Students of Sally Porter Munro perform in a summer studio recital featuring art songs, opera, musical theater, and original songs with guitar. The students will be accompanied by Dwight Okamura on the piano.
Date & Time: Sunday, August 27 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Sally 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.
Dwight Okamura has been the orchestral pianist for the Berkeley Symphony, the California Symphony, the Skywalker Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He has accompanied various Bay Area vocal ensembles including Chanticleer, the Bracebridge singers, The Choral Arts Society, The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, The San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Dwight has composed numerous commissioned works, as well as many commissioned arrangements for the Girls Chorus, of which “Sakura” is published by Alliance Music. He is also the composer of three musicals: “Grow Up”, produced in 1984 by the New Conservatory Children’s Theatre; “Strikers”, produced in 1995 by Doublemask Productions; and “Burning Louise”, currently in workshop stage. He has been involved with a number of theater companies including American Conservatory Theater, Kaliyuga Arts, Theater Flamenco, and the New Music Theater Workshop. Dwight is also a keyboardist with the Best of Broadway series, and has played for the pre-Broadway premiers of “Mamma Mia”, “Wicked”, “The Mambo Kings”, “Lestat” and “Legally Blonde”, in addition to “The Lion King”, “Altar Boyz”, Matthew Bourne’s “Edward Scissorhands”, and the revival of “A Chorus Line”, where he also played on the cast recording. When not in the pit, he is active as a recital and cabaret pianist, playing for performers ranging from Frederica Von Stade to Bruce Vilanch.