Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, whose talent the New York Times has hailed as “prodigious” and “exciting,” will debut at Memorial Chapel and the Union College Concert Series on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Cano, accompanied by her husband Christopher Cano on piano, will sing a selection of songs influenced by French, Bohemian and Spanish folk song traditions: Joseph Canteloube’s “Chants d’Auvergne” (four songs); Antonín Dvořák’s “Gypsy Songs”; and Manuel de Falla’s “Siete Canciones populares Españolas.” Edward Elgar’s evocative “Sea Pictures” rounds out the program.
Cano made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2009-10 season, performed in the Met’s joint production of “The Bartered Bride” with The Juilliard School last season, and returns this season as Kate Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly”, Sandman in “Hansel & Gretel”, and Wellgunde in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” and “Gotterdammerung.” She will return to the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and will join the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as a soloist performing Strauss’s Salomé.
Christopher Cano is a seasoned recitalist and orchestra soloist who has performed around the world, and made his recording debut in an acclaimed performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. He has played for the master classes of Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall and as a studio pianist for such greats as Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Marni Nixon and more.