Trustee Karen Kubin led the charge for this year’s Fanfare Luncheon, put on by the Conservatory of Music’s Conservatory Society. The luncheon took place on the stage at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall.
A memorable moment for your favorite SF Socialite Examiner was the duet between Guest of Honor and Conservatory alumni, soprano Marnie Breckenridge and current senior at the Conservatory, mezzo-soprano Hannah Headland. Their performance of The Flower Duet from Lakmé was overwhelming and transporting. Being on the same platform while their angelic notes engulfed the senses was moving to say the least. Kristin Pankonin a graduate from the class of 89 accompanied the ladies on piano.
At just 15, pianist Hanson Tam is participating in the Conservatory’s Preparatory Division and showed attendees why with his playing. The melding of Conservatory of Music phenoms past and present is what the Fanfare Luncheon is all about. It reminds us what can bloom when young talent is nurtured. Breckenridge who has found major success in her career has sung with the English National Opera, the Prague State Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera to name only a few. This month she also perfomed in Opera Parallèle’s production of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar at YBCA.
Supporters of the Conservatory seated in the crowd included board of Trustees Chair Tim Foo and Executive Vice-Chair Deppa Pakianathan as well as last year’s Fanfare Luncheon Chair Lisa Grotts and upcoming Gala Co-Chair Teresa Medearis. Check out the Hot Shots section to see the other moments from both nights and who else attended.
All the best – Moanalani Jeffrey