Oct. 1, 2014

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WHAT: Washington International Piano Series at CUA
WHEN: Sun., Oct. 5, 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Catholic University of America Ward Hall, Recital Hall 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington, D.C.

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Sharon Christman, soprano, and Ivo Kaltchev, piano.

Christman is professor of voice and head of the voice division at the music school. She made her Alice Tully Hall debut singing Pergolesi's Orpheus Cantata with the New York Chamber Orchestra and her Metropolitan Opera debut singing the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - a role she has performed with more than 20 opera companies and symphonies across the United States, Canada, and South America. Christman has sung leading roles with opera companies around the world, including Dallas Opera, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, and New York City Opera, to name a few. She has soloed with major symphony orchestras across the world and with major conductors like Julius Rudel, Eduardo Muller, and Alfredo Silipigni. She performed Professor Murry Sidlin's concert-drama Defiant Requiem in a multitude of venues and may be seen on the PBS DVD of the production.

Kaltchev, professor of piano and head of the piano division at the music school, is the co-director and co-founder of the Washington International Piano Festival. A prizewinner of international piano competitions and a Bösendorfer Concert Artist, Kaltchev has enjoyed a successful performing career as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has performed in musical centers throughout the world, including the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is recipient of piano pedagogy awards for teaching excellence and has presented lectures, workshops and master classes in Europe, China, Korea, Singapore, Costa Rica, the Virgin Islands and the United States. Critics worldwide have praised his technique and his originality.

The recital will feature art songs and arias by Adamo, Barber, Burleigh, Copland, Donizetti, Massenet, Mozart, Poulenc, and Strauss. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5414 or visit piano.cua.edu/wips.cfm.

SPONSOR : Benjamin T. Rome School of Music