Next month will begin with the third of the four concerts in the San Francisco Performances (SFP) Vocal Series. The vocalist will be mezzo Sasha Cooke, who made her SFP debut in January of 2014, filling in on the spur of the moment for an ailing Alice Coote. By that time Cooke had become known to San Francisco music lovers, particularly for singing the lead in Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene when it was given its premiere by the San Francisco Opera.
At next month’s recital, Cooke’s accompanist will be Julius Drake in an imaginative program of music by Joseph Haydn, Gustav Mahler, Franz Liszt, and Enrique Granados. The most familiar selection will probably be Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (songs of a wayfarer) cycle. Far less familiar is likely to be a selection of arias from Haydn’s Hoboken XXVIa/2 secular cantata, Arianna a Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos). Her program will also include six of Liszt’s songs and songs from Granados’ collection Tonadillas al estilo antiguo based on poems by Fernando Periquet and drawing on a traditional form of Spanish song.
This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street). Tickets are priced at $40 and $65. These may be purchased through the event page for the recital on the SFP Web site. SFP may be reached at 415-392-2545 for further information.
Closer to the end of the month, the Young Masters Series will conclude with a recital by soprano Leah Crocetto. Crocetto is no stranger to SFP, having given one of the Wednesday evening “Salon” recitals at the Hotel Rex in October of 2010, which proved to serve as an excellent platform for the diversity of her repertoire. Earlier this season she sang the role of Mimi as a member of the “Saturday cast” in a double-cast production of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème.
Her Young Masters program will feature a world premiere, the first performance of Gregory Peebles’ song cycle Eternal Recurrence in its entirety. Her art song selections will also include four songs by Richard Strauss and four by Henri Duparc. For opera lovers she will sing the aria “Tu che le vanità” from the final act of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlo in the Italian version. Crocetto will conclude her performance with a selection of torch songs and standards to be announced from the stage. She will be accompanied by pianist Mark Markham.
This concert will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, in the Concert Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street, a short walk from the Van Ness Muni station). All tickets are priced at $40. These may be purchased through the event page for the recital on the SFP Web site. SFP may be reached at 415-392-2545 for further information.