Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano
Nate Ben-Horin, piano

Mary Ellen Callahan and Nate Ben-Horin present an evening recital program of songs cycles by Robert Schumann and Francis Poulenc, as well as a set of songs by Charles Ives about rivers.

Sunday, June 11, 2014 at 7pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 general, $10 seniors/students
To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188.
Tickets also available at the door.

“…from her first notes on, soprano Mary Ellen Callahan radiated a purity and warmth which pierced the heart. In finely controlled singing marked by dead center pitch and subtle melodic shaping as well as a velvet evenness throughout her range, Callahan delivered one stunning passage after another…”
Mozart Mass in C Minor
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
--Albuquerque Journal

“Mary Ellen Callahan was first-rate”
Metropolitan Opera House
American Ballet Theatre Orchestra
--New York Times

“…radiant, wondrously agile soprano Mary Ellen Callahan…”
Mozart Mass in C Minor
Choral Arts Society of Washington DC
--Washington Post

“Mary Ellen Callahan was stunning as the Mater Gloriosa”
Mahler Symphony No. 8
Utah Symphony
--Salt Lake Tribune

“This debut recital was impressive in every way. The house was packed… Ms. Callahan is an excellent singer: her voice is perfectly produced, light and flexible, bright yet warm; her intonation is impeccable… Natural, poised stage presence… The audience responded with a standing ovation…”
New York solo recital debut
Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
--New York Concert Review

Bay Area native Mary Ellen Callahan appears as soloist across the nation in a variety of repertoires. Recent performances include Bach’s St. John Passion at Lincoln Center, Mahler's Eighth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall, Carmina Burana in the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Bach B Minor Mass and Mozart Mass in C Minor at the Kennedy Center.

Ms. Callahan is delighted to be returning to sing at the Piedmont Piano Company. She has also had repeat concert and recording engagements with American Bach Soloists, the Washington Bach Consort, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in performances including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, Missae Breves, and B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor. She has also worked with New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and with Musica Sacra, with the Utah, Harrisburg, San Antonio, Austin, Hartford and Kansas City Symphonies, the Alabama, Memphis and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Carmel Bach Festival, singing Poulenc, Fauré, Mahler, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Bach, and many other composers.

An avid recitalist, Ms. Callahan collaborates frequently with artists in New York and on the West Coast in music ranging from the early Baroque to works by living composers. Her solo recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall was sung to a sold-out house. A resident of New York City for over 20 years, she performs locally and nationally, and also has a busy teaching practice.

Her recordings include Gluck’s operas Il Parnaso Confuso and La Corona, Bach’s Missa Brevis in F Major, the JS and CPE Bach Magnificats, Handel's opera Faramondo, as well as My Heart Is Ready, Russian contemporary choral music, Distant Playing Fields, music by Amy Beach, and A European Christmas. Ms. Callahan is currently producing a CD. You can hear samples at MaryEllenCallahan.com.

Nate Ben-Horin is a pianist, singer, and composer. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley, where he won the Music Department’s inaugural Austin F. William Prize in piano performance. His piano teachers have included Jeffrey Sykes, Jerry Kuderna, and Jeremy Denk. While in school he was also president of the Undergraduate Composers Club, and sang in Marika Kuzma’s Grammy-winning Chamber Chorus as well as various opera productions. He currently works in the Bay Area, and has accompanied many local singers, instrumentalists, choirs, churches, and opera companies.

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