Nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell will be in her element as she performs American art song, jazz tunes, love songs, soulful hymns and world premieres all in one recital! She will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Michael Clement.
All works in this upbeat and poignant recital are written by local composers:
Frederic Sharaf '56 (Bennington, VT)
Josh Rodriguez (Cambridge, NY)
Steve Murray (Richmond, MA)
Dean Coughtry (Schoharie, NY)
Frederic Sharaf studied pianoforte with Luise Vosgerchian at Harvard. Later, he received his B.A. from Cornell, where he studied composition with Karel Husa, and his M.A. in composition at Stanford, where he studied with Humphrey Searle. He also received special instruction in species counterpoint from Hugo Norden in Boston, and studied further composition techniques with Ludmila Ulehla at the Manhattan School of Music.
Frederic's work has been performed at the Loeb Theatre at Harvard, his 2nd String Quartet at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his 1st String Quartet at Cornell and Stanford. His publisher, Carl Fischer, Inc., recently released his “Three Settings from Imitations by Robert Lowell.” His wife, Jane, premiered these settings in 1971. As a result, she was the recipient of a competitive award that allowed her to study at Yale in a summer program. Other works of his are slated to be published this year.
He has received significant tutelage and encouragement throughout the years from Olga Koussevitzky, Morton Gould, Robert Russell Bennett, and many others. Frederic extends his thanks to all those who have nurtured him in his music career.
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