Love, Romance & Passion 2
Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Concert 3
Ticket Information: http://sopianos.eventbrite.com
- Salon Concert (Limited seating)
Sunday November 11, 2012 3:00 PM
- @ Otsuka’s residence
21972 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
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John Minagro, Baritone
Versatile John Minagro is frequently seen in many genre of vocal music including Opera, Oratorio, Concert and Musical Theater.
Theater credits include the roles of Bill in Applause, Abner in Li’l Abner, the Ghost in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Guido in Nine, and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Both the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and the Sacramento Regional Theater Alliance nominated John for Best Actor in a Musical.
A NATS First Place division winner, he has performed the title roles in Gianni Schicchi, Aleko, Ruslan and Ludmila, Noyes Fludde, and the Mephistopheles in Faust, Scarpia in Tosca, Amonasro in Aïda, Alfio in Cavelleria Rusticana, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, and two of the Kings in Amahl and the Night Visitors (along with his son Jeremy as Amahl)
with various companies.
John has performed chorus or solo work in locations from Lincoln Center in New York, to the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle, and locally at the Concord/Chronicle Pavilion. He was a featured soloist on a 1993 PBS children’s special performing his own composition called The Piano. He played the laced and coifed figure Don Attilio in the San Francisco tour of The Phantom of the Opera, which played for 5 years at the Curran Theater from December 1993 to 1998. He has also been the guest soloist with the San Francisco Symphony at their Summer Broadway Pops Concert, and can be heard singing “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch!” on the Christmas CD Christmas Center Stage, an album featuring the San Francisco cast of The Phantom of the Opera. He can also be heard on the world premiere album of the new opera Corpus Evita singing the role of Juan Peron. This CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for Best New Classical Recording. For the past few years he has traveled to Osaka, Japan performing at the Ritz Carleton Hotel.
In the fall of 2004 he covered several roles with San Francisco Opera, including that of Astrodamors in Ligeti’s U.S. premier of Le Grand Macabre. Just recently he had the privilege of working with Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton in the world premiere
production of Appomattox, originating the role of Confederate General Howell Cobb.
Quan Gu, Pianist
Master Pianist Quan Gu was invited by Peter Frank and Pierre Reach to perform at thePyreness Festival in France in 2005. He was among the top five candidates and also selected as the best performer of Liszt repertoire at the Barcelona International Piano Competition in May 2006. From June to August 2006, he toured all over China: Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, Hang Zhou, Xia Men, Wen Zhou, and Jinan. In Shanghai, he was invited to attend International Piano Festival where world renowned pianists such as Fou- Tsong,Cyprien Katsaris, Barry Douglas, BadulaSkoda, Dmitry Bashkirov, AlexanderBrakinsky, Lydia Artymiw, Boris Berman, Jerome Lowenthal, Anton Kuerti, Russell Sherman, and Hung-Kuan Chen instructed.
Mr. Gu was born in Shanghai, China. At the early age of seven, he was recognized for his gift in music when he won the first prize at the Shanghai Children’s Piano Competition. In 2008, he enrolled at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) with full scholarship. He went on to obtain his Masters of Music degree in 2010 and Artist diploma in 2011 both from SFCM. He is currently Assistant to Chairman of Piano Department as well as teaching at SFCM since 2011. He is scheduled to chair the Santa Clara Branch of Music Teachers’ Association of California in 2013.