Artist Bios

Krista RiverMezzo-soprano Krista River has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society, the Florida Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony and the Pittsburgh Bach and Baroque Ensemble. Winner of the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and a 2007 Sullivan Foundation grant recipient, her opera roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Anna in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, and the title role in Handel’s Xerxes.  For Ms. River’s New York Recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times praised her “shimmering voice…with the virtuosity of a violinist and the expressivity of an actress.”

George Sebastian Lopez, pianist, has been featured across the globe as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and collaborator. Mr. Lopez received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos in his last two concert seasons. He was invited by The International Holland Music Sessions, now one of the top performing arenas for up-and-coming musicians in Europe, to go on a world tour where he performed in Paris, London, Cologne, New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Los Angeles where he was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “ . . . musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors.”

He premiered a piano concerto written for him by Romeo Melloni, an Italian composer from Milan, which he recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Prague with Maestro Paul Polivnick. Mr. Lopez performed at Brown University with renowned American composer David Amram for a weeklong residency, and his recent tour of chamber music concerts in Australia garnered an invitation to the Kowmung Music Festival next year. His chamber music collaborations have included the Emerson String Quartet, the Rainier Quartet, the Incanto Ensemble of Germany, and the Aurea Ensemble of Providence, along with members of some of the top orchestras in the country with whom he plays regularly at the New Hampshire Music Festival.

He was invited by the Montclaire String Quartet to open their concert season with Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor at the Clay Center for the Arts in Charleston, West Virginia, where he is a frequent guest artist.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Belize to Mayan parents, George Lopez started playing the piano at the fairly late age of 11. Upon returning to the U.S., he won his first orchestral competition at 14 in Texas and two years later was awarded a full scholarship to The Hartt School of Music. After graduating with honors, he went to Paris on a Franco-American study grant and was given a unanimous First Prize for the Diplome supérieur. He completed his Masters Degree cum laude in Amsterdam. In addition to the New Hampshire Symphony, Mr. Lopez has appeared with the Granite State Symphony Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra of Maine, the Fort Smith Symphony in Arkansas, and has performed Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto in Yverdon-les-Bains. He is presently the Beckwith Artist in Residence at Bowdoin College.

Mary Pinard is a poet and Professor of English at Babson College where she teaches courses in literature and poetry in the Arts and Humanities Division.  She has also served in a range of administrative positions there, including as Director of the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program, Coordinator of the Creativity Stream in the MBA Program, Writing Center Director, and Division Chair.

She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago (English) and Vermont College (poetry).  Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals—including The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Georgia Review—and she has been the recipient of several national awards for her poetry.

Her essays on poets, including Lorine Niedecker and Alice Oswald, have been published in critical anthologies and scholarly journals.  Her book of poems, Portal, was published in February 2014 Salmon Press.  She was born and raised in Seattle.  

Wayne R Petersen is Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He was the Field Ornithologist at Mass Audubon for 15 years before assuming the position of IBA Director in 2005. As co-author of Birds of Massachusetts (1993) and co-editor of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas (2003), his knowledge of the habitats, distribution, and status of the Commonwealth’s bird life is both extensive and wide-ranging.

A New England Regional Editor for North American Birds magazine and editor of the New England Christmas Bird Count for National Audubon, Wayne’s knowledge of the seasonal distribution of New England bird life give him a wide perspective when thinking about Important Bird Areas in Massachusetts and beyond. Among his other writing projects are authorship of the National Audubon Society’s Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), and Birds of New England (with Roger Burrows), and contributions to The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, and Arctic Wings.  Wayne leads international birding tours for Mass Audubon, is a founding member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee (MARC), and is a member of the advisory committee of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  He is also on the board of the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts and is president of Bird Observer magazine.  In 2005 Wayne was the recipient of the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology.

Andrew ListAndrew List (Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA) composes music in many different genres, including orchestral works, string quartet, vocal, choral music, opera, music for children, solo works, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, with B.A. and M.A. degrees in music composition. He received his doctorate in music composition from Boston University, where he studied with Bernard Rands, Samuel Headrick, and Nicholas Maw. Mr. List has also studied privately with Richard Danielpour.

Mr. List has received numerous commissions and performances from professional music ensembles and solo artists in the United States and Europe.  A short list include: The Boston Classical Orchestra, Zodiac Trio, Alea III, Esterhazy Quartet, Interensemble, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, North-South Consonance, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, George Lopez (pianist) Turtle Island String Quartet, Winston Choi (pianist), Emmanuel Feldman (cellist) soprano Lisa Saffer.

Highlights of his 2014-15 season include a collaboration with Mass Audubon on world premiere of “On The Wing, A Celebration of Birds in Spoken Words and Music” “Journey Through The Eternal Forest” for solo Flute and Oboe with String Orchestra commissioned by the Boston Classical Orchestra’s in celebration of their 35th season, String Quartet No 5: “Time Cycles” a composition inspired by poet T.S. Eliot’s monumental work Four Quartets commissioned by the Arneis Quartet, and “Journey Toward the Eternal Flame” a new work for oboe, bassoon and piano commissioned by The Boston Woodwind Society.