Talent meets talent meets Cayman meets you
On Wednesday, 25 May, something extra special will come to Luca restaurant with Music on the Menu – Living and Loving on Broadway.
Glen Inanga, the world-class pianist and musical director, will join powerful forces with Kristina Horacek, singer and vocalist extraordinaire, for a dinner concert series in support of the Cayman Arts Festival.
“It’s a highly entertaining programme compiled by the very talented vocalist Kristina Horacek, who starred as Audrey in the recently staged Little Shop of Horrors at the Prospect Playhouse to rave reviews,” says Inanga.
“This is our first Cabaret-style event in our Music on the Menu series and it promises to be entertaining,” he adds. “It provides Cayman Arts Festival supporters with an opportunity to enjoy quality performances by local performers as they look forward to CAF in 2012.”
Horacek seconds his thoughts and says that she’s thrilled to have some fun in this performance.
“The music is a lighthearted and often hilarious selection of some of the best Broadway and crossover from recent years, as well as a few Broadway classics,” she says.
Kristina Horacek began her vocal performance career as a fairy in Iolanthe.
These annual Gilbert and Sullivan productions engaged her love of music and theatre, and she went on to pursue vocal training in high school.
She attained high honours in solo and choral singing competitions, participating in the Texas Choral Directors Association’s All-Region Choir yearly.
At the University of Texas at Austin, she discovered the world of opera under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera tenor William Lewis.
Her young voice at that time was well suited for pants roles, and she was thus in demand for prominent roles in university productions of Les Contes Hoffman, Orpheé Aux Enfers, and Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as the title role in Hansel and Gretel.
She went on to study German opera and art song in Austria, where she developed an appreciation for the German language.
There she fell in love with the city of Mozart, and participated in productions of his Magic Flute, and his first opera, Bastien und Bastienne (this time as Bastienne).
She completed her undergraduate degree with a major in linguistics, a focus that has served her well in her analysis of music, both for teaching and performance.
After university, she spent two seasons with the Austin Lyric Opera as a chorister in The Flying Dutchman and Tosca, attaining comprimario roles in Turandot and Elektra.
Additionally, she returned to her Gilbert and Sullivan roots by joining the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin.
Favourite on-stage experiences include Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers.
She also maintained a small teaching studio, and spent time in Los Angeles studying the vocal pedagogy techniques of celebrity coach Seth Riggs.
She brought this new technical knowledge to her teaching, as well as her broadening vocal style.
Her final performance in Austin was in an Equity production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
On relocating to Boston, she attained a master’s in education in curriculum and teaching, while expanding her vocal technique and range with voice technician Susan Ormont, who introduced her to a new repertoire of coloratura arias.
She added to her musical theatre experience with productions of Sondheim’s Company, Beauty and the Beast, and Annie.
Horacek is presently a lower-elementary and voice teacher at Montessori By The Sea, and is an active participant in local community arts events.
She was most recently seen as a competitor in Cayman’s Got Talent, as well as in the role of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors.
Following graduation from Clare College, University of Cambridge, as a British Council Scholar where he read the Engineering Tripos and received his Master of Arts degree in 1998, Inanga studied with Martin Roscoe at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won several awards, including the prestigious Overseas Research Students Scheme Award.
He holds the Master of Music degree of the University of London with distinction in Piano Performance and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2003.
He also holds the Diploma of Advanced Studies with Merit in Piano Performance and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, the exclusive teaching diploma of Britain’s most senior conservatoire.
Inanga joined the University College of the Cayman Islands in 2007 with the task of developing a music programme at UCCI.
Since joining UCCI, he has developed music courses for the associate degree, Certificate and Continuing Education programmes.
Further plans toward the establishment of a department for the Performing Arts department at UCCI are also under way.
As an international concert pianist soloist, he gave his New York debut in September 2000, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to a capacity audience in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre, receiving rave reviews.
In addition, his piano duo partnership with Jennifer Micallef (the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo) is reputed to be among the most outstanding worldwide and continues to make an increasing impact on an ever-widening international audience.
In addition to a successful debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2006, the duo’s disc, Robin Holloway’s Gilded Goldbergs, on the Hyperion label, was selected as Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine, in February 2003.
In February 2004, the Micallef-Inanga piano duo as artistic directors successfully launched the first Cayman Arts Festival in the Cayman Islands, now held biennially.
Following successful debut performances in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as in the Musikverein Concert Hall (Vienna), performances for the 2010-2011 season include Milan, Malta and the UK.
As an educator, Inanga is in constant demand as a specialist coach for piano duos and provides adjudication for piano duo competitions at leading international music conservatoires.
In addition, he has presented lecture recitals at international symposia in the UK and Asia and works on special research projects relating to rarely performed and recorded works in the piano duo repertory as well as other genres.