Concert: Christian Ketter, Piano and Voice, Cara Schlecker, Violin
Howard & Marillyn Weiss Concert Series
About Christian Ketter: Tenor Christian Ketter, made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014, featured in the Washington Post, as part of “The Song Continues” with American Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne. The 2013 winner of the Friedrich Schorr American Prize in Voice, Mr. Ketter has appeared as the tenor soloist with the Chicago Bar Symphony Orchestra & Chorus- in Bruckner’s Te Deum, making his Symphony Center debut with the orchestra again in 2015 at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. In early 2017, he performed under conductor and Chicago Symphony Principal-Trombonist Jay Friedman with the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest as Tristan in their performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde Act II, as well as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Friedman performing it again with the Kishwaukee Symphony in May of 2017. In 2018, Mr. Ketter returned to Oak Park for the 9th Symphony, and portrayed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at the Creston Opera House. In 2019, he sang Dvořák’s Svatební Košile in California with the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra.
About Cara Schlecker: Ms. Schlecker has enjoyed playing respectively with The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Glendale and Macon Pops orchestras, Chicago Holiday Pops, as well as the Ann Arbor Symphony. She has played under the baton of conductors such as Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Michael Stern, Ken-David Masur, Nicholas Kraemer, among others. In addition to an undergraduate degree from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, she completed both a Master’s Degree and a Specialist’s Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor under the direction of St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster, and Professor of Violin, David Halen. Coming in January 2018, Ms. Schlecker’s video recording of Igor Frolov’s Concert Fantasia- On Themes from Gershwin’s Opera Porgy and Bess, op.19, will be released from The University of Michigan’s Duderstadt Center and Gershwin Initiative.