In the coming months, the School will welcome internationally renowned artists who also serve as distinguished educators of opera, vocal repertoire, and collaborative piano. The Series will include a number of voice and piano master classes, free and open to the public.
Master class, Feb. 25, 3:30-6:00 pm, Robert Baustian Theater, Murphy Hall
The first visiting artist, maestro Joseph Colaneri, will be in residence at KU February 25-26.? Colaneri is in his ninth season as a member of the conducting roster of the Metropolitan Opera and serves as Artistic Director of the opera program at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Colaneri made his conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera with a performance of La Boheme in 2000. Since that time, Maestro Colaneri has conducted numerous Met performances, including all of the popular Met in the Parks performances of Turandot in season 2002-2003, Falstaff in 2005-2006, and La Fille du Regiment and Lucia di Lammermoor in the 2007-2008 season. Prior to joining the Met, Colaneri was associated with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center for fifteen years, culminating in his appointment in 1995 as Acting Music Director.
Julio Alexis Munoz
Master class: March 29, 3:00-6:00 pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
Recital with KU Professor Genaro Mendez Jr.
April 1, 7:30 pm, Schmitt Music, Overland Park
March 26 - April 5, 2010, KU welcomes Julio Alexis Munoz, Professor of Piano at the Conservatorio Profesional de la Comunidad de Madrid and Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. A leading expert in Spanish art song and zarzuela, Munoz frequently collaborates as performer and teacher with internationally-renowned Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza and Spanish tenor Manuel Cid of the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. He has recorded for radio, televeision, and CD, and has performed throughout Europe, America, the Middle East, and Japan.
Master class: April 26, 3:30 ? 5:30 pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
April 25 - April 27, 2010, the KU School of Music welcomes Martin Katz, Chair of Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan.? Mr. Katz has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Jose Carreras, Cecilla Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Kathleen Battle and has shared the stage in recitals on five continents with some of the world's most esteemed voices, including Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballe, Tatiana Troyanos, Nicolai Gedda.