BENNINGTON -- Mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck and pianist Donald McMahon of Bennington will give a recital on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, joined by Kerry Ryer-Parke and Keith and Robin Kibler of Williamstown.
Beck, 23, a native of Bennington, is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Williams College Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, and multiple Bach cantatas performed with chamber orchestra at the Old First Church in Bennington.
At the Crane School of Music, Beck starred as the Mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" with Crane Opera Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carleen Graham. Other roles in the ensemble include L’Enfant in "L’Enfant et les Sortileges" by Maurice Ravel, Emmie in Benjamin Britten’s "Albert Herring," and L’Aurora in Francesco Cavalli’s "L’Egisto." Also at Crane, he was an ensemble member of Crane’s recent Kurt Weill cabaret "From Berlin to Potsdam," directed by David Ronis of Queens College, and played Dorabella in scenes from Mozart’s "Così fan tutte," directed by Nelson Sheeley. At the Crane School of Music, she studied with Dr. Deborah Massell.
Beck has performed solo in many concerts at Crane, in addition to master classes given by German opera director Michael Sturm, Bach specialist and soprano Sophie Harmsen, Martha Arapis of Greece, world-famous soprano Christine Brewer, and Metropolitan Opera star and mentor, Stephanie Blythe. She is the recipient of the Alan E. Adams Memorial Scholarship and the George Blaha scholarship for outstanding vocalist at the Crane School of Music and the winner of the 2008 Vermont All-State Vocal Scholarship. She has also received scholarships from the Bennington County Choral Society and L’Ensemble. She was a long-time member of Bennington Children’s Chorus, directed by previous voice teacher, mentor, and friend, Kerry Ryer-Parke, and also sang with the Battenkill Chorale. Her travels have brought from to UMiami’s five-week vocal institute in Salzburg, Austria, to Middlebury, Vermont as the artist in residence in Italian operatic repertoire. Beck currently studies with Ruth Golden in New York City, and she plans to pursue her graduate studies in vocal performance and opera in the Fall of 2014.
Admission is by donation. For more information, please call 802-442-6678.