Sunday December 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Sara Murphy, Soprano
Ami Hakuno Rogé, Piano
ProgrammeDebussy, Wagner, Barber, Kander, Johnson
Sara Murphy - Soprano
The New York Times has hailed Sara Murphy's voice as a “soprano [that] soared with a lovely musicality.” Recent performances include “A Survey of Opera” at the Altamura Center for the Arts with conductor Anton Coppola and a concert of staged excerpts from Die Walküre and Cavalleria Rusticana. In May 2011, she appeared on a concert of opera excerpts including Mozart's Idomeneo with Canta Lyrica. In November 2010, Sara performed an all-Schumann recital with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Dalton Baldwin as well as and a benefit recital for Canta Lyrica with conductor and pianist Joshua Greene. Sara was a 2010 Wagner Society of New York grant recipient and was also finalist in the 2010 Joy in Singing Competition. She won an Honorable Mention award in the 2010 George London Foundation Competition. She performed the Wagner Wesendonck Lieder in recital several times throughout the fall and winter of 2009-2010. In spring 2010 she joined pianists Pascal and Ami Rogé in an afternoon of music by Johannes Brahms on the Trail Mix Concert Series in the Catskills. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the Catholic University of America. Conductors, composers and critics consistently note her innate musicality. The Washington Post reported, “A highlight was Murphy’s gently optimistic aria … which made such a strong impression that it was repeated before going into the final chorale.”
Ami Hakuno Rogé - Piano
"...aliveness, mercurial temperament, and uplifting...."-New York Concert Review Ami Hakuno is a versatile performer on both the piano and the harpsichord. She has appeared in music festivals such as the Roundtop Music Festival, Conservatoire Americain de Fontainebleau, Boston Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, and Townsville Australian Festival of Chamber Music.Born to a Japanese mother and Indonesian father, Ami began studying the piano as a small child in her native city of Tokyo. She moved with her family to Houston, then to New York where she received her training from the Juilliard School and Mannes College. Her piano teachers include Shu Hao Pao, Oxana Yablonskaya, Leon Pommers, and Sophia Rosoff. She also studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas, and chamber music with Martha McGaughey.
For several years now, Ami has partnered Pascal Rogé both on stage and in life. With him, she has performed four-hand and two-piano repertoire around the world, in New York, Hong Kong, Poland, Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, and Portugal. She has made orchestral appearance with him performing Poulenc Double Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic, and Orchestra Metropolitan of Lisbon.