John Hamm Performing Arts Series: Katherine Jolly and Emily Yap Chua
Soprano Katherine Jolly and pianist Emily Yap Chua share the chapel stage on Thursday, January 25, 2018 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Katherine Jolly has brought her bright and fresh soprano voice to the operatic stage with leading roles at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Piedmont Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and others. As a concert artist, she was recently featured as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Evansville Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and Phoenix Symphony. She was also featured Brundibar with the Phoenix Symphony, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Carmina Burana with Northwest Florida Symphony, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Sacramento Choral Arts Society. In 2012, she returned as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Pianist Emily Yap Chua made her international solo debut at The Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, where she was described by local writers as “remarkably passionate, vividly enchanting, vibrant and graceful,” and praised for “tonal beauty and clarity”. As an active soloist and chamber musician, her collaborations include performances with musicians of orchestras and institutions around the world, including recitals with members of the Cincinnati, San Francisco, Detroit, Nashville, Charlotte, and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. Her CD recording of the piano works of composer Kent Holliday, a project in collaboration with pianist Nicholas Ross, was released by Centaur Records in 2009. Upcoming appearances include recitals in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and New York.