Kathleen is one of the most dynamic sopranos ever to graduate from Princeton. Between Med School & Grad School in the late 90’s Kathleen & Rick performed a series of concerts around New York City to rave reviews. Kathleen is now a prominent Endocrinologist (also a Yale Med School grad) and Rick is the Chair of the Music Department at Marywood University (also a Yale DMA in choral conducting). 20 years later, they are reuniting in Naples for this special concert.
KATHLEEN FIGARO ‘92:
The exuberant lyric coloratura soprano, who grew up in Montclair, N.J., is an endocrinologist (focusing on diseases related to the glands, including diabetes, osteoporosis and thyroid diseases), but since she was a teen she's been as passionate about music as medicine. "I love music because it brings people together," she said recently. "It affects them at the deepest levels. It's like when you have a really good relationship with a patient -- you're in true harmony.” Dr. Figaro studied at Westminster Choir College while an undergrad at Princeton University, and at Manhattan School of Music, and has performed with numerous symphonies across the country. Dr. Figaro graduated medical school at Yale, did a residency at Cornell in New York City, then got a master's there in epidemiology, and was an assistant professor and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Her husband, Alan, is from Minnesota and they have two young children.
RICK HOFFENBERG ‘94:
In 2007, Rick Hoffenberg joined the faculty of Marywood University, where he is currently Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, and Co-Chair of the Department of Music, Theater, and Dance. He has also been Music Director of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra since 2013. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Northern Iowa and Williams College. During his doctoral residency at Yale University, he served as Principal Assistant Conductor of Yale Camerata and Assistant Conductor of Simon Carrington's Schola Cantorum. Dr. Hoffenberg has spent the past twenty summers at Chautauqua Opera, where he is a pianist, coach, and assistant conductor. He has also worked for New York City Opera, BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal, Columbia Artists Management, the Milken Archive, and Spoleto Festival USA. As a pianist, he has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago; the Music Institute of Chicago; Rockefeller Chapel in New York City; and Richardson Auditorium, Taplin Auditorium, and Bristol Chapel, all in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the state winner, division winner, and national finalist in the 1994 MTNA-Wurlitzer Piano Competition. He holds degrees from Princeton University, Yale University, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
You will not want to miss this incredible concert!