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November 2001 Concert

The Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta's November 2001 concert featured D'Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano, accompanied by Shirley Irek, Piano.


D'Anna Fortunato and Shirley Irek presented the following program:

"An Chloe" by W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)


Dans un Bois

Der Zauberer

Verlaine settings by Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)

En sardine



Clair de lune

"Voi che sapete" by W. A. Mozart

"Non so piu"

Cherubino's arias from La Nozze di Figaro

"Come ready and see me" by Richard Hundly (b. 1931)

"Two Epitaphs"

"Water Bird"

"Bella mia fiamma" K. 528 by W. A. Mozart

"Simple Gifts" (Shaker melody) by Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)

"Ching-a-ring" (minstrel tune)

"At the river" (traditional hymn)

"I bought me a cat" (children's song)


Artists' Biographies

D'Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano

Miss Fortunato was born in Pittsburgh and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music where she is now Professor of Voice. She is widely acclaimed for her richly-colored voice and superior music intelligence. During the summer she appeared with Berkshire Choral Festival as “Storge” in Handel’s Jeptha, while repeating the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Monadnock Music. Immediately following this Miss Fortunato took on another title role as Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri in a staged production with the Boston Academy of Music.

Highlights have included several tours to the West Coast and New York, with the Bach Aria Group, a woman’s music concert with pianist Virginia Eskin, a recital celebrating Goethe for the America Schubert Institute, chamber concert with the Lydian String Quartet and pianist John McDonald for the Harvard Music Association, and recitals with master classes at Smith College and the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She will also add to her recent list of honors, the Jocobo Pen Award from the New England Opera Club for her service to the Classical Vocal field.

Her recent appearances point to her range of repertoire and vocalism. She appeared as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflote with the Berkshire Opera Company and Marcelline in the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

Shirley Irek, Pianist

Miss Irek was born in Croatia, and is currently a resident of Atlanta. She was educated at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Julliard School, where she received her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in performance. She has firmly established a reputation as a leading collaborative pianist and her critically acclaimed live performances and recordings continue to place her in high demand.

Miss Irek performed in a two-piano team for over 15 years, touring Japan, Africa, France, Portugal, and the United States. As a member of the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, she performed two critically acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, she made her formal debut at the age of seven with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. While a student at the Juilliard School, she won the Mozart Concerto Prize and performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under Sixten Ehrling at Lincoln Center.


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