Performance Friday, October 25, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Jennifer Johnson Cano
Christopher Cano

Weill Recital Hall
Winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Jennifer Johnson Cano is recognized for her naturally lustrous sound, as well as a fresh and appealing presence on symphonic, operatic, and recital stages. Don’t miss “a rare opportunity to hear a fine talent with a promising future right at her doorstep” (The Washington Post), when she performs an intimate recital of mixed repertoire in Weill Recital Hall.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Jennifer Johnson Cano, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Christopher Cano, Piano


  • KORNGOLD "Sterbelied"
  • KORNGOLD "Mond, so gehst du wieder auf"
  • KORNGOLD "Das eilende Bächlein"
  • KORNGOLD "Alt-Spanisch"
  • POULENC Banalités
    ·· Chanson d'Orkenise
    ·· Hôtel
    ·· Fagnes de Wallonie
    ·· Voyage à Paris
    ·· Sanglots
  • SCHUBERT "Der Tod und das Mädchen" ("Death and the Maiden"), D. 531
  • SCHUBERT "Der Zwerg"
  • SCHUBERT "Erlkönig"
  • GURNEY "Sleep" from Five Elizabethan Songs
  • BRITTEN Corpus Christi Carol
  • HOWELLS "King David"
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "Silent Noon"
  • GLINKA "The Lark" (arr. Mily Balakirev)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY "Again, as before, alone"
  • SVIRIDOV "The Virgin in the City"
  • RACHMANINOFF "Spring Waters"

  • Encores:
  • LISZT "Der du von dem Himmel bist"
  • JOHN JACOB NILES "Go 'Way From My Window"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours and 30 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Jennifer Johnson Cano

    A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant awardee, 2012 Opera Index Vocal Competition Winner, and 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant recipient, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-2010. As first-prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University prizes and has given recital debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

    Following performances at the Metropolitan Opera as Mercedes, Emilia, Wellgunde, and Waltraute last season, Ms. Cano debuts in 2013-2014 as Meg Page in Falstaff and Bersi in Andrea Chénier. Other operatic debuts include the Fox in Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen with The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst in May, and Marguerite in Berlioz's La damnation de Faust in collaboration with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Desert Song Festival in February. Concert engagements include her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Ms. Cano performs in recital in Philadelphia for the Chamber Music Society and gives recitals and master classes at Rice University, University of Arizona, Webster University, and in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  She performs the role of Diana in Cincinnati Opera's La Calisto in July, and an exciting debut with the Boston Lyric Opera is slated for April 2015.

    In addition to her continued relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with such esteemed orchestras as the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, including performances of Respighi's Il tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture that were recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with tenor Paul Groves was released by Orchestra of St. Luke's in September 2012, as was a series of DVDs devoted to Robert Lepage's Ring cycle for the Metropolitan Opera, in which Ms. Cano portrayed the Rhinemaiden Wellgunde.

    Ms. Cano has been part of the Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute and received a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award. At the request of Mrs. Carol Armstrong, Jennifer Johnson Cano was particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill "September Song" at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

    Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and earned her bachelor's degree from Webster University and her master's degree from Rice University.

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  • Christopher Cano

    A seasoned recitalist and orchestral soloist, pianist Christopher Cano has performed across the US as well as in Europe, Mexico, Israel, and the Far East.

    Mr. Cano has won numerous awards, including the Green Valley Scholarship Competition, Emilio Osta Scholarship Competition, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and he is a recipient of the Theodore Presser Scholarship. He is also a two-time winner of the University of Arizona President's Concert Concerto Competition.

    As a collaborative artist, Mr. Cano has played in master classes for the late Fedora Barbieri, the late Anna Moffo, and Marilyn Horne. As a studio pianist, Mr. Cano has had the distinct privilege of working with some of the great artists and teachers of singing, including Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti, Marni Nixon, Patricia McCaffrey, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Rita Shane, and Diana Soviero. 

    Mr. Cano has performed as a guest soloist and chamber musician at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, the Alamos Mexico! festival, and has participated and performed with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Blacksburg, Virginia. Mr. Cano has been a member of the music staff at the Lyrique-en-mer festival in France, Toledo Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Mr. Cano has served on the faculties of the Intermezzo Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Institute, and V.O.I.C.Experience, a summer program for promising young singers in New York City, Orlando, and Savannah under the direction of renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes.

    Mr. and Ms. Cano reside in New York City. He serves on the vocal coaching faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of renowned pianist Warren Jones.

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Mahler's "Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht"
Jennifer Johnson Cano, Mezzo-Soprano | Christopher Cano, Piano

At a Glance

Erich Korngold was a child prodigy as a composer: Gustav Mahler pronounced him a genius, and the great Artur Schnabel played his Piano Sonata in E Major all over Europe. Justly famous as a film composer, he wrote only a few songs—but they are choice. We hear two of his four Songs of Farewell, Op. 14; one song from his cycle The Eternal, Op. 27; and one song from a film score. Bereft lovers dominate the group.

Among the 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc's most-beloved song cycles is Banalités to poems by the great Surrealist poet Guillaume Apollinaire. These five songs—far from banal—represent Poulenc's most characteristic moods, from sensuous languor to giddy Parisian frothiness to a final grave meditation.

Three of Franz Schubert's most dramatic songs follow: a tiny but powerful dialogue between Death and a maiden; a "horror-ballad" of murderous passion between a queen and a dwarf; and another eerie ballad of a father's wild ride by night with a dying child, seized at song's end by the supernatural Erlking.

In four 20th-century British songs, spanning from 1903 to 1933, we hear a selection by the tragic poet and composer Ivor Gurney; a collaboration between Herbert Howells and his friend Walter de la Mare; Benjamin Britten's setting of a 15th-century English carol; and Ralph Vaughan Williams's evocative music to a Pre-Raphaelite sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

We conclude with another group of four songs by four different composers, Russian this time. From Glinka's lark to Tchaikovsky's swan-song, from the tolling bells of Georgy Sviridov's Petersburg to spring waters' shattering of winter's ice in Rachmaninoff: This is a mini-portrait of a nation in song.
Program Notes
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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