Concert features soprano, cello choir
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Cello Choir and soprano Katherine Buzard will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Chapel of St. John the Divine at Armory and Wright streets on the University of Illinois campus. Admission is free.
The concert program will include works by Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, Samuel Barber, Cold Play, as well as George Gershwin's "Summertime" and Heitor Villa-Lobos' aria from "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5," with Buzard.
The choir members, directed by cellist Sylvia Liu, include Martin Laufhutte, Joshua Ferrer, Darren Liu, Alice Anderson, Emma Hall, Minwoo Choi and Rebecca Jung.
The choir members are high school through college age, and Liu's former or current students. The concert is the culmination of a week-long summer session at Liu's studio.
Buzard, an Urbana native, is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in music and working toward a certificate in vocal performance.
She has performed as a soloist in numerous concerts in the area and in Princeton, most notably in the 2013 American Handel Society's Festival.
Her operatic roles include Ernesto in Alessandro Scarlatti's "La Principessa Fedele" at the Amherst Early Music Festival, Nancy in Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring" and Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Telephone."
Last year she premiered roles in two one-act operas in Princeton's One-Act Opera Project. Next semester she will play Poppea in Claudio Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea."
Last fall she studied at the Royal College of Music in London and will continue to conservatory for graduate school. She studies with Sarah Pelletier.