Nogales native Evan Kory is once again bringing some of his professional friends to perform a beautiful program of operatic arias, lieder, folk music, and solo piano works. “Music and Miracles is the kick-off fundraising event for St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic’s Annual Cleft Palate/Cleft Lip Mission. Life-changing surgeries are performed at Hospital CIMA in Hermosillo, Mexico by doctors from Children’s Surgery International of Minneapolis. St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic partners with these two organizations to change the lives of about 60 children each year.
On Friday, August 25, pianist Evan Kory and friends will be in Nogales for the fifth time. Tickets are $50 which includes the concert and reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The concert begins at 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Nogales at 1916 N. Frank Reed Rd., Nogales, AZ. Tickets are available at St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic, 75 W. Calle de las Tiendas, Ste. 129B, Green Valley; La Cinderella Shop, Mariposa Center, Nogales; from any St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic Board member; or at the door. If purchasing at the door, it is strongly advised that you call ahead to reserve your tickets (520) 648-3242, 281-2780, 604-0557 as this has been a sell-out performance in the past.
Evan Kory will spend the 2017-2018 season as Artist in Residence at the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts in Patagonia, AZ where he will be teaching and performing solo and chamber music recitals at the Benderly-Kendall Opera House. Both a pianist and harpsichordist, Evan has a vivid repertoire ranging from the renaissance and baroque to the present. His primary interest is exploring the last four centuries on historical keyboard instruments. He has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Bach Archive. The Kosciuszko Foundation, Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, and the Lyceum of Arts Recital Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Proclaimed a “gifted young tenor” by the New York Times, the Grammy Award-winning Joshua Guerrero continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. An alumnus of the much esteemed Domingo-Colburn-Stein young artist program of Los Angeles Opera, Joshua has received numerous accolades including the 2017 Plácido Domingo Award, given to Hispanics in the music community. 2016/2017 highlights include debuts at Carnegie Hall with the Richard Tucker Gala, the English National Opera, the Zürich OpernHaus, a European tour with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolivar Orchestra singing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and the inauguration of the Pécs Placido Domingo Classics Summer Festival in Hungary as Alfredo in La Traviata, alongside Maestro Domingo.
Baritone Levi Hernandez has a velvety tone and a stage presence which exudes confidence and charm. He is gaining momentum as a much sought after artist on the operatic stage. Last season he debuted with Arizona Opera as Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas. The 2016-2017 season includes performances as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with both Arizona Opera and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath in his return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Shuisky in Dvorak’s Dimitrij with Bard SummerScape.
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Already in her young career, she has led performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra Cominque in Paris, among many others. Ms. Mitchell made her Budapest debut in June, 2017 in the role of Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the St. Margetszifget Festival.
The recipient of The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Christopher Allen is rapidly gaining attention as a rising conductor on the operatic and symphonic stages. His conducting career was launched when he received the Bruno Walter Conducting Award and Memorial Career Grant, and fostered by Plácido Domingo and James Conlon, who brought him to Los Angeles Opera as an Associate Conductor. He is currently the John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera. Recently he made his Washington National Opera debut in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment and Florida Grand Opera debut in Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls.