hope you and your students will come hear this young pianist’s stunning virtuosity and heart rendering lyrical gifts. Ms Navarro will be joined for a set of duets by her teacher and RMMA’s Artistic Director, Dr Michael Baron. We hope you will come hear this young pianist’s stunning virtuosity and heart rendering lyrical gifts.

Priscila Navarro

Priscila Navarro is currently a 17-year-old Sophomore Piano Performance Major studying with Dr. Michael Baron at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. At FGCU she receives the Steinway Society and Williams scholarships. Priscila Navarro started her piano studies at the age of 9, at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru, under the guidance of Professor Lydia Hung. She received the academic excellence award there for 6 years, and the first place in her level of studies. She was selected by audition to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, from 2006 to 2009. In 2007 she won the National Concerto Competition in Lima, Peru. She attended the "International Institute for Young Musicians”, Kansas, in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the Maddy Summer Artist Award, for being one of the best 15 soloists out of 700, at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Michigan. She won the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, in the Concerto class, and was awarded a special scholarship. Priscila is currently the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competitions for both solo and piano duets for the State of Florida and the winner of the Regional Competitions after competing against the winners of nine states. She is also the current winner of the Florida Music Teachers Association Gray Perry and Byrd Piano Competitions which honors the finest undergraduate and finest two-piano ensemble in the state of Florida respectively. This past summer Priscila was awarded a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. She also performed as concerto soloist with the National Orchestra of Peru. Her latest international honor is as winner of the South American Chopin Competition in which she completed against all eligible pianists up to the age of 30 in South America. As part of her prize she will be studying for two weeks at the Warsaw Conservatory in Poland and in August of 2011 she is touring with the National Orchestra of Peru in a Chopin Concerto.

Dr. Michael Baron

Michael BaronAn award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia, and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim. Il Tempo (Rome) praised his "spellbinding recital. Baron kept the audience enthralled with a combination of touching poetry and superhuman virtuosity." Baron received his doctorate in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with the renowned pianist Orazio Frugoni. Dr. Baron serves as Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. He is also Honorary Professor of Music at Yantai University and Hubei University in the People’s Republic of China. A distinguished educator, Baron has presented masterclasses and workshops at schools, festivals, and universities throughout the world. He regularly serves as a jurist on regional, national, and international piano competitions. An acclaimed master teacher, Dr. Baron’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. He is a popular teacher and presenter for teacher groups. Baron is the Director of Corsi Internazionali di Musica summer music festival in Perugia, Italy and is Artistic Director of the Rocky Mountain Music Alliance in Colorado Springs. Recent performances have taken him to Peru, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, South Korea, and Serbia, as well as U.S. performances.

 

The Carpenters - February 11, 2012

 

The second concert in the RMMA series is brought to you as an early Valentine's Day present. We will be featuring John and Gail Carpenter, the Singing Sweethearts. Both John and Gail have sung with the Metropolitan Opera among many other venues during their careers. You will be delighted with the wonderful way they engage their audiences singing everything from Grand Opera to Broadway. They just might even give us the opportunity to join in a little bit. This is going to be a very special time of great music and fun. Bring your sweethearts and join us!!

About Gail Carpenter

  • BME & MA in Voice Performance
  • Sang with the Metropolitan Opera Singers
  • Winner of the New Jersey State Opera Young Artists Award
  • Appeared at Constitution Hall, Washington, D. C.
Gail Carpenter is a spinto soprano with a long and varied list of professional experience. Her range of voice and versatility allows her to move comfortably from jazz to musical theater to the classical repertoire to opera solos. From her start at age 14, Gail studied voice privately and (after appearing with the Fort Worth Opera company for Placido Domingo's American debut) she went on to study at Colorado College, American University in Washington, D.C., and West Texas University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BME in Voice. At Indiana University Gail advanced under the tutelage of Bernard Taylor. She went on to earn a Master of Arts from Denver University. She sought out the finest in voice teachers and studied with many of the greats, including Carolina Segrera-Holden, Todd Duncan, Maestro Signorelli, Martile Rowland and Vera Scammon. She most recently worked with Norman Phillips. Gail has performed all over the United States and in Europe. She was a soloist for the Air Force's “Singing Sergeants.” She has appeared at Constitution Hall in Washington, D. C., and has been heard on radio and television. She has performed with a number of symphony orchestras and opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Miami Beach Symphony, the Jersey Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and the Rocky Mountain Opera. Besides English, Gail sings in Italian, French, German, Spanish and even Czech. Gail has taught voice to students of all ages and levels, and she has the ability to bring them to their highest level of vocal performance. Gail is very dedicated to her students and enjoys the positive experience and process of coaching each student and letting them discover what their voice can actually do. She always teaches the basics and encourages study of classical Italian and other art songs, along with Broadway classics and appropriate contemporary songs. She encourages her students to go on to audition for Solo-Ensemble, All-State Choir, School Choirs and Musicals. She knows the experience of music - especially vocal music will enhance their entire life, as it has hers. She has been gratified to see many of her students go on to careers and win awards and high positions in the field of voice performance. Gail has always met with acclaim for her ability and performances and twice received full scholarships for university-level voice study. Besides twice graduating magna cum laude, she is the recipient of numerous awards and even state grants for her performance.

About John Carpenter

  • John Carpenter, BS, MA, and ABD Voice (Juilliard, on full scholarship)
  • First place winner Metropolitan Opera Auditions, NYC
  • Winner of Richard Tucker Award
  • Winner of Contract at Metropolitan Opera
John Carpenter began his musical journey at age four when he began to play Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata” from hearing it on the radio. There were many exciting experiences to await him on his way. His first love was the piano. He studied with Dwight Anderson, then Dean of the Music School at the University of Louisville and as a double major in college while sharpening his skills as a singer. His voice teacher at the university was Fletcher Smith, who was linked to the great Manuel Garcia, the noted developer of the laryngoscope. He distinguished himself as a recitalist and stage performer with the Kentucky Opera Association. After receiving his Bachelor degree from the University of Louisville, he accepted a post as a tenor soloist with a touring outfit known as the “Singing Sergeants” of the U.S. Air Force. Winning numerous competitions such as the N.A.T.S. upper divisional, graduate division in two regions of the U.S. he received a Masters in Music from the Catholic University of America. As a finalist in the Chicago Lyric Opera Competition, he was chosen to perform the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's “La Boheme” with the Opera School. Other opportunities came quickly, including the Shreveport Opera and the Dallas Symphony. Then, the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself when this winning tenor got the ultimate prize, a Metropolitan Opera contract. He was then hired as a principal artist at the Met for the next four years. While at the Met, John garnered the allegiance and support of the New York audiences. He performed most of his major roles in regional opera companies. John was privileged to study with the world's greatest coaches and teachers. These range from Todd Duncan, the original “Porgy” in Porgy and Bess, to the Metropolitan Opera coaching staff. Most recently, John has been working with the former leading baritone with the Vienna State Opera, Norman Phillips. His voice has matured into a spinto tenor, capable of the Dramatic Italian and Wagnerian repertoires. The second concert in the RMMA series is brought to you as an early Valentine's Day present. We will be featuring John and Gail Carpenter, the Singing Sweethearts. Both John and Gail have sung with the Metropolitan Opera among many other venues during their careers. You will be delighted with the wonderful way they engage their audiences singing everything from Grand Opera to Broadway. They just might even give us the opportunity to join in a little bit. This is going to be a very special time of great music and fun. Bring your sweethearts and join us!!

 

Zahari Metchkov - March 17, 2012

 

Dr. Zahari Metchkov
with Geoffery Herd
Our last concert for this season features Bulgarian pianist Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Assistant Professor of Music at CSU-Pueblo. Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States and holds three degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In this highly interesting program of French Impressionistic music, Dr. Metchkov will perform and discuss the works of Debussy, Ravel, and Messiaen. He will be joined by violinist Geoffrey Herd in a performance of the Ravel Violin Sonata.

About Dr. Zahari Metchkov

Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 - a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck. Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop. Currently he directs the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival. He has appeared live on radio WCLV Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia. Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Future performances include Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds with the CSU-Pueblo Wind Ensemble and Liszt Concerto N0.1 with the Pueblo Symphony. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorado’s fifty-four 14ers.

About Geoffery Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd is currently an Artist Diploma Candidate at Yale University, studying with Ani Kavafian. In May 2010 he received a Master’s of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Herd also received a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2008 from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Updegraff. He has performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Ithaca College Symphony, and the Finger Lakes Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has studied chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying, Tokyo and Cavani String Quartets. Additionally, his quartet took part in the intensive quartet seminar at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2010. Mr. Herd has attended numerous prestigious music festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Encore School for Strings and the New York String Orchestra Seminar where he was Principal Second Violin. Since the summer of 2008 he has received a fellowship to study at the Aspen Music Festival for nine weeks each summer with Paul Kantor. Previously, Mr. Herd was a member of the first violin section of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and in September 2010 joined the violin section of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He was also a teaching assistant to David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2008-2010.