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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 1,2013 Page 9 It seems the city is a bit on the quite side for events so the theme this week seems to be something you can always rely on in Bos- ton ... music! Yet, there is a little old-fashioned winter treat that I have included to complement all these qual- ity shows set for sound. Boston's Celebrity Series moves into February ... Rene Fleming, soprano and Susan Graham, mezzo- soprano, will take the stage on Sunday, February 3 rd at 2:00 pm at Symphony Hall in performances that will complement one another. The American mezzo-so- prano, Susan Graham, was born in New Mexico and raised in Texas. She is a graduate of Texas Tech Uni- versity and the Manhattan School of Music. She studied the piano for 13 years. She was a winner in the Mtro- politan Opera's National Council Auditions and aiso a recipient of the Schwa- bacher Award from the Merola Program of San Fran- cisco Or., :as well as a  frh e Richard TUcker:F0undal:f0n. A favorite artist at the Salzburg Festival; suan Graham has appeared there in productions of Le no di Figaro, La clemenza di.Tito, Luck> Silla, and FalstaJ=and L'Orfeo. In 2000 she sang the title role in a new pro- duction of Gluck's Iphignie en Tauride. In the late 1990's, she made a series of ac- claimed European debuts, including the Vienna State Opera as Octavian, La Scala as Marguerite in La damna- tion de Faust conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Glynde- bourne and the Paris Opera as Dorabella in Cosifan tutte, the latter marking the re- opening of the Palais Gamier for operatic performances. She made her professional recital debut in San Fran- cisco's prestigious Schwa- bacher Debut series. Rende Fleming was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania and grew up in Rochester, Grammy Award winning soprano Ren6e Fleming joins the Boston Celebrity Series this February. (Photo by Andrew Eccles/ Decca) New York. Since her parents were voice teachers, her musical training came natu- rally; "My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table; I had a tremen- Sixpence None the Richer, February 4 th. Scholarship to Germany. Soprano Ren6e Fleming has a devoted international following wherever she ap- pears, whether on the oper- atic stage, in concert or recital, on television, radio or on disc. 1999 brought a dous music education." How- Grammy Award for her ever, Fleming did not auto- Decca re, cording, The Beau- matical'h6h U hofi= would make he r career in performing. For a time, she considered " a career in music education and, while studying at the State Uni- versity of New York, she took up singing with a jazz trio in an off-campus bar. As well as broadening her experience in performance and commu- nication, the jazz perfor- mances brought Fleming to the attention of legendary jazz saxophonist, Illinois Jacquet, who was so moved by her singing that he invited her on tour with his big band. Instead, Rende Fleming went on to graduate studies at both the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School. Her early awards included winning the 1988 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Richard Tucker Award, the George London Prize, the Grand Prix at the Interna- tional Singing Competition in Belgium and a Fulbright ors from Musical America (1997 Vocalist of the Year) and L'Academie du Disque Lyrique (1996, inaugural Solti Prize). Her recent re- leases illustrate perfectly just how varied are the roles and music that she likes to perform. Each season from October to May, the Celebrity Series presents more than 50 multi- cultural and international artists and performing en- sembles to audiences in the greater Boston area. By uti- lizing a number of different performance venues through- out the Boston area, each year the Celebrity Series presents programs of classi- cal music, modem and clas- sical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances. You can catch these high pitch angels on February 3 rd at Symphony Hall located 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Bos- ton. For more information on the show or tickets you may call the box office at 617-266-1492. Sue Auclair, Promotions Presents ... Yuto Kanazawa & Earthwards featuring Mario Castro, Felix Peikli, Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere and Roberto Giaquinto on Wednesday, February 13  at 8:00 pm at the Scullers Jazz Club. Tokyo-born, Fukushima- raise, 26-year-old jazz gui- tarist and composer Yuto Designed in 1815 in Albany, New York, these sleighs have a distinctive round "swell" or "swan" body shape. (Photo, Courtesy of Old , Sturbidge. ,Village) DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. , ,Jim (617) 263-7"!,66 . a Nashville-based band, hits the stage in Boston on Kanazawa is a Berklee Col- lege of Music and Koyo Con- servatory graduate who has been studying all kinds of music- pop, rock, classical, jazz and folk -- since he was three years old. Yuto got the "jazz bug" while at Koyo Con- servatory and subsequently moved to Boston to attend Berklee where he studied with Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Greg Hopkins and Phil Wilson. He has since toured Japan and performed at the Hama-matsu Jazz Festival as well as at the Blue Note Osaka. His hip band also appears in shows and clubs in greater Boston. Kanazawa's new CO, Earth- wards will be released Feb- ruary 13 th at Scullers with Interrobang Records. It fea- tures powerful contemporary jazz with one track, The Ocean written immediately in the aftermath of the Fukushima Tsunami disaster in 2010. The piece musically de- scribes his reaction to the devastation in his home city. At Scullers, Earthwards will include saxophonist Mario Castro from Puerto Rico, clarinetist Felix Peikli from Os!o, Norway, bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere from ConnecticUt and drum- mer Roberto Giaquinto from Italy. Scullers Jazz Club wel- comes Yuto Kanazawa and Earthwards on Wednesday, February 13% Tickets are on sale at www.scullersjazz.com or by calling 617-562-4111. Scullers Jazz Club is located in the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Allston. The Red Room @ Cafe 939 Announces February Shows ... Friday, February I st at 8:00 pm, The Kopecky Fam- ily Band/The Eastern Sea start the month off. Follow- ing is; Becca Stevens on Saturday, February 2 nd at 8:00 pm and well-known Six- pence None the Richer per- form Monday, February 4  at 8:00 pm. After co-headlining a tour with the Lumineers in April, the Kopecky Family Band put the finishing touches on their album. The result is Kids Raising Kids, a culmi- nation of five years of hard work shared amongst friends, family and fans. From Austin, Texas, the Eastern Sea began working on their first official LP, Plague, in 2010. This project represents the band's most cohesive collection of songs to date. Musically, it com- bines the hypnotic rhythm of post-rock, the playful melo- dies of traditional American folk and the dynamics of con- temporary progressive indie- rock, a distinct evolution of the sound that appeared on the Eastern Sea's self-titled release. Hailed by The New York mes as a "bet-kept secret  with an "impressively ab- sorbing" debut album, Becca Stevens has established her- self as a singer/composer of enormous talent. Her songs expand and blur the bound- aries of folk, jazz and pop (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWWJUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHYCOM I 1" " "1 I '1" ' '1  IJl''l  '" I  " 'if ' " ' ' "'