Each spring for nearly 40 years, Krannert Center and the School of Music have together chosen an outstanding student through audition who is then presented in recital at Krannert Center with a full professional contract. This year's winner, Saori Kataoka, a native of Tokushima, Japan, started her musical journey at an early age. Her love of music took her to perform internationally at such venues as Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany), Usher Hall (Edinburgh, Scotland), The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music (Luslawice, Poland), Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Kiev, Ukraine), and California Theatre (San Jose). Kataoka is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program with a graduate minor in dance. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts with Certificate in Jazz Music from Campbellsville University (Kentucky). This performance presents an opportunity to experience the emerging artistry of a rising young musician and see history in the making.
Ewazen: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
de Abreu: Tico tico
Shchedrin: Spanish Dance in the Style of Albeniz
Gershwin (arr. Turrin): Someone to Watch Over Me
Clarke: The Maid of the Mist
This performance will last approximately one hour and 25 minutes including a 20-minute intermission.
Each Krannert Center Debut Artist is featured on the Sunday Salon Series, a performance setting specifically devoted to the presentation of emerging young artists in which an intimate atmosphere is created by seating audience members onstage with the performers. This powerful, early-career boost beautifully symbolizes Krannert Center’s mission.
Salon-style performances offer a close connection between artists and guests, as audience members sit in six rows of seats on stage with the performer. Light refreshments are served before and after the performance. Balcony tickets (without refreshments) are also available.