Yvette Keong and Gracie Francis Feature in Carnegie Hall’s ‘Citywide’ Series

By Logan Martell
Credit: Dasha Dare

On February 26, 2023, Carnegie Hall will present a free concert featuring soprano Yvette Keong and pianist Gracie Francis.

Held at St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church, the recital is part of Carnegie Hall’s Citywide initiative, which partners with local organizations to present exceptional and accessible performances. The program will include selections from Schoenberg’s “Vier Lieder, Op. 2,” Joseph Schwantner’s “Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro,” Granados’ “Gayescas, Book I,” Rachmaninoff’s “Six Songs,” as well as works from Chinese composers Yuanren Zhao, Huang Tzu, Yi Zhou, and Qing Zhu.

A graduate of Juilliard, Keong has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and more. In 2021, Keong sang as a participant in Renee Fleming’s “SongStudio,” where she performed with Francis and made her company debut that same year in Annapolis Opera’s production of “La Cenerentola.” She has also taken part in workshops with Houston Grand Opera and Santa Fe Opera. In 2020, Keong was named one of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows, being the only musician among the honorees. Keong also received The Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Eastern Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.