Johnson Cano '06 on New Bernstein CD with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 17, 2017
Webster University alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano '06 is featured on a major new CD release from the international music label Naxos.
The new disc features the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop, conducting two seminal orchestral works by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Also on the disc is French superstar pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
“We are delighted for Jennifer, who keeps going from strength to strength,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music in Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. “Her discography is growing, her presence at the Metropolitan Opera continues to gain notice and acclaim, and her concert career is taking off. She’s the real deal, a mezzo-soprano of character and depth — and one of the nicest people in the business!”
The New York Times reviewed a Johnson Cano concert with high praise: “Her voice seems to come out of a happy nexus of heart, soul and brain that lends an authoritative weight to every note.”
Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and made her professional operatic debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, which is located on the home campus of Webster University.
After undergraduate study, she earned her graduate degree from Rice University. She recently sang, by invitation, at the private funeral for pioneering American astronaut Neil Armstrong. Her first solo disc, a recital from the Savannah Voice Festival, is available on Amazon and iTunes.