Sept. 17, 2002


Janna Hymes-Bianci to Conduct the CUA Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 28 and 29 Performances to be Held in Historic Takoma Theatre


For its first concert of the new season, the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra will present guest conductor Janna Hymes-Bianchi in a program featuring works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Brahms and Rossini, as well as arias from Carlisle Floyd's Opera “Susanna,” sung by CUA faculty member Sharon Christman.


Performances will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Historic Takoma Theatre in Washington, D.C.


Janna Hymes-Bianchi, who currently is celebrating her inaugural season as music director of the Maine Grand Opera Company, has been the associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, resident conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Columbus Women's Orchestra in Ohio.  She also served as the assistant conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and the Teatro Massimo Opera House in Palermo, Italy. 


Recently Hymes-Bianchi appeared as guest conductor with the orchestras of Bangor (Maine), Hartford (Connecticut) and New Hampshire.  She has appeared with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Besançon Chamber Orchestra, The Netherlands' Delta Ensemble and Orquestra Sinfónica del Estado de México. Hymes-Bianchi was selected to conduct the Oregon Symphony during the American Symphony Orchestra League's 1995 National Conference.  She has maintained an association with the ASOL, teaching at the organization's annual conducting workshops.


Sharon Christman, soprano soloist and faculty member of CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's “The Magic Flute.”  She has appeared with the New York City Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, L'Opera de Montreal, Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and locally with the Summer Opera Theatre and Opera Camarata of Washington.  In addition to opera, Christman is active in oratorio performances and has appeared with major symphony orchestras and worked with conductors Julius Rudel, Gustav Meier, Richard Lert, Wolfgang Rennert, Hans Adler and Eduardo Muller.


This concert marks the beginning of the CUA orchestra's series of concerts to be held at the Historic Takoma Theater, located at 6833 4th St N.W. (at 4th & Butternut Streets).


Other concert dates this season include:


q       CUA Symphony Orchestra with Hajime Teri Murai, guest conductor

 Nov. 16 and 17, 2002


q       CUA Symphony Orchestra with Kate Tamarkin, guest conductor

 Feb. 8 and 9, 2003


Admission to the concerts is free.   For additional performance or ticket information, call 202-319-5416.


MEDIA: To arrange interviews or coverage of the concerts, contact Chris Harrison or Victor

    Nakas at 202-319-5600.