Opening Concert

Concert Information

Philharmonic Hall
December 10, 1966

Opening Concert

Leonard Slatkin, music director
Gwendolyn Killebrew, mezzo-soprano

Dukas: Fanfare to La Peri
Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 ("Christmas")
Mozart: "Parto, parto" from La Clemenza di Tito
Saint-Saens: "Amour viens aider" from Samson et Dalila
Bizet: "Hababera" from Carmen
Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra
Milhaud: Suite Provencale

Guest Artist

Gwendolyn Killebrew

The American contralto Gwendolyn Killebrew began at an early age to study piano, horn, organ, and voice. After completing her scholastic education at Temple University in Philadelphia (B.S.Ed.), she assumed a position as a teacher of music and pioneered in the newly developed field of music therapy. Subsequently she expanded her education through further studies of the voice and opera-theater at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (M.M.), where she benefited from the teaching and guidance of Ks. Hans J. Heinz and the British stage director Christopher West.

Many engagements as a concert-, oratorio-, and opera- singer followed. In 1967 Gwendolyn Killebrew gave her debut - at the age of 26 – as Waltraute in the production of Herbert von Karajan’s “Ring des Nibelungen” at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.