Gershwin's "Summertime," from Porgy & Bess


performed on August 19, 2017 at Staunton Music Festival

Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, Virginia


Sara Couden, alto, and Ed Matthew, clarinet solo

SMF Chamber Orchestra, conducted by James Wilson


violins: Guillaume Pirard, Aisslinn Nosky, Fiona Hughes, Jacob Ashworth, Grace Park, Minna Pensola, Airi Yoshioka, Maureen Murchie, Martin Davids

violas: Kathleen Overfield-Zook, Jason Fisher, Kyle Miller, cellos: Jan Mueller-Szeraws, Carl Donakowski, Anna Steinhoff, double bass: Heather Miller Lardin 

flutes: Mary Boodell, Amy Pintea, oboes: Roger Roe, Margaret Owens, clarinets: Ed Matthew, Igor Begelman

bassoons: Stephanie Corwin, Larisa Gelman, trumpets: Chris Carrillo, Kathryn Adduci, horns: Ian Zook, Todd Williams, Katy Ambrose

trombones: Nathaniel Lee, Niki Miragliotta, harp: Sivan Magen, percussion: Brian David Smith, I-Jen Fang, Joe Ziemer, Marcia McCants


video by Stewart Searle





Sara Couden, contralto, is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, as well as the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. Highlights of recent seasons include: the role of Albine in the Metropolitan Opera production of Thaïs, excerpts from Zauberflöte with the LA Philharmonic, Mahler 2 with the Santa Cruz Symphony, Das Lied von der Erde with New York chamber ensemble Cantata Profana, Petr Eben’s Loveless Songs with Kim Kashkashian at Marlboro Music Festival, From Jewish Folk Poetry and the Canary Cantata with Music @ Menlo, and B Minor Mass with Masaaki Suzuki at Yale’s Woolsey Hall. Visit her website at




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