Susan Lamb Cook, Natsuki Fukasawa, Sheryl R. Counter, LuAnne Higgs on May 11th

Apr 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Member Concerts

Don’t miss the wonderful line-up of musicians that will perform in May’s House Concert at 7:00 p.m. – Susan Lamb Cook, Natsuki Fukasawa, Sheryl R. Counter, and LuAnne Higgs

The concert will be hosted by long-time Sacramento Saturday Club performing (soprano) member and Programming Chairwoman, Pauline Cazanis! (address in newsletter) Tel #: 916-393-7506

Susan Lamb Cook, cello; Natsuki Fukasawa, piano will play the:

Sonata in G minor, op. 65, by Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)

      Allegro moderato
      Scherzo – Allegro con brio
      Finale – Allegro

Sheryl R. Counter, soprano and LuAnne Higgs, piano will perform a Program comprised of Arias, Spirituals and Art Songs.

And, of course, delicious beverages and desserts to follow the performance, courtesy of our Hospitality Team!

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Natsuki Fukasawa

Steinway Artist Natsuki Fukasawa’s music career has taken her throughout U.S. cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, Japan and China in the role of soloist and chamber musician. As a founding member of the award-winning Jalina Trio, Natsuki has won many accolades and international prizes, including a rave review in Fanfare magazine and the Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year from the Danish Music Awards.

Natsuki’s recent highlights include a tour of Italy performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F as well as performances of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto with the Camellia Symphony. During this year, her projects include traveling to Ukraine and Italy (research and performance) and a concerto performance with Merced and Camellia Symphonies, as well as making a compact disc with violinist Igor Veligan.

Natsuki is on the artist faculty for the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps, and Calcap Chamber Music Workshop in Sacramento. She has taught at California State University Sacramento, St. Mary’s College of Moraga, University of the Pacific and has been a guest faculty at University of South Florida. She also enjoys nurturing the young talents in her own private studio. Her main teachers include Takako Fukasawa (her mother), Fumiko Ishikawa, Mark Richman, Martin Canin, Jan Panenka, Anne Koscielny, Ferenc Rados and violist Tim Frederiksen. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has earned her degrees from New York’s Juilliard, Prague Academy in Czech Republic and University of Maryland.

Natsuki records for Classico and Da Capo labels and her career is noted in the World of Women in Classical Music and Who’s Who in America.

Sheryl Renee Counter

Sheryl Renee Counter, a native of Sacramento, has performed extensively throughout the City in musical theatre, opera and comic opera productions. She has performed opera roles at California State University of Sacramento Opera Workshop Program, where she has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Music in 1987. She has performed with the Sacramento Opera Company and has been a guest soloist and understudy for many of their Opera functions and Productions. She has appeared as a guest soloist for numerous community functions in Sacramento , Stockton and the Bay Area. She has been a guest soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Symphony, Camellia Symphony, North Bay Opera Company, Stockton Opera, Davis Comic Opera Company, Sacramento Master Singers, Curvd Aire Chamber Music for Festival of Women’s Music and Arts.

She has performed at the Crocker Art Museum ‘s Guest Artist Series & Black History Celebration, Pioneer Congregational Church Summer Concert Series, 100 Black Men of Sacramento Benefit concert, and Westminster Presbyterian Concert at noon. Ms. Counter has performed stage at Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Theatre Company, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre and CSUS Opera Workshop.

Ms. Counter is currently studying voice at the Jacqueline Victorino Vocal Studio and coaching with Marcie Stapp in San Francisco . Ms Counter has taken Master Classes from Nico Castel, Opera & Diction Coach, of the Metropolitan Opera and Faculty Member at the Julliard School of Music. Ms. Counter is currently on staff at the Saint Paul Missionary Baptist church as a vocal coach/choral director/musician in Sacramento , CA . Music Affiliations are with: American Choral Directors Associations, and National Association with Negro Musicians.

Susan Lamb Cook

Currently Artist Affiliate in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis, Susan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally, and her performances and recordings have won critical acclaim. Her solo work has been featured on public radio station broadcasts, and she performs regularly with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra. She is on the artistic staff for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Saarburg Festival, Germany.

Susan has served as artist in residence at Xiamen University, China, at the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg, and at the Jinan Youth Palace, China. Her recent tour of China with pianist Gayle Blankenburg included performances and master classes in the cities of Jinan, Hangzhou and Xiamen. As a member of the Gold Coast Trio, she has performed and given master classes at San Francisco State University, Scripps College and Harvey Mudd College, and the Gold Coast Trio has been featured on Austrian National Television.

As a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Susan Lamb Cook is an active member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, the American String Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers Association of California. In addition, she is co-author of Guide to Teaching Strings by Norman Lamb. She is director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Workshop, and her students perform regularly for competitions and public concerts.

Her recordings include Works for Cello and Piano by Rachmaninoff, The Gold Coast Trio – Works by Beethoven, Beach, Bernstein and Piazolla, and La Commedia – chamber music by American composer Daniel Kingman for Innova Recordings.

LuAnn Higgs

LuAnn Higgs accompanies, sings, and vocal directs in many venues in the Sacramento area. She studied at the University of California, Davis, California State University, Sacramento, and in Vienna at die Hochschule der Musik und darstellende Kunst, and continues to study piano privately with Louise Savage of Sacramento. She has sung as a guest soloist for the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, performed many leading roles for the Davis Comic Opera Company, and also served as both vocal soloist and piano accompanist for many chamber music societies and theater organizations. LuAnn teaches voice and piano privately in her home studio in Sacramento.

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