SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, will present its season-opening concert: “A Bicentennial Celebration of Wagner and Verdi,” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox (1001 W. Sprague Ave.). The concert features internationally acclaimed soprano soloist Arianna Zukerman.
General admission is $13, $10 for non-GU students and seniors; free to GU faculty, students and staff. Tickets can be purchased by calling (509) 624-1200, by visiting the ticket office for the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, or online through TicketsWest.
The event will open with Brahms’ “Tragic Overture.” It will be followed by Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs.” The orchestra will also perform Wagner’s “Overture to Tannhäuser.” The program will conclude with the aria “Ah, fors e liu” from “La Traviata” by Verdi. Zukerman will sing in the Strauss and Verdi pieces.
In addition, Zukerman will give a master class at St. Gregory Choral Hall (on Gonzaga’s campus) from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13; the event is free and open to the public. Also, tune in to Spokane Public Radio (KPBX FM, 91.1) at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 14 to hear Verne Windham’s interview of Zukerman.
Renowned for her rich soprano performances and dramatic ability, Zukerman is considered one of the premiere vocal artists of her generation. An international artist in demand for concert and opera performances, Zukerman is also an avid chamber musician and regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players. The Washington Post has acclaimed, “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.”
In addition to her busy performing schedule, Zukerman maintains an active studio at the Catholic University of America where she is an adjunct professor of voice, and she gives master classes around the United States. She resides with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.
For more information about this or other Gonzaga music department concerts, please call (509) 313-6733 or visit the department’s website.