Classical 91.5


Lester Lynch, baritone

Feb 11, 2020

  Lester Lynch, an established dramatic baritone, is making his mark in some of the world’s leading opera houses. Known for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice, he is receiving rave reviews as he masters some of the most important baritone roles from Scarpia to Rigoletto to Count di Luna.

Conductor Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland Symphony in California, will make his San Francisco Symphony debut April 30-May 2, 2020. Morgan will bring a whole new program to the symphony.  The concert will include a performance of Florence Price's 1940 Symphony No. 3, the first local performance of Carlos Simon's 2019 work AMEN! as well as Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with mezzo-soprano Melody Wilson, and Franck's The Cursed Huntsman.

Eric Owens, bass-baritone

Jan 29, 2020

Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, Mr. Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.

Latonia Moore, soprano

Jan 29, 2020

  Praised as “richly talented” by the New York Times, American soprano Latonia Moore returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2019-2020 season to sing Serena in a new production of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess which is broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, and which the New York Times noted she “stopped the show...from almost vibrato-less, celestial high stretches to chilling, chesty low phrases, all of which she sang grippingly.” Ms.

Elizabeth Llewellyn, soprano

Jan 29, 2020
Frances Marshall

Specialising in the Italian repertoire, Elizabeth’s roles include Puccini and Verdi – Madama Butterfly, Magda La Rondine, Giorgetta Il  Tabarro, Tosca, Suor Angelica; Aida, Luisa Miller, and Amelia Simon Boccanegra for which Elizabeth was nominated for “Singer of the Year 2013” in OpernWelt. In 2014, she also made her Wagner debut as Elsa Lohengrin in Germany.

Nnenna Ogwo, piano

Jan 29, 2020

Nnenna Ogwo is known for bringing exquisite tone color and expressivity to an unusual breadth of repertoire. An American musician of Jamaican and Nigerian descent, she curates dynamic concert experiences in an effort to illuminate and broaden our understanding of what the classical canon could and should be. She continues to program concerts that feature composers and performers of the African diaspora. Her performances have taken her across the globe, delighting audiences from North and South America to Europe and the Middle East.

Malcolm Merriweather, baritone

Jan 29, 2020

Malcolm Merriweather enjoys a professional career as a baritone, conductor and educator. He began his professional musical training as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, in Buffalo, NY. He earned a BM degree in Music Education (Syracuse University), summa cum laude; MM degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance (Eastman School of Music); and D­MA degree in Conducting (Manhattan School of Music).

Derek Menchan, cello

Jan 29, 2020

Derek Menchan, currently a professor of music and the humanities at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida, is a multi-instrumentalist, record label owner, and producer and composer who just released his debut album, “The Griot Swings the Classics,” this past November. He is also the progenitor of the successful Voices of the People Chamber Music Series, which serves to highlight internationally prominent artists of color. Mr. Menchan’s “Griot” album immediately climbed high in digital R&B charts, reaching number 2 in “Hot New Releases,” on Amazon.

Terry McKinney, percussion

Jan 29, 2020

Terry McKinney joined the Baton Rouge Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 2007. He has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Houston's Greenbriar Consortium, and Gateways Music Festival. Mr. McKinney is a regular substitute with the Houston Symphony, having played under Hans Graf and current music director Andres Orozco-Estrada. A highlight of his career was performing alongside Branford Marsalis on John Williams’ Escapades. This will be his third year participating in the Gateways Music Festival. He lives in Houston.

Joseph Matthews, violin

Jan 29, 2020

Joseph Matthews began his violin studies at the age of 10, before pursuing a music major in violin performance and arts management at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He attended law school at the University of Miami School of Law and is currently the Program Associate in Knowledge, Learning and Leadership at the League of American Orchestras. Mr. Matthews is passionate about a career in arts leadership, but also plans to continue on as a performing musician and arts educator.