Monday, April 12, 2010

Stubson & Viscardi in concert April 25

From an ARTCORE press release:

Susan Stubson & Catherine Viscardi will perform in concert on Sunday, April 25, 4 p.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Casper.

Susan Stubson is a sixth generation Wyomingite who began her piano studies at age eight and gave her first recital at age eleven. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, during which time she won the hallowed Fiske Competition an unprecedented four consecutive years. She was a regional finalist for Music Teachers National Association and has traveled with the Dallas Brass, performing Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue.

Susan received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Moving to New York City, she freelanced as pianist for the Orchestra of Saint Lukes and as an audition pianist for classical music organizations. She worked extensively as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for the Juilliard School, then served as an assistant to tenor Nico Castel at the Metropolitan Opera.

Susan yearned to return to the West where she earned a degree in law at the University of Wyoming. She practiced law in Casper for several years before "retiring" from the law practice to practice child rearing and piano…in that order. Recognizing the importance and relevance of art and music in our everyday lives, Susan is committed to arts advocacy and is a Board Member on the Wyoming Arts Council.

Hailed by the Connecticut Post as “an absolutely sparkling soprano,” Catherine Viscardi was most recently seen as Adele in the Intermountain Opera production of Die Fledermaus.

Other roles include Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Sophie (Werther), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Norina (Don Pasquale), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Madame Herz (The Impresario).

On the concert stage, Ms. Viscardi has been featured as soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in Connecticut, conducted by Gustav Meier, the Bach Magnificat with the Bozeman Symphony in Montana and the Mozart Exultate Jubilate with the Wyoming Symphony, both under the baton of Matthew Savery, as well as the Handel Messiah with both the Norwalk and Allentown Symphonies with Diane Wittry conducting.

An advocate of the song recital, Ms. Viscardi has performed concerts in Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, as well as the Center for Contemporary Arts in Virginia Beach and the St. James Chamber Music Series and Cultural Corner Concert Series in Bozeman, Montana.

Previous engagements include Young Artist residencies with Ash Lawn Opera (VA) covering Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Portland Opera (OR) covering Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for the mainstage and singing Queen of the Night in outreach productions.

Ms. Viscardi holds music degrees from Vassar College (NY) and Mannes College of Music (NY).