2014 Artist Spotlight – Kathryn Hufnagle & Christian Zamora

Kathryn Hufnagle  Christian Zamora

If you attend orchestral music performances in the region, odds are you have seen these next two performers. Kathryn Hufnagle, cello, and Christian Zamora, violin, are both members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles, and will be joining Dakota Sky for our Salon Recital on Monday, June 23, along with six other guest artists.

Kathryn Hufnagle, who will be performing for the first time with Daktoa Sky, has been Associate Principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony since 2007. In addition to playing in South Dakota, Kathryn is also Principal Cello of the Sioux City Symphony. She has also performed with the Omaha Symphony, Canton Symphony, New World Symphony, Mansfield Symphony (OH), New Bedford Symphony (MA), and the Boston Philharmonic. An active chamber and collaborative musician, Kathryn is a member of the Sioux City Symphony String Quartet. She was also a member of the Augustana String Quartet throughout its entire duration (2007-2013). She also maintains a Suzuki and traditional style cello studio in Sioux Falls.

Christian Zamora has performed with Dakota Sky in 2009 and 2010, and we are thankful to have him back this season. Zamora was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. As a child, his family moved to the United States where he experienced a multicultural upbringing. Zamora assisted in the formation of the Accende Ensemble, a Chicago based chamber music collective. The mission of the Accende Ensemble is to advance the work of living composers, while maintaining a sense of social consciousness. In 2005, he performed with the Mandragora Tango Ensemble in the Jeune Lune Theatre production of Astor Piazzolla’s opera, “Maria de Buenos Aires.” He was a founding member of Charanga Tropical, a Cuban music collective that is devoted to the performance of Cuba’s Classical Music. Of his current endeavors, Zamora performs as associate concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and is a teacher for the Avera Family Wellness Program. You may also have seen Zamora in other settings, including jazz ensembles, the Hegg Brothers Presents: ChooChoo!, and other performances throughout the region.

See the full salon recital program, and read their full biographies, on our 2014 Artists Page.

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