Jenina Gallaway and Woan Ching Lim
Jenina Gallaway and Woan Ching Lim

The Arizona Senior Academy’s weekly mid-day concert on Tuesday (May 27) will feature an award-winning soprano singing classical selections by 19th and 20th century composers.  The program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

Jenina Gallaway, a UA doctoral candidate, has sung a wide range of genres internationally and throughout the U.S.  She will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Woan Ching Lim, a native of Malaysia, who is staff pianist for the UA School of Dance and UA Trumpet Studio.

Gallaway will open the concert singing two melodies (art songs) by Henri Duparc, a French composer in the late Romantic period, followed by Austrian composer Alban Berg’s “Sieben frühe Lieder” (seven early songs), written for voice and piano in the early 20th century.

The concert will then feature selections by mid-20th century African American composers Leo Edwards (“Sympathy; Lullaby from Harriet Tubman”) and Margaret Bonds (“Minstrel Man” and “Dream Variation from Three Dream Portraits”).  The concluding number will be Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte” from “Tosca.”

Among her many awards Gallaway was an Arizona District Winner and Western Region Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  She was also first-place winner in several Tucson area competitions.   In addition to the title role in Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” her solo repertoire includes operas by such composers as Johann Strauss II, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin and Henry Purcell.

Gallaway holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge, a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University, and is currently working towards a DMA in Vocal Performance at UA.

Lim holds a Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from UA.  She has played for the Tucson Desert Song Festival, Ballet Arizona, Vancouver International Song Institute, the Arizona Opera Company and the Tucson Girls Chorus.

Submitted by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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Concert Features Award-winning Soprano: May 2014
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