Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3pm
Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, CA
Tickets $35 general admission, $50 reserved
Known as the Red Priest by his contemporaries, Vivaldi’s music has triumphed throughout the centuries, captivating audiences for over 300 years. The Music in the Mountains Chorus presents his sublime choral masterpiece, in a sacred program celebrating the breathtaking beauty of the voice. With soloists Liisa Davila, David Korn, Daniel Yoder,and Matt Hildago.
David Korn (Countertenor) is honored to join Music in the Mountains as a soloist for the 2015 musical season. Hailed by Seen and Heard International Opera Review as “…vocally and dramatically gifted”, Mr. Korn was the first male soprano to be a member of the Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program where he sang the role of Miles, in their production of The Turn of the Screw and was praised by Opera Now for having “…a clearly focused sense of his unusual vocal personality” and for being “… dedicated to integrating singing technique with all other aspects of performance, from diction to physical presence”. David also sang with the Seattle YAP as a guest artist as the Child in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges.
Mr. Korn debuted with The New York Philharmonic as the Shepherd Boy in Puccini’s Tosca under the baton of Lorin Mazel and made his Seattle Opera main stage debut as the second apparition in Verdi’s Macbeth. He then returned to the Seattle opera in later seasons as Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare under the baton of maestro Gary Wedow and as the shepherd boy in Puccini’s Tosca. Other performances include Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina with the New York City Opera, Miles once again in The Turn of the Screw with the Aspen Opera Theater Center and Cleveland Opera, Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Central City Opera and The Cat in Hans Krasa’s Brundibár with the Seattle Symphony.
Mr. Korn is a two-time recipient of a fellowship from the Aspen Opera Theater Center and was awarded 2nd place in the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. David Korn earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Opera Performance from The Manhattan School of Music and was twice awarded MSM’s Merit Scholarship.
Soprano Liisa Dávila has been heard as a leading opera roles such as Violetta (La Traviata), Micäela (Carmen), Liù (Turandot), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with notable opera companies as Townsend Opera Players, West Bay Opera, and the Greek Opera Festival.
A winner of multiple competitions, Ms. Dávila is a recent San Francisco District winner and a Western Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and the prestigious West Bay Opera’s Maria and Ben Holt Scholarship. Ms. Dávila won the First International Phyllis Osterhout Vocal Competition in Turlock, California, and is the recipient of scholarships from the East Bay Opera League and the Stockton Opera Guild. A talented performer, Ms. Dávila was selected from nationwide auditions to participate in the Sherrill Milnes 2010 “Opera as Drama” program in New York for the V.O.I.C.Experience Foundation, and the OperaWorks 2009 Advanced Artist Summer Program in Los Angeles, California directed by Ann Baltz.
Ms. Dávila’s concert work includes such highlights as soprano soloist at the acclaimed Avery Fisher Hall in New York in Schubert’s Mass in G. She has been heard as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Music in the Mountains and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Academy of All Hallows in Sacramento, as well as Bach Cantatas 140 and 179 with the First Presbyterian Church of Roseville, Mozart’s Vespers Solemnes with San Joaquin Delta College, and other performances of Requiems by Rutter, Duruflé, Mozart, and Fauré. Finding importance in teaching Liisa keeps an active studio of private voice students and teaches group singing classes to children.
Daniel Yoder, (bass-baritone) a native of the Sacramento area, has been privileged to perform with Sacramento Choral Society, Pocket Opera of San Francisco, Sacramento Opera, Opera Academy of California, Camerata Capistrano, Schola Cantorum of Sacred Heart Church, Capella Antiqua, the CSUS Opera Program, the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, as well as seemingly countless choral and soloistic engagements throughout the region.
Mr.Yoder’s successful 2013-14 season was capped off performing the role of Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with the Pocket Opera, a world premiere of a Donald Pippin translation. It was also with Pocket Opera that he performed the role of Claudius in Handel’s Agrippina at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Other roles he has portrayed include Leporello and Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Seneca in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, and Schaunard in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme.
Mr. Yoder has enjoyed a successful 2014-15 season, which has included performing the Great Mass in C minor of Mozart with Sacramento Choral Society, performing the bass solos of Handel’s Messiah with Capella Antiqua, Bach’s cantata BWV 73 with Camerata Capistrano, as well as a reprisal of the role of Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with Pocket Opera of San Francisco. He is looking forward to performing the role of Gugliermo in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte later this season, also with Pocket Opera.
Matt Hidalgo, tenor, is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento; and holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance. He has sung and performed regularly throughout the greater Sacramento region and is a familiar face with many local performing groups. Matt is currently the resident tenor cover for the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and performs regularly with St Mark’s United Methodist Church, Fifth Church of Christ Scientist, Sacramento Opera, The Sacramento Choral Society, Capella Antiqua, Sacramento’s Classical Revolution, the choirs at UC Davis, the Carson City Chamber Singers in Carson City, NV; and is also a regular performer for the St Mark’s annual Bravo Bach! Festival.
In 2013, Matt made his Sacramento Opera solo debut as Eddie Pensier for Sacramento Opera’s 2013 opening production of The Bremen Town Musicians at Fairy Tale Town. Most recently, Matt performed the role of Pluto in Offenbach’s Opheus in the Underworld with CSU Sacramento’s opera department as an area professional. Mr. Hidalgo’s operatic career highlights include Sir Hugo in Gerald Cockshott’s The Faun in the Forest, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Mercury in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Luiz in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers.
A distinguished concert performer, Matt Hidalgo has performed the tenor solos in Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Horn and Tenor, Haydn’s Missa Celensis, Handel’s Messiah, Saint Saens’ Oratorio de Noël, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Pergolesi’s Magnificant. This year, Mr. Hidalgo will be performing a series of recitals to beginning April 17th at Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, California.