Classical Salon Series: Karen Slack


March 2, 2020 5:00 pm

Ticket Price
  • $360 3 Show Series Pass
  • $150 Single Show Ticket
Classical Salon Series: Karen Slack


T H R I L L I N G  |  E N C H A N T I N G  |  I N T I M AT E

This series is produced to support a prosperous landscape for classical music in the Vail Valley, gathering new listeners and lifelong enthusiasts alike. The VPAC Classical Salon Series returns this winter with a collection of three special performances in intimate spaces, curated to provide a deeper connection with classical music. Internationally-acclaimed artists perform thrilling, significant repertoire, hand-selected just for the occasion. These enchanting social experiences allow for focused listening and personal interaction with the artists, paired with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Series Schedule:
ALESSIO BAX, solo piano | Thursday, January 30th  | Browning/Illick Residence [Private Residence]
KAREN SLACK, soprano with Joe Illick, piano | Monday, March 2nd | May Gallery Patrons Lounge [in the Vilar Performing Arts Center Upper Lobby]
BENJAMIN BAKER, violin, with Daniel Lebhardt, piano | Tuesday, March 24th| | May Gallery Patrons Lounge [in the Vilar Performing Arts Center Upper Lobby]

ABOUT KAREN SLACK: Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, young American soprano Karen Slack was most recently heard as Alice Ford in Falstaff with Arizona Opera, as Aïda at Austin Opera, Emelda Griffith in Champion with Opera Parallèle, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess with the National Chorale and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Vancouver Opera, Anna in Le villi in her debut with the Scottish Opera, and concert with the St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic in celebration of the 80th birthday of  Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. Additionally, Ms. Slack portrayed a featured role in Tyler Perry’s movie and soundtrack “For Colored Girls” as the Opera Diva. The 2018-2019 season saw her as Addie Parker in Yardbird with Arizona Opera, a reprisal of her Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Atlanta Opera, Tosca with Opera Birmingham, Serena in Porgy and Bess with Fort Worth Opera, and her debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Billie in Fire Shut Up in My Bones. In concert, she was a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s Healing Tones with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Union Symphony for Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder. Her 2019-2020 season includes the cover of Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Metropolitan Opera, appearing in a series of recitals throughout the US, and Verdi’s Requiem with Highlander Concert Series in Dallas, TX.

Ms. Slack has performed Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera, and has sung the title role in Aida with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Additional recent engagements include Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, title role of Tosca and as Leonora in Il trovatore with Arizona Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Quad City Symphony, and Tosca with the New Philharmonic.

This Evenings Program:

Kaddish (from Chansons Hébraïques)                 MAURICE RAVEL (1875 – 1937)
Wir beide wollen springen                                  RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
Wiegenlied, Op.41, No.1
Schlechtes Wetter, Op.68, No.5
Zueignung, Op.10, No.1
Madama Butterfly, Act 2: “Un bel di”                   GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858 – 1924)
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)                   GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898 – 1937)
The Man I Love
I Got Rhythm
Honor, Honor                                                    Traditional – Arranged by Hall Johnson
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Cryin’                     Traditional – Arranged by Margaret Bonds
Ride On, Jesus                                                  Traditional – Arranged by Nathaniel Dett

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SINGLE PERFORMANCE | Cost: $150 (ticket includes wine & hors d’oeuvres)
This show will take place at the May Gallery in the Vilar Performing Arts Center Upper Lobby



JOIN THE SALON SOCIETY | Cost: $360 | Salon Society subscription provides a 20% discount on series tickets and secures your participation at all performances before tickets are released to the general public. Tickets to individual performances will be offered based on availability and will be extremely limited. To purchase, contact Tim Felton in the VPAC Box Office at or (970) 845-8497.

UNDERWRITE A SALON | Donation Amount: $2,500 | Consider sharing your passion for classical music in the form of a donation. As the Performance Underwriter of a Salon of your choosing, your gift directly supports artist fees and production costs for the event. You will also enjoy year-round donor benefits like Priority Ticketing and Premium Seating, as a member of the VPAC Underwriting Circle. To learn more, contact Development Director Owen Hutchinson at (970) 748-6670 or

*Ticket prices subject to change.


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