Music and Vocal Arts

Spring 2017

The Secret Garden

February 24, 25, March 3, 4 at 7:30 pm
February 26, March 5 at 2 pm
Location: NDNU Theatre

March 11th, 6 pm
Location: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy

Music by Lucy Simon, Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Based on the classic 1911 Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This beautiful musical is based on the enchanting classic of children’s literature. Orphaned in India, young Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle and his invalid child. The estate’s wonders include a hidden garden that beckons with haunting melodies and “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life. THE SECRET GARDEN is a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal, told with a rich lyrical score.


April 8th, 7:30 pm
Location: Taube Center
Directors: Debra Lambert & Jenny Matteucci

A concert by our vocalists: showcasing their work from musicals, operas, and oratorio. Freshmen through graduate students.

Faculty Gala Recital

April 17th, 7:30 pm
Location: Taube Center

Pianists, singers… our exceptional professional faculty in performance. Music from Chopin to Arlen to original compositions.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

April 19th,  7:30 pm
Location: Taube Center

MFA Project
Two casts, two performances of Douglas Moore’s 12-minute one-act opera based on the fairy tale. A project by Michael Strelo-Smith.

Osun, Goddess of Rivers

April 20th, 7:30 pm
Location: NDNU Taube Center
MFA Project

The story of the goddess in music and dance, arranged by Khemya MitRahina, dancer/vocalist,and assisted by drum and dance ensemble.

Gloria Ting Wang

MFA Piano Recital
April 20th at 7:00 pm
Location: Cunningham Chapel

Brennah Kemmerly

Elizabeth Neff, pianist
BFA Vocal Recital
April 22nd,  2:00 pm
Location: Taube Center

Henry Mollicone: A Special Concert

April 23rd, 2:00 pm
Location: Taube Center

In honor of a “notable” birthday, we celebrate the music and career of noted composer Henry Mollicone, a member of our Musical Arts faculty. We will perform selected works from Henry’s catalog of songs, sacred choral pieces, piano solos and excerpts from operas.  Henry has written operas, collaborated on musicals, and worked with some of the greats, including Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Sills, and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SHE LOVES ME….).

The Washington Post calls Henry Mollicone “One of the most distinctive American composers”.

A birthday reception/celebration will follow the performance.
Performers: Kathy Blenko, pianist • Lauren Cabrera, soprano • Louise Costigan-Kerns, pianist • Daniel Glover, pianist •
Longyue Dai, soprano • Brennah Kemmerly, mezzo-soprano • Leroy Kromm, conductor/baritone • Nancy Kromm, soprano
• Debra Lambert, mezzo-soprano • Michael Mendelssohn, tenor • Aimée Puentes, soprano • Heather Razo, soprano • Lee
Strawn, baritone • Michael Strelo-Smith, tenor • Patricia Urbano, soprano
San Jose Symphonic Choir, Stone Church of Willow Glen Chancel Choir, conducted by Leroy Kromm

Stefania Pierucci

Elizabeth Neff, pianist
BFA Lecture Recital
April 26th,  7:30 pm
Location: Taube Center

Samantha Sandy

Louise Costigan-Kerns, pianist
BFA Vocal Recital
April 27th 7:30 p.m.
Location: Taube Center

Delaney Corbitt

Clint Cancio, pianist
BFA Musical Theatre Recital
April 29th, 7:30 pm
Location: Taube Center

Lauren Cabrera

Elizabeth Neff, pianist
BFA Vocal Recital
April 30th, 2:00 pm
Location: Cunningham Chapel


April 30th, 7:00 pm
Location: Taube Center

Prokofiev’s Romeo et Juliette arranged for pianos and played by many hands!
Director: Michael Schmitz

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