Friday, May 18
St. Peter's Sanctuary
Kelvin Chan, baritone
with Wei-En Hsu, piano
Featuring songs of Bernstein, Cipullo, Heggie, Ireland, Musto, and more.
Baritone Kelvin Chan is a versatile performer of the operatic, concert, and recital repertoire. Recent operatic engagements include the Imperial Commissioner and Yamadori in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly and with Houston Grand Opera, where he created the role of Goong-Goong in the HGOCo production of Courtside by Jack Perla. Mr. Chan has appeared with Cincinnati Opera, where he performed the role of Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, creating the role of Shi-Yin in RedDust, an opera electronica by Mathew Rosenblum. Other roles include Harlekin, Schaunaurd, and Valmont in Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons. He performed the role of Remendado in Carmen with 2005 Regional Theatre Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, MN, and reprised that role with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA.
On the concert stage, Kelvin has performed as a soloist in Bach’s Cantata 56 and 82 and St. Matthew Passion, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Lord Nelson Mass, and Mozart’s Requiem. For five years, he performed with the all-male chamber vocal ensemble, Cantus, and served as that ensemble’s Artistic Co-Director. With Cantus, he performed concerts and conducted workshops throughout North America and Europe. He recorded five albums with that ensemble and his recording of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs of the Sea appears on Cantus’s 2006 album, There Lies the Home.
Kelvin is an avid recitalist, with a particular interest in modern and contemporary American art song. His program entitled American Portraits/Echoes of American Dreams, has been featured on the Music on the Avenue Series at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bellevue, KY and at Johns Island Presbyterian Church in Johns Island, SC.
A graduate of Carleton College, with a B.A. in geology, Kelvin is a candidate in the Doctoral of Musical Arts program in voice performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he also completed his Master of Music.
Winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is now having a busy performing career throughout the States, Europe, and Asia. In recent years, Mr. Hsu has established himself as an early music specialist in promoting Baroque opera and the art of recitative for pianists. At the same time, he has worked closely with living composers in his generation in promoting new music.
Mr. Hsu has worked as a répétiteur for One World Symphony, British Youth Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Amore Opera for their opera productions. He also has the abilities of coaching in Italian, German, French, English, Latin, as well as in Russian, Korean, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. Recently he had written the Taiwanese libretto for the opera project at Manhattan School of Music. His choral composition was also premiered in Germany in summer 2006. Mr. Hsu is the winner of many awards, recently including Scott Huxley Piano Accompaniment Prize, Major Van Someren-Godfery Prize Accompaniment Award (2004), Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize Accompaniment Award, Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, Distinction Performance Award from RAM (2005), and Sing for Hope Grant for Arts Activism and Community Outreach (2009). Mr. Hsu made his debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in March 2008. He was named the Stern Fellow in SongFest 2009. During the season 2009-2010, Mr. Hsu joins the Opera Company of Brooklyn Resident Artists as a pianist/coach/conductor. He serves as a vocal coaching faculty in SongFest 2010 and 2011. He is the Founder/Music Director for Pocket Opera of New York, and the Executive Director for Metropolitan International Music Festival. A graduate of the Juilliard School, NY, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is an accomplished pianist, organist, conductor, répétiteur and composer. A native of Taiwan, he received his BFA degree in Piano at Taipei National University of the Arts, and was pleased to be the only candidate at Juilliard selected to Royal Academy of Music, London as an exchange student, studying with Malcolm Martineau and Aaron Shorr during 2004-05. While at Juilliard, he was a student of Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. In summer 2004, Mr. Hsu was pleased to enter Music Academy of the West, CA with the full scholarship under the instruction of Warren Jones. He has also been invited to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh for the Russian Song Masterclass with Sergei Leiferkus and Semion Skigin. This season, Mr. Hsu has just assisted the Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter in the American premier of the Mercadante: I due Figaro at Amore Opera, and later on conducted La Traviata with the company. On the recital stage, he made his debut appearance at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall ealier, along with a debut with National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall performing Carmina Burana. Last month, his recital tour to Asia brought him to Japan with the violinist Junko Otsu, featuring the world premier of his violin fantasy Il viaggio d'amore e la vita. Starting this September, Mr. Hsu will take the repetiteur position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
For more information, please weienhsu.com.
Currently serving as instructor of cello at Jacksonville University, Shannon Lockwood is also pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Yehuda Hanani. She began playing the cello at age twelve in the Colorado public school system. She later studied with retired, Colorado Symphony cellist Fred Hoeppner. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver. While studying in Denver with Richard Slavich, she won the prestigious Presser Award for academic and musical achievement. She also studied in London with Alice McVeigh and Paul Watkins under a grant from the English Speaking Union and returned in the fall of 2011 to conduct research at the Britten-Pears Library. Her broad spectrum of professional experiences include performing with orchestras such as the Colorado and Jacksonville Symphonies, performing as soloist with the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Wired String Ensemble, performing and coaching chamber music, serving as a graduate assistant to the University of Cincinnati Orchestras, and maintaining a private studio. When not performing and teaching, she spends time with her husband, a double bassist and their dachshund Benjamin.visit website