Krekow into Marcus Hall of Fame Renowned operatic soprano to perform concerts

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Kay Krekow

MARCUS - Renowned operatic soprano and Marcus native Kay Krekow will be inducted into the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Hall of Fame Saturday for her lifetime of musical and educational achievements, in conjunction with the Marcus Fair

“Yes, you can go home again!” exclaimed Krekow when informed of the distinct honor involving her alma-mater MMC (now MMCRU).

Krekow lives in Derwood, Maryland near Washington D.C., with her husband Dr. Harry Dunstan, an operatic tenor, and she is in town this week for her induction. During a telephone interview, Krekow said she and her husband also would be interested in performing in the future with the Cherokee Symphony if details could be worked out.

Krakow will appear at 6:30 p.m. on August 9th at Cork It! in Le Mars, performing “Giacomo’s Ride: A tasting and hearing of the best wine and music Italy has to offer, a concert benefitting Josh’s Ride -

On Monday, August 13, Krekow performs at the Sawyer Center in Marcus at 7 p.m., performing “Threads, Bones, and Dreams: how music creates community,” benefitting the MMCRU building and renovation projects. Free will offerings will be accepted at both venues.

Krekow is the Managing Director of The American Center for Puccini Studies and an internationally acclaimed interpreter of the operatic heroines of Giacomo Puccini. Described as one of the finest Puccini sopranos of her generation, Krakow has sung world premieres and standard operatic and oratorio repertoire at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and The National Cathedral, as well as in Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

Raised on a 400-acre farm near Marcus, Krakow can shoot a gun, drive a tractor, plow a field, ride a horse, milk a cow, slop a hog, hang a shelf, bake a blue-ribbon peach pie, and then sit down and play the score of a saucy 20th century chamber opera.

A 1977 MMC graduate, Kay is the daughter of Lois Krekow and the late Chuck Krekow of Marcus.

A graduate of Stephens College, Krekow earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance and a minor in Music Education and Organ. Additional studies brought her to the East Coast, and she has since been in constant demand as a singer, voice teacher, and accompanist, although she is most beloved for her cooking skills and Sunday afternoon croquet parties.

Her husband, operatic tenor Dr. Harry Dunstan, musicologist, accompanist, translator, stage director, and lecturer, is the Founding Artistic Director of The American Center for Puccini Studies. From his earliest years, Dustan marveled at the transformative power of music. As a little boy attending church with his family in Tidewater, Virginia, he was always amazed how the majestic sounds of the pipe organ and the congregational singing could thrill, inspire, and transform.

Dr. Dunstan was awarded a Ph. D. “With Distinction,” in Historical Musicology from Catholic University, and he also holds a Masters’ Degree in Vocal Performance from Catholic University, and a BA in Music History from Old Dominion University.

They will both be performing and accompanying at each venue.

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