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Roderick Lowe, tenor and Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano

Date & Time: Sat. February 4, 7:30 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
The program includes art songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Hundley, Roger Quilter, Gabriel Faure, Manuel de Falla and songs from broadway by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwarz, and Leonard Bernstein.

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“Ombra mai fu”  (from Xerxes)  by George Frederic Handel
“Ah, rendimi” (from Mitrane) by Francesco Rossi

Four songs by Richard Hundley
Arise my Love
Where the Children Go
Orpheus with his Lute
Come Ready and See Me

Two Songs by Thomas Dunhill
Clothes of Heaven
Queen of Heaven

Silent Noon   by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Love’s Philosophy   by Roger Quilter

Songs by Gabriel Fauré
Chanson du pecheur
Après un Reve
Les berceaux
Les roses d’Ispahan

Siete Caniones Populares Españoles by Manuel de Falla
Al paño moruno
Seguidilla murciana

Our Time (Merrily We Roll Along)   by Stephen Sondheim
Beautiful City (Godspell) by Stephen Schwarz
Something’s Coming  (West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein

About the Performers

rod_loweSan Francisco native Roderick Lowe holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State Univeristy, and a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University. He has sung with many Bay Area choruses including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Masterworks Chorale, San Francisco Festival Chorus, San Francisco Choral Society, Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, and Pacific Mozart Ensemble. A highly skilled ensemble singer, Mr. Lowe particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards of performing new and commissioned works, as a member of the 20-voice professional a cappella chorus Volti, under the direction of Robert Geary. He has served as the singers’ representative to Volti’s Board of Directors. In addition to classical music, Mr. Lowe enjoys musical theatre and has portrayed Jack in Into the Woods and Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Mr. Lowe is the tenor soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley.

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. Ms. Munro teaches singing and the Alexander Technique and was a faculty member of the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus for twenty years. Since four years, she has been a faculty member of The Young Women’s Choral Project.

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.

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