Our 2018 winter concert was held on Sunday, January 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 Church St. in Phoenixville, PA.
We were joined by Kendra Broom, mezzo-soprano at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in D Minor, RV565
Jean Sibelius, Impromptu for String Orchestra
Henry Purcell, “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament) from Dido and Aeneas
George Frideric Handel, “Svegliatevi nel core” from Giulio Cesare
≈ Interval ≈
C. Hubert Parry, Minuet from An English Suite, for string orchestra
Edvard Grieg, Suite of Norwegian Melodies
Carlos Gardel, “Por una Cabeza,” arr. Grigg
Leroy Anderson, Jazz Legato and Jazz Pizzicato
About Kendra Broom
Kendra Broom, from Oakland, Calif., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Broom is the Shaun F. O’Malley Fellow.
A mezzo-soprano, Ms. Broom has sung the roles of the Melisande (Impressions of Pelleas), L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Faith (Rene Orth’s Empty the House), and Javotte (Manon) for the Curtis Opera Theatre. Other roles include Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Suzy (La rondine), Macduff’s Son (Bloch’s Macbeth), Alcina (Orlando Paladino), Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers), Mallika (Lakme), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Jack (Smyth’s The Wreckers), and Adelma (Busoni’s Turandot). In addition to the Curtis Opera Theatre, she has appeared in productions at the Chautauqua Institution and the Bard Music Festival.
Ms. Broom performed the lead role in Sheila Silver’s A Thousand Splendid Suns as part of OPERA America’s New Works Forum. She has also appeared as a soloist in performances of Berio’s Sinfonia with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the New York City Master Chorale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Binghamton Philharmonic, and Menotti’s Missa O Pulchritudo with the Glen Ridge Choral Society. This season she will be singing Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony, and Melisande in Pelléas et Mélisande with West Edge Opera.
Ms. Broom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was awarded the Ambrose Monell, Birgit Nilsson, and Emily W. Voorhis Scholarships. She was also the recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest in 2011, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, poetry, and arts outreach.