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Requiem showcases another Brahms highlight

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Annie Matlow 326-3136



SPOKANE: The 2,700-seat opera house was packed for the Oct. 6 Brahms Blast -- the launch of a month of Brahms by the Spokane Symphony. The spotlight continues as Maestro Eckart Preu presents one of the sublime masterpieces of the choral-orchestral repertoire: Brahms' A German Requiem on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the INB Performing Arts Center.

Written in response to the death of his beloved mother in 1865, the Requiem endures as a message of consolation to people of all times and all faiths. The 120-voice Spokane Symphony Chorale, under the direction of Lori Wiest joins the orchestra for this monumental presentation. Soloists are Baritone Frank Hernandez and Soprano Charlotte Pistor.

Lyric baritone Frank Hernandez is making an impact in his young career with major opera companies and journalists worldwide. He is consistently renowned for his vocal and dramatic interpretation in signature roles such as Marcello in La Boheme, which he has performed with Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Florentine Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Atlanta Opera and many more. Most recently, Hernandez performed with Michigan Opera Theatre Atlanta Opera, the Nashville Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Augusta Opera, the Jacksonville Symphony an more.

As a concert artist, Hernandez has appeared as a soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri, the Cleveland Orchestra and the National Symphony conducted by Leonard. Slatkin. A Whitworth graduate, Hernandez has appeared with the Spokane Symphony and is a popular local artist.

Soprano Charlotte Pistor lives and performs in Salzburg, Austria, where she is married and has a family. Her musical studies were completed at Portland State University in Portland. They were followed by master classes in 1990 at the renowned Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg with masters such as Peter Schreier and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She then started her first operatic engagement at the Salzburg State Theater in 1991, singing the coloratura-soubrette roles there through 1995.
A freelance artist since 1995, Pistor is much in demand as a concert, Lieder, operetta and operatic soloist and has garnered the reputation as an outstanding Mozart interpreter. She travels and sings throughout Europe, with regular guest appearances in Japan and the U.S.A. Pistors warm, vibrant, lyric soprano voice combined with her heartfelt interpretations have delight audiences wherever she sings.
Tickets range from $15 to $35 and are available at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office, 818 W. Riverside, Suite 100 or 509-624-1200; all TicketsWest Outlets; 509-325-SEAT; 1-800-325-SEAT and at www.spokanesymphony.org

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