Houston, TX / 176

Friday, March 28, 2008  |  Wortham Theater Center  |  Presented by Houston Grand Opera


This week, talented teen voices ring out at the home of Houston Grand Opera. A 17-year-old soprano sings Copland and three Texan “spirits” sing a scene from Mozart’s Magic Flute. Also, a confident clarinetist plays Saint-Saëns, and a teen trio performs Smetana. For the grand finale, all the young musicians join to perform music from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Performers and repertoire:

Clarinetist Qiudi Zhang, 17, from Omaha, NE, a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, performs the second movement from the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat major, Op.167 by Camille Saint-Saëns

Trio Vita from Midwest Young Artists in Chicago – featuring Ryan Murphy, violin, age 15 from Park Ridge, IL, Stanley Moore, cello, age 16 from Elgin, IL, and Brian Chang, piano, age 17 from Naperville, IL – performing III. Finale: Presto from the Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 by Bedřich Smetana

Soprano Caitlan “Katie” Pitts,17, from Houston, TX singing “Why do they shut me out of Heaven?” by Aaron Copland

Scene from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” featuring Rebekah Camm, from the Houston Grand Opera Studio with three members of the Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio: Elizabeth Kaufman, soprano, age 18 from Houston, TX, Joan Scheirman, soprano, age 15 from Houston, TX, and Emily Townsend, soprano, age 17 from Friendswood, TX

Christopher O’Riley conducts the final two scenes of “Hänsel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck, arranged by Lee Blaske with Kathy Kelly from Houston Grand Opera with all the of soloists and ensembles featured on the show, as well members of the Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio and Children’s Chorus, and Autumn Chodorowski, violin, age 17 from Woodstock, IL and Rebecca Rudy, viola, age 18 from Midwest Young Artists in Chicago.

Solo and ensemble singing by the HGO High School Voice Studio (listed alphabetically):

Michell Capdau, soprano (1st Hansel solo)

Raul Dominguez, tenor (doubles the Father solos)

Ashley Johnson, soprano (doubles a solo line later)

Caitlan Pitts, soprano (doubles a solo line later)

Steven Providence, baritone (doubles the Father solos)

Jasmine Reed, soprano (doubles a solo line later)

Kaitlyn Stobbe, soprano (1st Gretel solo)

Lauren Stringer, soprano (2nd Gretel solo)

HGO Children’s Chorus (24 members), Karen Reeves, director

The Three Genies

Performers & Repertoire

  • III. Finale: Presto from the Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 by Bedřich Smetana

Release Dates

  • Monday, March 16, 2009
  • Monday, September 15, 2008
  • Monday, April 28, 2008

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