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2020 Events



DATE: February 1st, 2020

TIME: 7:00pm

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: East Valley Men's Center, 868. E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85203

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 3rd, 2020

TIME: 2:00pm

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: Joe C. Montoya Community & Senior Center, 245 N Thorpe Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 4th, 2020

TIME: 1:00pm

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: St. Peter's Indian Mission School, 1500 North St. Peter Road, Bapchule, AZ 85221

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 4th, 2020

TIME: 7:00pm

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: The Historic Paramount Theater, 420 N. Florence Street, Casa Grande, AZ 85222

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 5th, 2020

TIME: 9:00am

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: Casa Grande Middle School, 260 W. McMurray Boulevard, Casa Grande, AZ 85122

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 5th, 2020

TIME: 3:00pm

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: Silver Springs, 500 West Camino Encanto, Green Valley, AZ 85614

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 6th, 2020

TIME: 2:00pm

EVENT: Collaborative Tour for the Piatigorsky Foundation

LOCATION: La Siena, 909 East Northern Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford and mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, contracted performing artists with the Piatigorsky Foundation, travel to Arizona to perform several concerts together.
DATE: February 18th, 2020

TIME: 7:00pm

EVENT: A Celebration of American Women

LOCATION: Tishman Auditorium, 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

DESCRIPTION: Featuring students from Mannes, Jazz, and Drama, this event weaves together music, historical writings, visual art, and poetry into an evening that recognizes and celebrates women's suffrage. Kessa Mefford will be performing the Ballade by Amy Beach. This concert is the opening concert of the 2020 Mannes Sounds Festival and is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the United States of America.
DATE: March 16th, 2020 (CANCELED)

TIME: 2:00pm

EVENT: Private concert for DOROT

LOCATION: DOROT, NYC

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford, violinist Laura Pereira del Rio, and clarinetist Michelle Hromin perform a collaborative concert including works by Ravel, Couperin, and Montez for the senior citizen participants of DOROT in New York City.
DATE: March 27th, 2020 (CANCELED)

TIME: 7:00pm

EVENT: The Magic of Broadway presented by the Westchester Women's Chorus

LOCATION: The First Presbyterian Church of Ossining, 34 South Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford collaborates with the Westchester Women's Chorus and other musicians in their culminating event of the season.
DATE: March 28th, 2020 (streamed online only here!)

TIME: 4:00pm

EVENT: "Chiaroscuro:" Alan Briones's Brooklyn College Master's Graduation Recital

LOCATION: Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford collaborates with longtime friend and baritone Alan Briones in his graduating master's recital, playing works by Ravel, Mahler, Guastavino, Leoncavallo, and Moore.
DATE: April 10th, 2020 (CANCELED)

TIME: 5:30pm

EVENT: Kessa's Mannes Graduation Recital

LOCATION: Stiefel Hall, Mannes School of Music, 55 W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

DESCRIPTION: Join Kessa in her culminating solo recital at Mannes before her Master of Music graduation in May! Featuring works by Corigliano, Beethoven, Beach, Couperin, and Ravel. This event is free and open to the public!
DATE: May 24th, 2020

TIME: 5:00pm

EVENT: Online Livestream Concert for 5pm Series

LOCATION: facebook.com/5pm.series

DESCRIPTION: 5pm series aims to showcase and support professional musicians and music students during COVID-19 by connecting artists with socially distanced audiences. Kessa will be performing her first full-length online concert featuring many of the works from her canceled graduation recital at this event, so don't miss it! The livestream is free, but donations are encouraged, donate here!
DATE: June 17th, 2020 (CANCELED)

TIME: 2:00pm

EVENT: Private concert for DOROT

LOCATION: DOROT, NYC

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford returns to give a solo recital for the senior citizen participants of DOROT in New York City.
DATE: July 16th, 2020

TIME: N/A, posted on YouTube

EVENT: Don Giovanni: A Pandemic Nightmare

LOCATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwa428_ZJpI

DESCRIPTION: When the pandemic swept accross the U.S., summer opera programs across the country, designed to help young singers build their experience and resumes, fell like dominoes. The New York Opera Conservatory had a similar and difficult decision to make. We decided to make it happen anyway, within the guidelines and rules set forth by the state of New York. But how does one maintain social distancing in opera rehearsals and performances? We decided that the only way to make it work legitimately was to make the pandemic part of the production. By reimagining Giovanni as a comedy taking place during a pandemic, we were able to create a world relying on internet connections and cell phones. Not only was the entire opera shot on iPhones, but every special effect we could employ on the phones was used throughout the production. Using everything from snapchat filters and tinder messaging accounts to turning the tenor aria “Il mio tesoro” into a home cooking show, the opera shows us just how bizarre and surreal our world has become.
DATE: September 23rd, 2020

TIME: 2:00pm

EVENT: Private concert for DOROT

LOCATION: Online

DESCRIPTION: Kessa Mefford returns to give a private online concert to the senior citizen participants of DOROT, playing works by Ravel, Scriabin, Menotti, Beach, and Bach.
DATE: October 17th, 2020

TIME: N/A, posted on YouTube

EVENT: La Traviata: Socially Distanced

LOCATION: https://youtu.be/KTx1wnk4Wpw

DESCRIPTION: After Don Giovanni, this was opera number two of the New York Opera Conservatory. As COVID-19 restrictions loosened slightly, we gathered in small groups to film people in the same location, but stayed outdoors for large groups and were careful not to have people face each other as they sang.
DATE: December 6th, 2020

TIME: 12:00pm

EVENT: Piano at Noon

LOCATION: facebook.com/kessa.montez

DESCRIPTION: On the first Sunday of each month, Kessa gives a Facebook live stream performance of a piece currently in her repertoire.




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