Concert Series: Mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover with Pianist Jonathan Korth and Dancer Jonathan Clarke Sypert
Friday, March 12 7:00pm
Praised for her outstanding artistry, “vocal beauty of high technical caliber,” and “gifted storytell[ing],” mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover has appeared on stages throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and China.
Her engagements include concerts with renowned soprano Sumi Jo and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra; Fauré Requiem (Morris Choral Society, New Jersey); Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (GPO, HSO, and Bellingham Festival of Music); Verdi Requiem (Tuscia Opera Festival, Italy); Mozart Requiem (Orquesta Sinfónico de Trujillo, Perú; Honolulu and Kona); Handel Messiah (Maui Chamber Orchestra); Falla El sombrero de tres picos (HSO); The Magic Flute (Second Lady) and Il Trovatore (Inez) with Hawai‘i Opera Theatre; Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) with Opera Ft. Collins; Carmen (Mercédès) at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center (NJ); and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Chamber Music Hawai‘i) in a production staged by Henry Akina.
In 2018, she was the featured artist for the Art Song Preservation Society of New York’s summer festival at the Manhattan School of Music in a program of all Latin American art songs with her musical partner of more than twenty years, pianist José Meléndez.
Other international appearances include Festival Mozart y Beethoven, Festival Internacional Bach, and Festimúsica Internacional (Peru); Songs Across the Americas Festival (Bolivia); Bellingham Festival of Music; Bloomington Early Music Festival; Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica; Auditorio Fabio Lozano (Bogotá, Colombia); and Teatro Municipal (Trujillo, Peru).
She holds a Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Education from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Italian Language and Literature from Binghamton University. She has studied with Mary Burgess, Laura Brooks Rice, Patricia Havranek, Virginia Zeani, and she currently studies with Andrea DelGiudice. In August 2007, she joined the distinguished faculty of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she serves as Professor of Music with a world-class faculty.
Pianist Jonathan Korth enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer and professor, working with young musicians at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since 2008. He has perfromed across Asia, the United States, and Europe. Locally, you may have heard him presented by the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Hawaiʻi Concert Society, Chamber Music Hawaiʻi, faculty concerts at UH Mānoa, and with the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Korth’s enthusiasm for chamber music has led to recent collaborations with violinists Martin Beaver and Robert McDuffie, cellists Zuill Bailey and Sung-Won Yang, as well as many members of the HSO and UH Music Department faculty.
His art song collaborations with Dr. Hoover over the last decade have been particularly enjoyable and in addition to their many performances together, they co-teach a performance class focusing on this repertoire. When not playing the piano, he enjoys hiking and fine dining, well-paired activities.
For the second half of the evening’s program, Jonathan Clarke Sypert will be joining the performance.
Jonathan Clarke Sypert, “a smiling, encouraging dance teacher who makes even the most reticent students feel like they can fly” (Lee Cataluna, Honolulu Star-Advertiser), is a performing artist and educator from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. An accomplished actor, dancer, singer, slam-poet, teacher, choreographer, and hip-hop artist known as iNTREPiD, Jonathan is proud to be a teaching artist for Honolulu Theatre for Youth, where he helps usher the next generation into a world of creativity and artistic exploration.
Jonathan has served as choreographer for and has been in productions with the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Chaminade Theater, HI Frequency Dance Squad, Vocal and Dance Expressions, and tours of Why?, and for legendary Hawaiian artist Henry Kapono. He has danced for Iona Dance Company, Tau Dance Theater, Derek Daniels Productions, and Waikiki Neī; and has appeared with Mānoa Valley Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Army Community Theatre, and Hawai‘i Opera Theatre. Highlights of his stage productions include Paul in Six Degrees of Separation, the title character in Macbeth, Hector in Troilus and Cressida, and Cole in The Underneath. His onscreen credits include appearances in Hawaii Five-0, Street Wars, and Lost.
Jonathan is the Executive Director and Founder of HI Frequency School of Performing Arts and a member of the HI Poets Society. He spent a delightful year as a puppeteer for Disney World, and two and half seasons as a company actor with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Above all else, Jonathan enjoys passing along the joys of being a lifelong learner.