About our October 2 concert for Music for All Seasons in Cincinnati at Historic Peterloon and about our artists
Rossini was known to have said: “Give me the laundry bill and I will set it to music.”
At the age of 37, after composing forty major works for the stage, he retired, an immensely wealthy man. For the next four decades and until shortly before his death at the age of 76, Rossini wrote mostly small instrumental and vocal pieces, which he titled Peches de ma vieillese (Sins of my Old Age) and Soirees Musicales (Musical Gatherings).
Rossini meant to share his late life work only with his circle of friends in his home at Passy, a suburb of Paris. After his death they were published and became well known thanks to the efforts of Rossini’s widow and his French publisher. They are mostly light in character, sometimes sentimental and very often humorous. They can also be enormously challenging from a technical standpoint.
Flautist Suzanne Bona is the Executive Producer, Creator and Host of Sunday Baroque, the popular nationally-syndicated radio program that can be heard locally on Sunday mornings on WGUC. A Classical music broadcaster since 1987, Suzanne is a classically trained flutist, and avid reader, jogger, culinary explorer, and cat lover.
Philippine-American tenor, Allan Palacios Chan (allanpalacioschan.com) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Minor in Theater (magna cum laude) from George Mason University, a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance. Allan has been z Corbett Foundation Young Artist with Cincinnati Opera for four consecutive seasons, and a recent voice fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker (www.kayleighdecker.com) is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She began her Master’s degree at CCM this fall. During her time in Cincinnati, she has sung the role of Peggy in Opera Fusion’s workshop of Shalimar the Clown and the Fox in Cincinnati Chamber Opera’s production of The Little Prince, and was also an Encouragement award winner in the Cincinnati District Metropolitan Opera Auditions. This past summer she made her debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist.
Soprano Ashley Fabian (www.ashleyfabiansoprano.com) is currently working towards her M.M. at The University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music. She is a recent winner in the national Grand Concours FrancoAmerican competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition, and the MidAtlantic NATS Artist Awards Competition. She has also been a semifinalist in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, and a Young Artist Award at Central City Opera.
Cellist Sarah Kim has enjoyed a versatile career. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., she attended the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University for graduate work in Cello Performance and Pedagogy, with additional training in the Suzuki Method at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Kim has worked to develop Suzuki Cello programs in area public schools and has been an active performer in the Cincinnati area, appearing with Concert Nova, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Taft Chamber Music, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Pianist and conductor Jesse Leong (www.jesseleong.com ) is working on a MM degree in Conducting at CCM, while looking forward to his post as Assistant Conductor at the Glimmerglass Opera this summer. Jesse has been Associate Music Director of the Queen City Chamber Opera, Conducting Fellow at Opera Saratoga, Resident Pianist at Opera Pittsburgh, Studio Pianist and Conductor for the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, and is currently a Graduate Assistant at CCM’s Orchestral Studies and Opera Departments.
Violinist Jennifer Roig-Francolí has appeared as featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Berlin Symphony, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Symphony and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and is a dedicated Alexander Technique proponent (http://www.artoffreedom.me )