Metropolitan Bound

Alumni Cedric Berry and Christina Suh join the USC Symphony to inaugurate the President’s Distinguished Artist Series.

President Steven B. Sample with Suh and Berry.

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Opera held center stage on February 12, when bass-baritone Cedric Berry ’94, M.M. ’96, and soprano Christina Suh M.M. ’95 joined the USC Symphony at Bovard Auditorium to inaugurate the President’s Distinguished Artist Series. The Thornton School of Music alumni were co-winners of the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Opera competition, held last November. Berry and Suh tied for first place at the regional finals. In April, the two traveled to New York to compete for the national prize on the stage of the Met.
Selections performed for the capacity crowd at Bovard included a duet, “La ci darem la mano,” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; “Chi sa, chi sa,” a Mozart concert aria sung by Suh; and “A Woman Is a Sometime Thing,” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, sung by Berry.
The USC Symphony under the direction of Jung-Ho Pak also performed Pacific Rim, by USC professor of composition Stephen Hartke, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.




Photo by Lee Salem

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