Striking out as an innovator and entrepreneur Kathleen has created multiple musical concerts and productions. After the successful launch of the musical trio Canto Zenzero, Kathleen collaborated with fellow pianist Riko Higuma and production manager Jordan Monson to create KJR Studio Productions in 2020. Through this boutique style studio she has developed and produced multiple diverse concerts over the past several years. Featuring favorite concerts as Die Fledermaus in Concert, Classically Celtic, Gershwin and Company, and Sea to Shining Sea. Each concert seamlessly combines musical genre favorites, with vocal and piano solos and duets into a compelling musical experience.
Soprano Kathleen Monson and Pianist Riko Higuma have been collaborating together for over a decade. Meeting at Manhattan School of Music, the two artists have been gaining attention for their diverse concerts, fusing their talents to create a stunning performance that seamlessly crosses the boundaries of musical genres. As individual artists, each brings to the duo an impressive list of accomplishments, including performances in Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Gianni Schicchi and A Christmas Carol. In addition they have been featured with companies such as, The New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Zodiac Trio, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera House, The Princeton Festival, Opernfest Prague, and New DOCTA festival in Argentina to name a few. Performing both nationally and internationally, Kathleen Monson and Riko Higuma are sure to delight and entertain you.
Our concert productions seamlessly combine musical genre favorites into an entertaining and compelling concert. Featuring opera, musical theater and art songs, our artists combine vocal and instrumental music for a truly wonderful experience. Each concert can be modified for a forty-five, sixty, or ninety minute concert, and are adaptable for one, two or three voices. Our concerts have the flexibility to be enjoyed as a formal concert experience, or can be modified for special occasions, events or celebrations. Our most popular concert offerings are listed below, however we are happy to help customize and create a concert experience for your specific event.Booking Inquiries
From the composer who brought you Porgy and Bess, Funny Face and American in Paris, this concert is a perfect fit for a fundraising event or an afternoon gathering. Gershwin and Company celebrates the works of not only Gershwin but similar composers Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Featuring piano favorite Rhapsody in Blue, and vocal pieces Someone to Watch Over Me, So In Love and many more, this concert will have your audience tapping their toes the entire time.
Perfect way to elevate your St. Patrick’s Day. Classically Celtic is an evening of vocal and piano music from well-known composers Benjamin Britten, Mendelssohn, and more. Featuring beloved pieces from the Celtic repertoire, our artists add a classical twist to such songs as She Moved through the Fair, Down By the Sally Gardens and The Kerry Dance.
Entertainment for a patriotic concert, veterans concert, or to celebrate the fourth of July. Sea to Shining Sea takes the audience on a journey through the beloved patriotic tunes of the United States. Favorite pieces from Aaron Copland to Irving Berlin, this concert is sure to celebrate those who have fought for our country and those with a Patriotic Spirit.
Drawing from the experience and knowledge of classical music, Music for the Hour features composers such as Chopin, Donazetti, and Strauss. This concert seamlessly combines the musical genre favorites of classical, operetta and musical theater. Highlights from Die Fledermaus, Lucia Di Lammermor, La Cenerentola and others provide a musical experience appropriate for any gathering.
With the success of Music for the Hour, this concert celebrates beloved Christmas music with a classical twist. This concert features favorite Christmas songs and piano music including O Holy Night, Panis Angelicus, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.