Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present
Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano
Karen Rosenak, piano
with songs and arias by Bach, Bernstein and Barber
Mary Ellen Callahan is pleased to be back to sing at the piano store in a program of beautiful songs and arias with pianist Karen Rosenak. There will be wonderful music by Bach, Bernstein, and Barber.
$20 General Admission
$10 Senior/Student Admission
$40 Angels for Artists
Tickets also available at the door
Bay Area native Mary Ellen Callahan appears as soloist across the nation in a variety of repertoires. Recent performances include Bach’s St. John Passion at Lincoln Center, Mahler's Eighth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall, Carmina Burana in the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Bach B Minor Mass and Mozart Mass in C Minor at the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Callahan is delighted as always to be returning to sing at the Piedmont Piano Company. She has also had repeat concert and recording engagements with American Bach Soloists, the Washington Bach Consort, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in performances including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, and B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor. She has worked with New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and with Musica Sacra, with the Utah, Harrisburg, San Antonio, Austin, Hartford and Kansas City Symphonies, the Alabama, Memphis and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Carmel Bach Festival, singing Poulenc, Fauré, Mahler, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Bach, and many other composers.
An avid recitalist, Ms. Callahan collaborates frequently with artists in New York and on the West Coast in music ranging from the early Baroque to works by living composers. Her solo recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall was sung to a sold-out house. After living and working in New York City for 26 years, she has now returned to her beloved Bay Area. Returning to New York regularly, she continues to perform and teach both here and on the East Coast.
Her recordings include Gluck’s operas Il Parnaso Confuso and La Corona, Bach’s Missa Brevis in F Major, the JS and CPE Bach Magnificats, and Handel's opera Faramondo, as well as My Heart Is Ready, Russian contemporary choral music, Distant Playing Fields, music by Amy Beach, and A European Christmas. maryellencallahan.com
Pianist Karen Rosenak recently retired from full-time teaching at UC Berkeley where she taught musicianship from 1990 until 2014. She also maintained a career as pianist and founding member with Bay Area new music ensembles, Earplay and Empyrean, and performed for a number of years with other new (and “old”) music groups, including San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. She currently serves part time as coordinator of piano instruction at UC Berkeley, and continues to enjoy performing throughout the area with wonderful Bay Area musicians.