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2016 Opera Gala & Fundraiser

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Sunset Music | Arts, invites you to celebrate its second anniversary in a gala concert featuring soloists from the San Francisco Opera Chorus, accompanied by Dr. Bryan Baker. The program will include favorites from opera and Broadway shows. A festive reception follows the concert.

Date & Time: Saturday August 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Tickets: $30 General, $25 Seniors and Students
Buy tickets online here.
Tickets available at the door if not sold out.

Program Highlights
What a joy to be here        Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss II
Ah! je veux vivre         Roméo et Juliette, Charles Gounod
Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix Samson et Dalila, Camille Saint-Saëns
Bella siccome un angelo Don Pasquale, Gaetano Donizetti
Soave  sia il vento Così fan tutte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Evening Prayer Hänsel und Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck
Flower Duet Lakmé, Léo Delibes
Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mean to Me Music by Fred E. Ahlert, Lyrics by Roy Turk
When you walk through a storm                    Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein
Songs from Musical Theater Jerome Kern, Leonard Bernstein, and others

Please consider making a donation to celebrate this special occasion. All donations are fully tax deductible. Donations received by August 5, 2016 will be listed in our special commemorative booklet. Suggested donation levels:
Friend: $1 –  $99
Supporter: $100 – $249
Benefactor: $250 – $499
Patron: $500 or above

Please make checks payable to Incarnation Episcopal Church and mail it to:
Incarnation Episcopal Church / Sunset Music | Arts
1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122.

The Artists

ShwanetteSulkerShawnette Sulker , soprano – Acclaimed for her “heart-breaking poignancy” and “beautifully tuned soprano” by the San Francisco Chronicle and for her “enchanting vocal splendor” by the Leipziger Volkszeitung, soprano Shawnette Sulker is a sought after artist in the United States and abroad. A consummate performer, her recent operatic roles include singing Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Festival Opera and Cunegonde in Candide with Oakland Symphony. Her recent concert work includes singing the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Santa Rosa Symphony and Peninsula Symphony, Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del Tebro with Pacific Chamber Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra. Internationally, Ms. Sulker has sung Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Internationale Opera Producties and a recital at Red Door Studios, both in the Netherlands, and an orchestra concert featuring Porgy and Bess highlights and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Prague’s Smetana Hall.

Ms. Sulker has sung with the San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Bach Soloists, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Union Avenue Opera, Opera Naples, and the Natchez Opera Festival, to name a few. Her roles include Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (La Bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). Some works on Ms. Sulker’s concert repertoire list are Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate. Upcoming engagements will feature performing Constanze in Abduction from the Seraglio with Pacific Opera Project in LA, a concert of Broadway favorites, and the soprano solos in the Messiah with Pacific Chamber Symphony.

SallyPorterMunro_photo_jpegSally Porter Munro (mezzo-soprano) is a native of London, England and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. While living in England she sang with the English National Opera, Royal Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels, and as an oratorio soloist in Europe. She also performed with the BBC Singers on radio and television. She relocated to New York City to continue her studies. Since moving to San Francisco, Ms. Munro has sung as a soloist with Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Lake Tahoe Festival. Ms. Munro has performed as a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra, Master Works Chorale, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She is a full time member of The San Francisco Opera Chorus and has covered and sung a number of small roles. She enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers and has performed premiers by Thomas Ades, Ian Venables, Allen Shearer, David Irving, Marge Wheeler, and Peter Dyson. Ms. Munro teaches singing and the Alexander Technique and was a faculty member of the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus for twenty years. Since two years, she has been a faculty member of The Young Women’s Choral Project.

2052672_origTenor Colby Roberts has sung with opera companies throughout the country, including Orlando Opera, National Grand Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, New York Grand Opera and New Jersey State Opera and has been part of the chorus with San Francisco Opera for over 30 years.  His concert performances have taken him across the United States, and to Europe and Israel.  Bay Area credits include performances with San Francisco Lyric Opera where he sang Alfredo in La Traviata, the title roles in Werther and Andrea Chenier, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Cavaradossi in Tosca.  With Berkeley Opera he sang the role of Rodolfo in Luisa Miller, with Livermore Valley Opera he has sung the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann and Faust and Rodolfo in La Boheme, and with the UC Berkeley Chorus and Orchestra he performed the role of Arbace in a concert performance of Idomeneo.  He was soloist for Verdi’s Requiem at the Mendocino Music Festival, and has performed several roles with San Francisco Opera, including of Sam in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Parpignol in La Boheme. Recent engagements include Bach’s St. John Passion (Evangelista and tenor soloist) at First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto.

F-MATTHEWSFrederick Matthews (baritone) has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his appearances on the operatic and concert stages.  International recognition came while on tour singing the role of “Jake” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, when it was reported that he “projected evenly balanced singing and left an exquisite stage impression.” (Neue Presse – Augsburg, Germany) Now residing in the Bay Area, he has been seen in a variety of solo and bit parts with the San Francisco Opera. During the San Francisco Opera’s presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, he covered the role of “Fasolt” in Das Rheingold. He also sang the role of “The Corporal” opposite Kathleen Battle and Frank Lopardo in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment. Of this performance a reviewer wrote, “Frederick Matthews magnetized attention…and was particularly affable as The Corporal.” He has also appeared in a variety of roles with the Las Vegas Opera, Marin Opera, and the Sacramento Opera. With Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa, California, he sang the role of “Fiorello” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opposite Judith Forst and Pablo Elvira. The Los Angeles Times described his performance as “strikingly mellifluous.” During the 1998 San Francisco Opera Season, he sang the role of “Ein Diener” in Berg’s LULU, and “The Official Registrar” in Madama Butterfly by Puccini. He was also heard as the “Fifth Inmate” in the World Premiere of Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, as well as a “Marschallin Lackey” in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. Mr. Matthews is also featured in the Oscar-winning documentary entitled: In the Shadow of the Stars,  produced by Light-Saraf Films and now available on videocassette.  Mr. Matthews is also the music teacher for kindergarten through fifth grades at Coleman Elementary School in San Rafael, California.

Bryan BB inspiration photoConductor and pianist Bryan Baker is in his eleventh season as Artistic Director and Conductor of Masterworks Chorale. He also holds the positions of Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Choral Society, and Director of Serenade Chamber Choir.  He often leads instrumental ensembles, and has conducted the Solaris Chamber Orchestra, Masterworks Orchestra, Peninsula Symphonic Winds, New Millennium Strings, and the Kensington Symphony. Some highlights include performances of Carmina Burana, (wth Peninsula Cantare and Ragazzi Boys Chorus), Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Mozart’s Requiem and Grand Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.  He has judged and led choral clinics and frequently appeared as guest conductor in the Bay Area. Dr. Baker most recently conducted American choirs in Hungary, Romania, and Brazil.

An accomplished pianist, Dr. Baker has played solo concerts, chamber music, and accompanied vocal recitals across the United States and in Europe and South America.  Locally, he has performed in Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater, at the Stern Grove Festival, on the Old First Concert Series, among others.  During recent seasons, he played concertos by Beethoven, Haydn, Saint-Saëns and Shostakovitch, with the Kensington Symphony, New Millennium Strings, the Community Music Center Orchestra, the California Chamber orchestra and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.

Having earned Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in music, Dr. Baker serves on the faculty of the College of San Mateo.  He formerly taught voice at San Francisco State University and Truman University (MO), and piano at Foothill College and Arizona State University.  He continues to maintain a busy private studio, and his students have won competitions and appeared in concerts and opera productions in the Bay Area and across the country.

Dr. Baker has won prizes in numerous competitions, most recently first place in the contemporary music division of the Klatzkin Keyboard Competition, and the Living Composers category of the Bay Area Keyboard Arts Competition.  He received a grant for performances of chamber music and has played a wide range of unusual music for small ensembles.   Dr. Baker spent a good deal of time in the theatre, first as an actor and then as a musical director.  He most recently directed Godspell, Company, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Side by Side by Sondheim, and The Apple Tree.  In 2010 he appeared as the The Baker in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.



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