December 4, 2012
Pacific Musical Society's annual gala on Sunday honored composer Jake Heggie. Some 130 attendees in the St. Francis Westin contributed to the 102-year-old organization's mission of assisting young musicians. The evening featured performances by Frederica von Stade and Nicolle Foland, with Heggie at the piano. Flicka concluded her set with a heartfelt parody of Gershwin's "The Man I Love," sung to Heggie.
Also performing were three of the society's annual competition winners: pianist Agata Sorotokin, 15, gave the U.S. premiere of Russian composer Ivan Sokolov's Four Preludes; soprano Julia Metzler, 21, sang four songs by Berg and Strauss, with James Meredith, pianist; and cellist Elena Ariza, 15, concluded with Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70.