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Shenson Recital Series: Naomi Louisa O'Connell, mezzo-soprano, and Miles Graber, piano (Program change!)

The 2016-17 Shenson Recital season opener program has been changed to accommodate artist schedule changes!
Program: Witches, Bitches & Women in Britches —  Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Hollaender, and more
Naomi Louisa O'Connell, mezzo-soprano, has performed at Marlboro Music; Steans Musical Institute, Ravinia; Rockport Chamber Music Festival; MUSE/IQUE, Los Angeles; New York’s Five Boroughs Music Festival; Fabbri Chamber Concerts; The Song Continues; Ensemble for the Romantic Century; Juilliard ChamberFest; FOCUS!; and New York Festival of Song. 

Her awards include the Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera, First Prize at Concert Artists Guild and Caruso/Altamura International Voice Competitions, the Novick Career Advancement Grant, Makiko Narumi Award for Outstanding Mezzo-soprano from Juilliard, and First Prize in Operetta at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.
Born to Irish/German parents in County Clare, Ireland, Ms. O’Connell began her studies with Archie Simpson and is an alumna of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she studied with voice teacher Mary Brennan. She holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School where she studied with Dr. Robert White, Marlena Malas and acting teacher Stephen Wadsworth. Ms. O’Connell is currently based in New York City, where she lives with her husband.
Miles Graber, piano, received his musical training at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend. He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, and has been an accompanist and collaborative pianist for singers Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Frederica von Stade, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin, violinists Robin Hansen, Christina Mok, Natasha Makhijani, Stuart Canin, Roy Malan, and Mariya Borozina; cellists Michael Graham, Robert Howard, Thalia Moore, and Stephen Harrison; clarinetist Tom Rose; and flutists Gary Woodward, Amy Likar, Sasha Launer, and Ai Goldsmith.
Mr. Graber has performed with members of San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and UC Berkeley Orchestra, and with faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the chamber groups MusicAEterna, Graham-Graber-Rose Trio, Alcyone Ensemble, the Sor Ensemble, Mira Trio, and Sounds New. He is a staff accompanist at the San Domenico Conservatory in San Anselmo, CA; the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Northern California Flute Camp, Carmel Valley, as well as accompanying at the Mondavi Center for the Arts Young Artist Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Summer Brass Institute.
The A. Jess Shenson Recital Series has brought extraordinary singers, pianists, and other collaborative partners to Stanford since its first season in 2005. This series offers Bay Area audiences the opportunity to experience live vocal performances in the intimate setting of the recital hall, conveniently located in the heart of Stanford campus. In addition to their recital appearances, the vocalists give masterclasses and question-and-answer sessions for Stanford students, enabling personal student and artist interaction. 
Post-concert reception: An opportunity to meet the artists, included with admission.
The Shenson Recital Series is generously funded by the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds at Stanford University.



Sunday, October 30, 2016. 02:30 PM


Campbell Recital Hall


Department of Music


GENERAL $15 | SENIORS $10 | STUDENTS FREE WITH ID: Free admission for all students with a valid student ID, and youths under 13; must be present beginning one hour prior to curtain at the venue. (Limited availability.)