Saturday, September 8th
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
15 South Avenue – Beacon
Sara Heaton – Voice | Yalin Chi – Piano | Sam Ross – Clarinet
Come join us for a well-crafted Second Saturday concert with selections from Handel, Strauss, Debussy, Schubert, Verdi, Sondheim, Bassi and Villalobos. Reception to follow.
Sara Heaton – Voice
American soprano Sara Heaton, praised for her “gleaming lyricism” by Opera News Online and her “sweet, pure soprano” by the Chicago Tribune, enjoys a rich career on the opera and concert stage. She has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Boston, Boston Baroque, Odyssey Opera, American Opera Projects, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera in the Heights, the Xalapa Orchestra, The Greater Bridgeport Symphony, The Santa Fe Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, North Country Chamber Players, and Walden Chamber Players, among others. Sara is currently a member of The Metropolitan Opera Chorus.Sara made her Metropolitan Opera solo debut in the lauded 2018 production of Cendrillon as a Spirit and Servant.
Yalin Chi – Piano
Originally from Beijing, China, Yalin Chi made her début with the Central Opera Orchestra before moving to the United States to study at Interlochen Arts Academy. Yalin has performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea, and ZhongShan Music Hall in Beijing China. As an orchestral musician, Yalin regularly performs with Albany Symphony, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and has held the principal keyboard position at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic since 2014. Yalin studied with Seymour Lipkin and Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School where she earned both undergraduate and Mastersof Musicdegrees, and continued studies with Peter Frankl at Yale School of Music before joining the West Point Band in 2008.
Sam Ross – Clarinet
Clarinetist Sam Ross is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the greater New York Area. Sam joined the West Point Band in September of 2012 as their E-flat clarinetist. He performs with the Academy Wind Quintet which is also part of the band. Originally from Russellville, Arkansas, Sam earned his Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Arkansas, where he studied with Nophachai Cholthitchanta, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas, where he studied with John Scott and Daryl Coad. While at North Texas, Sam performed with and recorded multiple CDs with the North Texas Wind Symphony. Following his master’s program, he began studies with Greg Raden, principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Sam won third prize in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition in Northridge, California.