CSUSB Music Faculty Perform For ‘Recital on The Run’

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)- – Soprano Stacey Fraser, pianist Kosta Popovic and mezzo soprano Janelle Destefano have rescheduled their fall 2011 music recital at Cal State San Bernardino for Saturday, Jan 28.

The show was originally scheduled for the fall, but was cancelled when two of the cast members became ill.

Beginning at 2 p.m. in the university’s Performing Arts Recital Hall, the trio will perform works by Mozart, Schumann, Wolf, Debussy, Offenbach, Weill and Ben Moore. Admission to the concert is free.

Fraser and Popovic are part of the CSUSB music faculty. Fraser, who teaches opera theatre and voice at the university, has sung as a soloist for the San Diego Opera, the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Musicasa Concert Hall in Tokyo, Vancouver Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center.

In February 2011, Fraser sang the world premiere of a new work for soprano by critically acclaimed composer Koji Nakano, “Arigatoo,” from the opera “Spiritual Forest” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She performed the Asian premiere of “Arigatoo” 10 days later to a sold-out house at the Taipei National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Popovic is new at the university, joining the CSUSB faculty this fall. At the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, he was an assistant chorus master for six seasons.  He has taught at UC Santa Barbara and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Now the director of choral activities at CSUSB, Popovic has worked with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal, and Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, Germany. He’s also worked with the San Diego and Santa Barbara operas.

As a pianist and accompanist, Popovic has performed in concerts and recitals in Europe, the United States and Canada, and in venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall in New York, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, La Sainte Chapelle in Paris, Teatro Caio Melisso in Spoleto and the Ford Centre in Toronto.

Special guest Janelle Destefano has sung on regional operatic, orchestral and musical theater stages across the United States, performing with Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Virginia, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Westminster Opera Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and San Diego Opera.

A member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, DeStefano made her debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah” in 2010. She will appear with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew,” and will return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the alto soloist in the Messiah” with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

For ticket information, call the CSUSB music department at (909) 537-7516 or visit the music department website at http://music.csusb.edu. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

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