Fri Apr 21
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Katie Procell, soprano
Kyle Blake Jones, alto saxophone
Valerie Hsu, piano
A concert of chamber music for soprano, alto saxophone, and piano exploring life's joys and struggles with music by living and recent composers. Featuring works by Dorothy Chang, Peter Dayton, Lori Laitman, André Previn, Jessica Rudman, Carl Smith, and Frank Ticheli.
“Fearless, versatile young soprano” Katie Procell (Opera News) is a Baltimore-based singer of operatic and new music. Past opera credits: Susanna (Figaro; Peabody & Peach State Opera), various roles in new chamber opera series (ENA Ensemble); Lisa (La sonnambula; Opera Alchemy); Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Alchemy); Krysia (Out of Darkness; Peabody); Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia; JMU).
Procell is represented by Spotlight Artists Management. She works with composer Peter Dayton and made her record debut with Stories Out of Cherry Stems. She also worked with composer Garth Baxter to premiere Lily (Fraimework Productions).
Kyle Jones, saxophonist, is a performer, teacher, and arts administrator. An advocate for new music, Kyle actively collaborates with composers and performers from various styles and genres. Recently, he has been involved in a commissioning project with Dr. Nathan Mertens with the composer Anthony R. Green, as well as leading a consortium for a new work for saxophone and clarinet by composer Gabriela Ortiz. Kyle was winner of the 2018 Sarah and Ernest Butler Winds, Brass, and Percussion Concerto Competition. He is a doctoral student of Zachary Shemon at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, and Instructor of Saxophone at Northwest Missouri State University and MidAmerica Nazarene University.
In addition to his performing activities, Kyle serves as a Co-Director for Fast Forward Austin, Kyle serves as Production Coordinator for Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Grant Writing Associate for Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony, and manages and produces his own podcast entitled “Pay to Play.” He holds degrees from The University of Texas-Austin, Peabody Conservatory, and East Tennessee State University.
Valerie Hsu is a collaborative pianist, community organizer, and religious professional based in Baltimore, MD. A semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Valerie studied at Vanderbilt University with Craig Nies and Melissa Rose, where she was recipient of the inaugural Gall/Martin Collaborative Arts Award. Ensemble highlights include a MinEvent performance of the music of John Cage on prepared piano with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Southeastern United States premiere of George Antheil’s complete and restored Ballet Mècanique, and serving as orchestral pianist on the Vanderbilt University Orchestra’s 10-day performance tour of China.
Showtime: 7 pm ET/6 pm CT/5 pm MT/4 pm PT/11 pm GMT
In-person seats: $20/ $10 full-time students with valid ID
Attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.
Advance sales end 1 hr before showtime; tickets can be purchased at the door if any remain.
Streaming Cost is $15
The link will be revealed to live stream participants 15 minutes before the show
and will remain active through April 28.