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W.A. Mozart: Parto, from La Clemenza di Tito
Arnold Cooke: Three Songs of Innocence
Franz Schubert: Romanze from Die Verschworenen
Claude Debussy: Petite Piece
Maurice Ravel:Piece en forme de Habanera
Ben Moore: Lake Isle of Innisfree
Terence Greaves: A Garden of Weeds
Known for her musicality and expressive singing, lyric soprano Ann Elizabeth Jones is a frequent recitalist and oratorio singer based in San Francisco. Before moving to California, Ms. Jones lived in New York City where she was known for her sensitive Mozart portrayals – including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte – in various regional opera productions on the East Coast. In the New York City area, other roles performed include Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, and Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. She sang the role of Irene in recording as well as a concert version of Mercadante’s opera Andronica at Columbia University, presented in full for the first time since its premiere in 1821. As a choral singer with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in New York City, Ms. Jones sang under the batons of Kurt Masur, Loren Maazel, Marin Alsop, John Eliot Gardiner, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She was a regular contract singer and featured soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra for three years at both the Bard Festival in upstate New York and at Carnegie Hall.
A frequent recitalist both in the U.S. and abroad, she performed in a concert series celebrating Viennese operetta favorites at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; in a series of joint recitals with New York City Opera Baritone Don Yule; as well as a solo recitalist in New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago. She has concertized throughout the United States and recorded as guest artist with The Risorgimento Project, a chamber music group committed to the little-known music of the 19th Century. She has recorded and performed sacred Renaissance music and 20th-century song with Chicago-based Schola Cantorum. In oratorio, Ms. Jones was frequently heard throughout the East Coast and in Chicago as a soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and served as a soprano soloist in various venues in Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.
Ms. Jones has recently been heard singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Holy Names University Orchestra and Bachianas Brasileiras of Heitor Villa-Lobos as a guest artist with the Berkeley Youth Symphony. She performs with various chamber music ensembles throughout the Bay Area and recently gave a concert of contemporary American art songs in collaboration with pianist Daniel Lockert for the Sausalito Song Society.
Ms. Jones also serves as assistant conductor of Calling All Choir and has recently accepted the position of Associate Conductor for the National Children’s Chorus. Clarinetist Tom Rose received a B.A. from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Performance from Mills College. His principal teachers were Earl Smith, Leon Russianoff, and Rosario Mazzeo. He taught music in the Oakland and Berkeley Public Schools from 1973-1980. As a professional musician, he has been a member of several symphony orchestras, and a freelance musician in the bay area for over 35 years. He has held the position of Principal Clarinetist with Music in the Mountains Festival, Grass Valley, since its founding, in 1982. He has performed the Copland and Mozart clarinet concertos numerous times with the orchestra, along with other solo works. He worked at San Francisco Ballet from 1988 through June 2010, serving as Orchestra Personnel Manager. In 2004 he released a CD of music for clarinet and piano with pianist Miles Graber. The second CD in this series is due for release in 2013. Mr. Rose is an adjunct clarinet teacher at Holy Names University.
Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend. He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Frederica von Stade, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin. Mr. Graber has accompanied violinists Robin Hansen, Christina Mok, Natasha Makhijani, Stuart Canin, Roy Malan, and Mariya Borozina, cellists Michael Graham, Robert Howard, Thalia Moore, and Stephen Harrison, clarinetist Tom Rose, and flutists Gary Woodward, Amy Likar, Sasha Launer, and Ai Goldsmith.
He is a member of the chamber groups MusicAEterna, GGR Trio, Alcyone Ensemble, the Sor Ensemble, Mira Trio, and the new music group Sounds New.
Mr. Graber has been associated with such ensembles as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, the Oakland Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the California Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, and Opera San Jose. He has accompanied master classes of Midori, Joseph Silverstein, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pamela Frank, Alexander Barantchik, James Galway, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Lipsett, Ronald Leonard, Leon Fleisher, Alisa Weilerstein, Jeanne Baxtresser, Paula Robison, and Kim Kashkashian. He has been a frequent performer with members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, UC Berkeley Symphony, and members of the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Graber is a staff accompanist at the San Domenico Conservatory in San Anselmo, California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. Other accompanying posts include the Mondavi Center for the Arts Young Artist Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Summer Brass Institute.