American tenor Paul Groves enjoys an impressive international career performing on the stages of all the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. An avid concert performer, he can be seen singing with the Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. Highlights of recent seasons include his first performances in the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal with Lyric Opera Chicago led by Sir Andrew Davis, appearances as Admète in Gluck’s Alceste with Madrid’s Teatro Real, Nicias in Massenet’s Thais with the Los Angeles Opera, and Pylade in Iphigénie en Aulide with Theater an der Wien. Groves returned to the Metropolitan Opera last season for Berg’s Lulu, and was seen in the East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain with Opera Philadelphia. Mr. Groves has appeared frequently in recital throughout the United States and Europe. In 1996 the tenor gave his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall with James Levine accompanying him at the piano, and he has returned twice to Lincoln Center’s prestigious “Art of the Vocal Recital” series accompanied by Malcolm Martineau. In addition to his several recordings with Maestro Levine, Paul Groves’ performances in the Salzburg Festival’s productions of Die Zauberflöte and La damnation de Faust were recorded for release on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon and Naxos Records, respectively. He recently recorded Roger Water’s new opera Ça Ira opposite Bryn Terfel for SONY Classics as well as Ravel cantatas with Michel Plasson for EMI Classics. He can be heard as Tebaldo in Teldec Classic’s recording of I Capuleti e i Montecchi, led by Donald Runnicles. He also recorded the role of Belmonte in a video and audio recording of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, filmed in Istanbul and led by Sir Charles Mackerras, for the Telarc label. Mr. Groves’ performances as Admète in Alceste at London’s Barbican Centre were recorded for CD and DVD on the Philips Classics label. In 2002 Paul Groves made his debut at the Saito Kinen Festival in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, recorded on DVD for Philips Classics. In 2003 Mr. Groves completed a solo recording of songs by Henri Duparc for Naxos Records. In 2004 Mr. Groves was invited to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in front of a live national television audience.
Bradley Moore is Head of Music Staff at the Houston Grand Opera and Music Di-rector of the HGO Studio. In the coming season he will become the company’s Associate Music Director, and will conduct the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gor-don’s The House Without a Christmas Tree and performances of La traviata. In recent seasons at HGO he has conducted the world premiere of Laura Kamin-sky’s Some Light Emerges and a revival of The Little Prince, as well as perfor-mances of L’Elisir d’amore, Tosca, and The Magic Flute, in addition to leading the initial musical workshops of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players and Jake Heg-gie’s It’s A Wonderful Life. He has conducted The Crucible at the Miami Music Festival, where he returns this summer for The Cunning Little Vixen and Dead Man Walking. He has also conducted Madama Butterfly at the Castleton Festival and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado. He has been an assistant conduc-tor at the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Los Angeles Opera. In 2014 he made his Met debut as the onstage pianist in Wozzeck.
Widely acclaimed as a recital partner, Mr. Moore has appeared with Susan Gra-ham in venues including the Casals Festival and the Gilmore Festival. In recent seasons he and Jamie Barton were heard in recital at Oper Frankfurt, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (including the world premiere of Mr. Heggie’s The Work at Hand), at the Kennedy Center, and several other venues; he also appeared with Ms. Barton and Angela Meade in recital at the US Supreme Court. He has collab-orated with Renée Fleming and Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall and on several national tours, and he enjoys partnerships with Ms. Meade, Christine Goerke, Al-ice Coote, Eric Cutler, Eric Owens, Denyce Graves, and clarinetist Julian Bliss. He has performed live on A Prairie Home Companion with Ms. Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, and with Joshua Bell on CBS Sunday Morning News and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His discography includes a recital with Mr. Cutler on the EMI Classics Debut Series, a recital with Mr. Bliss for Signum Classics, and a recital of songs by American composer Daron Hagen for Arsis Audio.
Mr. Moore has been piano soloist with orchestras including the National
Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He performed the Martinu Harpsichord Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet for the world premiere of Mark Morris’ Beaux, and has also been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the Met Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Los An-geles Philharmonic, and the Met Chamber Ensemble.
Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. His performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling…astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (Heather Kurzbauer, The Strad), and “ ….he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality. We are on the eve of a great soloist” (El Pais, Spain).
Eric has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the world, including solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Chamber Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, London Philharmonia, Danish National Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de México, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others. Conductor collaborations include Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Dimitri Kitajenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, and others. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, The Moscow International House of Music in Russia, Shanghai Grand Theatre in China, Royal Festival Hall in London, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Arts Centre in Canada, and more. Among numerous television and radio appearances in the United States, Asia, and Europe, he was featured on Radio France, STV in China, KBS in Korea, and WQXR, WFYI, FOX 59, WISH-TV, and NPR, among others.
An avid chamber musician, Eric frequently performs chamber music internationally. He also has a special collaboration with bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, and Dorothy Delay, among others. He was also mentored by Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin from 1757 on generous loan from the Sau-Wing Lam collection.
Rebecca Corruccini joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in 2008. She was named Acting Assistant Concertmaster in spring 2014, and then served as Acting Associate Principal Second for the 2015-16 season. Before assuming her Minnesota post, Corruccini performed two seasons with the Houston Symphony. Corruccini has recorded for PBS as a charter member of the All-Star Orchestra’s first violin section. This season she joined the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, serving as their Principal Second Violin.
An avid chamber musician, Corruccini founded Paragon Ensembles, a group devoted to community outreach, in her hometown of Davis, California. In Minneapolis, she spent several seasons performing as a member of the Isles Ensemble. Corruccini appears regularly on Minnesota Orchestra chamber concerts.
Corruccini has been featured at festivals across the country, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, where she has been a member since 2007. That same year, she served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival. Past festival experience also includes serving in the Grand Teton Music Festival, as faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and at the Mainly Mozart Festival.
Corruccini earned a bachelor of music degree with honors at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil. She then graduated with a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where her teacher was Kathleen Winkler. A teacher herself since the age of 12, Corruccini maintains a private studio, and she particularly enjoys teaching adult amateurs. Her non-musical passions include the environment and animals, especially Sunshine, her rescue dog.
Christopher Pell is currently the Principal Clarinetist of The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Second Clarinetist of The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Christopher has also performed as principal clarinetist with The Toronto Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City) for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, second clarinet with The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and a variety of positions with The American Ballet Theatre. He appeared as a soloist with The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in February of 2013 when he filled in at a moment’s notice to perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto. Mr. Pell has performed as soloist with The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, The U.S. Army Band at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall, and The Long Island Sound Symphony. He has also won first prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition. As a chamber musician, Christopher has performed with the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Twickenham Fest, The Orlando Chamber Soloists, the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, NOLA 360, and the Lake George Music Festival. As a teacher, Christopher is an adjunct professor of Clarinet at the University of New Orleans and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Christopher graduated from The Juilliard School in 2013 as a full-scholarship student of Jon Manasse and has twice been a fellow at The Tanglewood Music Center.
Mollie Pate has served as the principal hornist of the Louisiana Philharmonic since 1996 and has been a Faculty member of Loyola University since 2007. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance in 1993 from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX and her Master’s and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1995, 1996, where she studied with Jay Wadenpfuhl, third horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mollie’s musical career has taken her all over the country and much of Europe. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Pacific Symphony, where she joined them on their European Tour to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She has been the lead studio horn player in Nashville, and has also done some recording in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Pate frequently tours with the Burning River Brass based out of Cleveland, OH. This group is one of the premier brass ensembles in the country and has been featured on many concert series, including one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently, she is the guest Principal hornist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Mollie held the principal horn position with the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of the Arts Orchestra in Laguna Beach, CA for 11 years and resigned to open her gym, CrossFit Nola in 2010. She has participated in numerous other festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Spoleto Music Festivals in both Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy. One of her passions other than teaching and performing, is competing. In September 2009, Ms. Pate placed 12th at the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Australia. Most recently in April 2017, she placed 31st Worldwide in the Masters 45-49 category in the CrossFit Regional. Her hobbies include pottery and gardening and taking care of her cats, Remus and Rabbit.
Jesse Reeks has been organist of St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica since fall 2013, after previously serving as music director/organist at St. Francis of Assisi. In 2014, Jesse was honored as one of Gambit Weekly’s 40 under 40 and continues to distinguish himself in the New Orleans musical community. In 2009, he graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans with the distinction of Outstanding Jazz Major in Jazz Studies. He recently returned to Loyola as the Elise Cambon organ scholar and earned his Master of Music, studying with Dr. Marcus St. Julien, and was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Performance. In addition to being staff accompanist at Loyola since 2006, he has been an in-demand collaborator and recitalist, making frequent appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the John Mahoney Big Band, and Lyrica Baroque.
A founding member of the Catalyst Quartet, Karla Donehew Perez maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the US and abroad. Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players.
Born in Puerto Rico, Karla began playing the violin at age three. At age twelve, Karla and her family moved to California where she continued her studies with Anne Crowden, director and founder of The Crowden School. Karla completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying performance with the heralded violin teachers Paul Kantor, David Cerone, and William Preucil. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with artists such as Fredericka Von Stade, Garry Karr, members of the Guaneri, Juilliard and Takacs Quartets, among others. As a soloist she has performed with many ensembles including the Berkeley Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Karla also
spent two years as a fellow at the New World Symphony, where she was often concertmaster or principal second violin.
Karla is married to Paul Laraia, Violist of the Catalyst Quartet. She performs on a violin made in 2013 by renowned German luthier Stefan Peter Grenier, supported in part by a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, and a fine violin bow by Victor Fetique on generous loan from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.