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Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3:00 PM

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Welcome to our 2018/2019 Season!

Join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, for the premiere of award-winning composer Sarah Mattox’s poignant “Heart Mountain Choral Suite," based on the journals of Yakima native Kara Kondo, a Japanese American woman who was incarcerated during World War II at the Heart Mountain War Relocation Center near Cody, Wyoming. The role of Kara will be sung by Metropolitan Opera Guild mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka, whose grandparents were also interned at Heart Mountain. A curated multimedia exhibit about the Japanese internment, Heart Mountain, and Kara Kondo will be available for viewing after the concert.   

Our program also features soprano Lindsey Nakatani, a graduate of Bellingham’s Squalicum High School and The Juilliard School, in Felix Mendelssohn’s moving “Hear My Prayer/O for the Wings of a Dove”and organist Wade Dingman (bio can be found here) performing Louis Vierne’s evocative “Messe Solennelle” (Solemn Mass) for chorus and organ. 


Biography for Sarah Mattox
Sarah Mattox’s chamber opera, HEART MOUNTAIN, was workshopped in performances with Vespertine Opera Theater in July of 2015 under the baton of GRAMMY Award winning conductor Stephen Stubbs. Mattox is a 2014 John Duffy Composers Institute Fellow, and won the 2013 Boston Metro Opera International Composers' Competition ‘OPERA PUPPETS Mainstage Award’ for her piece, "Rumpelstiltskin and the Falcon King." Called "entertaining, exuberant," and "just incredible," her compositions have been praised for their "natural sense of phrasing and flow," and "the just plain beauty of the music." Her song cycle, "In the Garden," has been performed across the country by leading singers, including Metropolitan Opera artist Michaela Martens. Often injected with a strong dose of humor, her music revels in the legacy of the American sonic landscape, drawing inspiration from folk music, jazz, and musical theater.
Award-winning BMI composer Bern Herbolsheimer said of her music,
“More {incredible}, however, is the just plain beauty of the music.  It is haunting and keeps with one for a long, long time.  The words are nearly Dickinsonian in their power and depth and economy.”  
Mattox’s compositions have been programmed by the Sunriver Music Festival, the Oyster Bay Distinguished Artists Concert Series, the Maud Powell Music Festival, Inverse Opera, Transylvania University, the First Sundays Concert Series on Bainbridge Island, the Governor’s Chamber Music Series, the Yakima Symphony and Yakima Valley Museum, Asbury University, the Triple Door in Seattle, and the Panache Jazz Series on Vashon Island. Her work has also been featured on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live with Sean MacLean, as well as the Women in Music radio series in Toronto, Canada.
As a singer, this mezzo-soprano has performed principal roles with many opera companies, including Seattle Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Eugene Opera, Tacoma Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and many others. As a concert soloist, she has sung with many regional organizations, including Seattle Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Thalia Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Chamber Chorus, Seattle Choral Company, and four solo appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York.


Biography for Kimberly Sogioka

Praised by Opera (UK) as “...the most opulent female sound on the stage…,” young Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka is drawing much attention as an exciting artist on opera and concert stages. This season, Ms. Sogioka sings Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Orlando, is a mezzo soloist in a fundraising concert for St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church, and joins Whatcom Chorale in the premiere of  “Heart Mountain Suite” singing the role of Kara Kondo

Recent performances for Ms. Sogioka include singing in Symphony Silicon Valley’s Misa Tango concert, which explored the style of the Argentine tango; reprising the role of Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Tampa Opera; and singing the role of Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids. Other recent engagements include Carmen in scenes from Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, workshops of Bruce Wolosoff’s The Great Good Thing and Sarah Mattox’s chamber opera, Heart Mountain, as well as productions with Michigan Opera Theater as Siébel in Faust and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, which she also performed with Northern Lights Music Festival. In addition, Ms. Sogioka performed the role of Stephano in Roméo et Juliette in a new co-production with Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Opera Grand Rapids.

A frequent collaborator with composers on new music projects, Ms. Sogioka created the role of Nurse 3 in The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera workshop of Michael Torke’s Senna, was a mezzo soloist in The Metropolitan Opera workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick, collaborated with Clint Borzoni in his operas Margot Alone in the Light and Antinous and Hadrian, and with Stephen Andrew Taylor in scenes from his opera Paradises Lost with the performance company Operamission. Ms. Sogioka’s other recent performances include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with the Crested Butte Music Festival as a member of the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program, Susanna in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Nerone in Agrippina with Operamission, and Dulcinée in Massenet’s rarely performed Don Quichotte with Utopia Opera.


Biography for Lindsey Nakatani

Bellingham native Lindsey Nakatani began singing in her local community at an early age, discovering a deep love of music and a passion for singing which have led her to many great opportunities. 

In 2009, she was accepted into The Juilliard School in New York City, where she began honing her craft with roles such as Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera and Rosaura in Le Donne Curiose. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2013, Ms. Nakatani was accepted into the prestigious Mannes School of Music at the New School in New York City, and received her Master’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2015. 

Ms. Nakatani has had the honor of attending the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, where she sang Sister Alice in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, as well as the Franz Schubert Institute, Opera on the Avalon (Canada), and OperaWorks. She found great success in the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo with the Princeton Opera Alliance, and recently covered Marzelline in the Princeton Music Festival’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.  

Most recently seen performing the role of Lady Ella in the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s 2018 production of Patience, Ms. Nakatani returned to the Seattle G&S Society this February to perform the role of The Plaintiff in Trial By Jury. She currently studies with soprano Janeanne Houston, one of the busiest artists in the Northwest region, and looks forward to her opera career blossoming. 


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