Guest Artists

Haydn's Creation

Harriet Fraser, soprano

Harriet Fraser began to perform as a soloist while working as a family doctor in central London. Some years ago, she set medicine aside and turned to singing full-time. Now a resident of Los Angeles, California, Harriet is in demand as an oratorio and recital soloist, including recent performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat and St Matthew Passion at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, under conductor Grant Gershon. A performer with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, as chorister and soloist, Harriet has worked under conductors Grant Gershon, Esa Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel amongst many others. Harriet has performed regular solo recitals with the Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, has performed with the Millennium Consort Singers and at the UnSung Concert series,in her wish to promote the works of living local composers. She has a busy schedule with the European Concert Trio, comprising repertoire for soprano, clarinet and piano. They have performed all over Southern California since their formation in early 2015, and won the prestigious Beverly Hills International Competition. As a passionate interpreter of the oratorio repertoire, Harriet has performed all of the standard repertoire and many more contemporary works, all over the UK, in Los Angeles and Beijing, China.

Jon Lee Keenan, tenor

Jon Lee Keenan is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Influenced at a young age by his father, a classically trained jazz saxophonist, Jon cultivated an interest for performing a variety of musical styles.  While a high school student at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, Jon found himself winning state vocal competitions, writing music and playing guitar with his 8-piece original ska band, and singing first tenor with the local collegiate vocal ensemble.  After earning a triple degree in music at UNLV in Las Vegas, Jon moved out to Southern California to pursue a career in classical singing, studying Vocal Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music.  Jon was first introduced to the Los Angeles classical music scene by the Los Angeles Master Chorale with whom he has been featured as a soloist in each season since joining on with the group in 2007.  Recent highlights with LAMC include the role of “Evangelist” in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and the narrator in Hugo Distler’s The Story of Christmas.   Currently, Jon is in demand on opera stages and concert halls throughout California and the United States.  Recent appearances with Southwest Chamber Music include collaborations on Britten’s A Birthday Hansel for tenor and harp, and A Sunbeam’s Architecture, an orchestral song cycle by E.E. Cummings and Elliot Carter at Red Cat.  Recent opera roles with the Pacific Opera Project include “Don Ottavio” in Don Giovanni and “Tanzmeister” in Ariadne auf Naxos.  Over the past few seasons, Jon has helped create several new exciting characters through collaborations with The Industry LA including “Clyde Barrow” in Bonnie and Clyde (Andrew McIntosh), “Little Monk” in Brecht’s Galileo (Andy Akiho), Napoleon Bonaparte in Haydn’s Head (Nicholas Deyoe).  This past June, Jon performed and recorded the role “Gniphos” in the LA Philharmonic’s co-production of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar with The Industry LA, slated for international release in 2018. 2017-18 season’s highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Handel’s Israel in Egypt; Orange County’s Pacific Chorale as the role of “Evangelist” in Bach’s St. John Passion; tenor soloist in Mozart’s rarely heard “Little Masonic” cantata Laut Verkünde unsre Freude conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; and the role of “Gunner” in the premiere of Orson Welles’ classic War of the Worlds turned into opera by Yuval Sharon, Anne Gosfield, and the LA Philharmonic.

David Stoneman, bass-baritone

David Stoneman is known for his work in both classic and modern opera. The California native has sung with opera companies from Santa Barbara to Boston in repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass and in roles from Figaro to Scarpia. After studying locally, (OCC, Chapman and USC) he spent two decades in Boston and New York singing opera and oratorio. Locally, David has appeared over two dozen times in concerts with Pacific Symphony. His oratorio repertoire includes works as diverse as the requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, Stravinsky’s Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Under the baton of Eliza Rubenstein, he has sung the solos in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Though opera has been the main focus of his singing career, on the lighter side, David has enjoyed roles in Follies, South Pacific, Six Degrees of Separation, Forty-Second Street andSweeney Todd. Recently released recordings featuring Mr. Stoneman include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a new musical by the late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. David is also a Registered Piano Technician.

Men in Blaque was formed in 1997 at the University of California – Irvine and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Following the lead of Chanticleer and the King’s Singers, Men in Blaque’s repertoire spans many genres and eras. The singers include computer specialists, dancers, and clergy, as well as students majoring in music, biology, physics, history, computer sciences, and business. The award-winning ensemble has competed at the World Choir Games in China, the Yeosu International Choral Competition in South Korea, and the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

Artistic Director and Conductor Joseph Huszti is Professor Emeritus of Music in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI. During his tenure at UCI, his choirs completed 27 international concert tours including prize-winning performances in Wales, Hungary, Holland, and Slovakia. His choirs have performed in the UK, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, and Austria. Prior to coming to California, Huszti led the choral activities for Boston University’s School of the Arts and directed the Young Vocalists Program at the Tanglewood Festival.

iSing of a Maiden

Internationally acclaimed American/French-Canadian violinist Luanne Homzy is known for her technical facility, sensitive musicality, and expansive versatility. First Prize winner of the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg with the Saguaro Piano Trio, and of the Canadian Music Competition, she has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. As concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, she worked closely with Sir Neville Marriner, Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Kent Nagano, and John Williams. 

Ms. Homzy has collaborated with renowned artists ranging from the Tokyo String Quartet to John Legend and Pink Martini. Equally at home in many genres, whether it be jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, gypsy or Eastern European folk music, Ms. Homzy performs world wide with crossover supergroup Trio Dinicu, hailed as “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Homzy works with musical activists from Street Symphony, a non-profit that delivers on-site concerts for greatly underserved members of the community. She also works as a studio musician and string producer. Recently, she wrote an orchestral arrangement to rapper Kid Cudi’s song “Kitchen”, which was featured on The Tonight Show. 

Luanne Homzy is based in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, and later obtained her Master’s degree from the Hamburg Hochschule in Germany.