Monday March 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $15 General / $12 Seniors & Students
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Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
Virginia Pluth, soprano
Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord
Marion Rubinstein, organ
Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Selections from Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ
Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Virginia Pluth, is celebrating her 27th year as a full-time chorister with the San Francisco Opera, during such time has sung various roles including: 1st Priestess in Iphiginie en Tauride; First Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier; Civil Rights Quartet (role debut) in Appomattox; Archangel in Maid of Orleans; Madrigalist in Manon Lescaut; Lolette in La Rondine; Suzanne in Louise; Sarah in The Ballad of Baby Doe; Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking (role debut); Cretan Woman in Idomeneo; Sister Osmina in Suor Angelica; Lace Seller in Death in Venice; Maidservant in the Tsar’s Bride; Bridesmaid in Marriage of Figaro; The Cousin in Madama Butterfly; Handmaiden in Turandot; Turkish Woman in Abduction of the Seraglio; a Guest in the Merry Widow and the soprano voice in Peter Grimes, Damnation of Faust and Doktor Faust. Virginia’s other roles with various regional companies include: Cenerentola, Fiordiligi and Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte; Cherubino in Marriage of Figaro; Micaela in Carmen and Anne Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor, among others. Concert work include: Wesendonck Lieder by Wagner; Stabat Mater by Poulenc; The Messiah; The Creation and Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore. Virginia had the privilege to sing with Sally Munro in the Capriccio Quartet for over 10 years offering both opera and Broadway repertoire.
Sally Porter Munro 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. Her roles include Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro), Siebel (Faust), Tisbe (Cenerentola), Beppe (L’Amico Fritz), Rosina (Barber of Seville), Adalgisa (Norma), and Charlotte (Werther).
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.
Since moving to California 30 years ago, British-born harpsichordist Jonathan Salzedo has become a popular collaborator with leading Bay Area orchestras (Jubilate, San Francisco Symphony, Monterey Symphony), choruses (Soli Deo Gloria, California Bach Society, Coro Hispano) and ensembles (Whole Noyse, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Momsemble). With his wife Marion Rubinstein, he co-directs the Albany Consort, now in its 38th year, which tackles the entire spectrum of baroque music from duos to opera. He performs new music (Richard Worn Ensemble, Latin American Chamber Music Society) and works with innovative soloists (Karen Bentley, Viviana Guzman) creating varied programs using the harpsichord in new contexts (tango, new age). Once a maker of instruments, Jonathan still enjoys the challenges of moving harpsichords (generally single-handedly) and tuning them (he is an expert on early tuning systems). Jonathan has two grownup children who are both fine musicians. In his spare time, he sings at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto, teaches Alexander Technique, and runs a software consulting business.
Jonathan first took up harpsichord while a mathematics student at Oxford, England. Prior to that he had been an active and occasionally prize-winning pianist though his youth. After graduating, he intended to study harpsichord seriously with someone really famous, but ended up learning most of what he knows from careful listening and from working with terrific soloists.
Marion Rubinstein, recorder, received her training in performance and musicology at Stanford, where she studied with Margaret Fabrizio and George Houle, and also at King’s College, London University. She performs frequently on organ and harpsichord as well as on recorders. She was a founder and has been co-director of the Albany Consort (now in its 38th season), and plays as soloist and accompanist for the Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Soli Deo Gloria, Jubilate, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Santa Clara Chorale, Whole Noyse and other groups. She also greatly enjoys sharing her musical discoveries with her students.
Mikhail Bondarev (violin) graduated in 1983 from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory where he studied violin with Elena Komarova and quartet performance with Vladimir Ovcharek. Previously, he graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Specialized Music School where he studied violin with Lev Rankov and Boris Gutnikov. He has been a member of the Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet since 1981.
Ekaterina Belisova (violin), born in Saint Petersburg, started learning the violin at the age of 7 under the supervision of L. A. Ivaschenko. She graduated from the Specialized Music School in 1981 and enrolled at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory where she studied violin with Professor E. A. Komarova, chamber music with Professor T. L. Fidler, and quartet with Vladimir Ovcharek. In 1984, while being a 3rd year student at the Conservatory Ms. Belisova joined the Rimsky-Korsakov quartet. She also performs with other chamber music groups including a piano trio and a piano quartet.
Alexei Popov (viola) finished his education at the Rimsky-Korsakov Specialized Music College in the class of G. M. Hoserova before studying at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in the classes of Professors Kramarov and Stopichev. He studied quartet performance with Professor Ovcharek, and chamber music with Professor Fidler. At his last year at the Conservatory, in 1985, A. Popov was invited to play at the Rimsky-Korsakov quartet where he is playing at present. Mr. Popov does not limit himself to performances with the quartet, and he often plays chamber music in other ensembles. Mr. Popov’s repertoire comprises of works by J. S. Bach, F. Schubert, M. Glinka, J. Brahms; trios by F. Haydn, works by Mozart, Schumann, and works by 20th century composers. For several years Mr. Popov taught classes for string quartet performance at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory, however, during the last years he fully returned to the concert activity.
Anton Andreev (cello) has been a member of the Rimsky-Korsakov quartet since 2008 and has studied cello at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory with Professor A. P. Nikitin. He is a winner of the Saint-Petersburg Cello Competition (1993), the all-Russia competition (Ryazan, 2000), a diploma winner of the Dotzauer International Competition for Young Cellists (Dresden, 2001), the Mravinsky International Competition (Saint-Petersburg, 2003), and he is a winner of the Shostakovich competition (Saint-Petersburg, 2006). Andreev participated in the Berg master class (Salzburg, 2007, 2008), and the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), and Salzburg (Austria).