Sunset Music and Arts concert: Kevin Navarro

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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Date: Saturday January 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets: $25/$20

Program: 

Kirke Mechem: Sonata for Piano, Op. 5 & 26
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin
Sergei Prokofiev: Selections from “Romeo & Juliet,” Op. 75

Kevin Navarro, classical pianist and vocal accompanist is a native of Seattle, Washington and has resided in San Francisco for the past nine years. Kevin earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from Pacific Lutheran University School of Music, where he studied under Dr. Calvin Knapp of the Juilliard School, Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities and Mira Frohnmayer, Chair of Vocal Studies at PLU School of Music. During his tenure at PLU, Kevin served as the choral accompanist for both University Chorale, and internationally renowned Choir of the West. Kevin was very active in musical theatre and opera productions in the Seattle/Tacoma region, and has served as a principle/stage accompanist for PLU Opera Workshop, Tacoma Opera, Seattle Opera and the Tacoma Musical Playhouse including productions such as Madame Butterfly, Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute, and West Side Story. In addition to maintaining an active solo performance schedule, Kevin serves as accompanist on Piano & Organ at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco, CA.

In December 2020, Kevin qualified for the semi-finals of the “Music International Grand Prix” adult piano competition. At his San Francisco audition, Kevin placed 2nd among all candidates in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Asia regions.

Meet the Composer: Kirke Mechem

Kirke Mechem is a prolific composer with a catalogue of over 250 titles. Born and raised in Kansas and educated at Stanford and Harvard Universities, he conducted and taught at Stanford, and served as composer-in-residence for several years at the University of San Francisco. He lived three years in Vienna where he came to the attention of Josef Krips, who later championed the composer’s symphonies as conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. Mechem was guest of honor at the 1990 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and was invited back for an all-Mechem symphonic concert by the USSR Radio-Television Orchestra in 1991.

He has been honored and recognized for his contributions from the United Nations; the National Endowment for the Arts; the American Choral Directors Association; the Music Educators National Conference, and was presented with a lifetime achievement award from the National Opera Association. In 2012 the University of Kansas awarded him its first honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.

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