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Sasha Cooke to Perform with Greenwich Village Orchestra, 2/9

Sasha Cooke to Perform with Greenwich Village Orchestra, 2/9

On Sunday, February 9 at 3:00pm, The Greenwich Village Orchestra, led by Metropolitan Opera conductor Pierre Vallet, will perform a concert to include excerpts form Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, Ravel's Shéhérazade with Grammy Award-wining mezzo-soprano Sasha Cook, and Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Now in its 27th season, the ensemble performs at Washington Irving Auditorium (40 Irving Place) near Union Square.

Acclaimed conductor, choral master, vocal coach and pianist Pierre Vallet has been a member of the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera since 1996- initially as pianist and coach and later as cover conductor. He recently made his conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera leading Gounod's Faust and also at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. A highlight of his 2013/14 opera season includes La Juive for The Göteborg Opera in Sweden with director Günter Krämer, and Hänsel & Gretel at the 2014 Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto.

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke caused a sensation this June at the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene "in a performance of vocal majesty and theatrical clarity" (San Francisco Chronicle). This season she appears with Alan Gilbert and the NY Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony, Tugan Sokhiev and the DSO Berlin, Cristian Macelaru and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jean-Marie Zeituni and the Columbus Symphony, James Gaffigan and the MDR Orchestra of Leipzig, Grant Gershon and the LA Philharmonic, and a European tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. Additional highlights include her debut with Opéra National de Bordeaux, Verdi Requiem with Krzysztof Urbanski and the Indianapolis Symphony, recitals throughout the United States and her debut at Wigmore Hall as well as chamber music performances in Boston, Santa Fe, New York, Portland, and Houston. A sought-after performer and advocate of contemporary music, this season she performs works by John Harbison, Philip Glass, Mohammed Fairouz, and Lowell Liebermann. Premieres of future seasons include works by Mark Gray, Jake Heggie, Laura Kaminsky, Kevin Puts and Joby Talbot. At the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cooke earned rave reviews as Kitty Oppenheimer in John Adams' Doctor Atomic. She is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Young Concert Artists. Her recent album "If You Love for Beauty" is available on Yarlung Records.

About the Greenwich Village Orchestra

The Greenwich Village Orchestra was founded in 1986 by a group of musicians from the New York Metropolitan area. The 70-member community orchestra is made up of accountants, actors, artists, attorneys, carpenters, editors, physicians, professors, programmers, retirees, scientists, secretaries, students, and teachers. For over twenty-five years, the Greenwich Village Orchestra has had a single purpose: to bring the best possible performances of great music to listeners. The GVO is committed to making music at the highest possible level and dedicated to enriching the lives of our players and our audience. The performances are emotionally charged, exhilarating experiences that truly delight audiences and the performers alike.

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