WILLIAM LIMÓN Elegy (World Premiere)
MICHAEL CLOSE A Child’s Book of Animals (World Premiere)
Erik Kroncke, bass-baritone
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 (Finale)
A silent auction benefiting the Longmont Youth Symphony will be held in the commons area before the concert.
About Erik Kroncke
Erik Kroncke has been described as “engaging… a bass of astounding depth and warm timbre… an important voice and artist…”
Erik has been in demand as Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, Philip II in Don Carlo, Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Ramphis in Aida, and Mephistopheles in Faust. He has appeared with Sarasota Opera, Opera San José, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Colorado, New Jersey Verismo Opera, Green Mountain Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera, among others.
He was an award winner of the Gerda Lissner vocal competition in 2010, the American Wagner and St. Bonaventura award winner from the Liederkranz competition in 2008, and a winner of the 2002 and 2003 Friedrich Schorr Vocal Competition. His symphonic and oratorio performances have included engagements with the National Chorale, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Korean Philharmonic, and the American Classical Orchestra, as well as appearances in “The Three Basses” concerts.
In the last year, Erik sang the bass solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center, and the role of Tackleton in the North American premiere of Zandonai’s Il Grillo del Focolare with Teatro Grattacielo. www.erikkroncke.com
About Bethany Parker, piano
Bethany Parker, 15, is a freshman at Frederick High School. She has been playing the piano since she was seven years old and is currently studying with Ken Siders. In the last year, Bethany has started teaching beginning piano students and has gained a lot of insights from them. For the past seven years, she has participated in the Multiple Piano Festival sponsored by the Boulder Area Music Teachers’ Association. Bethany also plays the violin and is concertmaster in Frederick High School’s concert orchestra. As an 8th grader, she was concertmaster for the SVVSD Middle School Honors Orchestra. She is also a member of her school’s concert choir and participated in the Colorado Middle All-State Choir. Bethany comes from a musical family and is the youngest of 10 children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.