“Adventurous and passionate” ( The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist INNA FALKIS has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks recently relocated from NYC to Los Angeles, after being named the new Head of Piano and Associate Professor of Piano at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. After her acclaimed debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Critics praise her “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power“ (Lucid Culture), “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), and “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun). Her lauded discography includes a recent all- Beethoven release, “Sound of Verse – music of Boris Pasternak, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff” – both on MSR Classics, and a Disklavier recital recording for Yamaha. Upcoming recordings include ”Polonaise-Fantasie, story of a pianist” theater-piano piece, and her Music/Words new commissions CD.
Ms. Faliks’s distinguished career has taken her to thousands of recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the US as well as highly reviewed appearances in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, Russia, and Israel. Winner of many competitions, including the ProMusicis International Award, she has been featured on radio and international television broadcasts, and has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, LA’s Zipper Hall, and in festivals such as Newport Festival, Bargemuisc Festival, Peninsula Festival, Verbier Festival, and more.
Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, soprano CARRIE HENNESSEY is a powerful and talented artist. The 2014/2015 season includes several concert and recital appearances as well as her role debut as Blanche in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Stage director Brad Dalton and soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem and the Mozart Requiem. 2013/14 season included playing Sarah Miles in the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair, a reprise of The Woman in La Voix Humaine, Mimì in La Bohème, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, the Brahms Requiem, Vaughn Williams’ moving Dona Nobis Pacem, appearances on multiple concert/recital series and Mahler’s epic symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde.
Baritone HADLEIGH ADAMS is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and graduate of the 2012 Merola Opera Program. He made his Company debut in 2013 in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and appeared in Dolores Claiborne, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata last season and was seen as Schaunard (La Bohème) this fall. The New Zealand native was a member of New Zealand Opera from 2004 to 2008 and has performed frequently as an oratorio soloist. He made his debut with London’s Royal National Theatre in 2011 as Christ in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Awards include a 2010 Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Scholarship and second prize in the Australian Singing Competition. Recent engagements include Pollux (Rameau’s Castor et Pollux) with Pinchgut Opera, the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro with Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and Claudio (Agrippina) with Opera Omaha.
Anita Felix is concertmaster of the Folsom Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and performs regularly with Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Ballet, and the Elk Grove Strauss Festival.
Curtis Kidwell is currently principal oboe for the Auburn Symphony, Folsom Symphony, Vallejo Symphony. Camellia Symphony. Also, he is English horn for Santa Rosa Symphony and performs with the Capitol Chamber Players, Tres Musicos, and Sacramento Philharmonic “Wolfgang” wind quintet.
John Cozza is a lecturer in Applied Piano and accompanying at the Conservatory of Music at UOP and staff accompanist at Sacramento State. John's international engagements have included performances as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician throughout Europe (Vienna, Bologna, Milan, Cologne, and Budapest).
Tammy Dyer is a Principal Violin in three groups: Philharmonia Healdsburg, Symphony of the Redwoods and the Mendocino Music Festival. She has her doctorate in performance from Stonybrook (N.Y.)
Dan Kristianson, violin, has played with the Vallejo Symphony for 14 years and is a contracted member of the Marin Symphony. He's performed extensively with the California, Modesto, and Napa Symphonies as well as the Sacramento Philharmonic.
Alexander Volonts, violist, is a contracted player with the Santa Rosa and Monterey Symphony Orchestras, and has played three summers at the Mendocino Music Festival, being featured as soloist last summer performing the Telemann Viola Concerto.
Burke Schuchmann, was Principal Cellist and soloist with the Salzburger Solisten in Austria. He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in both Europe and the U.S. He has been principal cellist and soloist with the Sacramento Symphony, as well as principal cellist and soloist with the Mendocino Music Festival.