Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Welcome Everyone!
Our 24th Year Continues!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on Sunday, July 12, 2020 Via Zoom or Call-In* to discuss the fifth theme in her UNDER THE BRIDGES AT ARROYO DEL REY


9:30 am – Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healer
Janet Martorello

(You will enter the room muted. Please stay muted until discussion period.)

10 am until noon – Program

Opening song by Composer


"A Spiritually Creative Life in the Opera"
Presented By
Peter Mark
Artistic Director Emeritus of Virginia Opera


Highlighted with Song by
Viktoriya Vita Koreneva

Kofi Hayford

Followed by Discussion

And if time permits, Peter Mark will offer a voice lesson!

Susie Katharine Shaw



About our Speaker & Artists
Peter Mark

David Bender Peter Mark served for over 35 years as Founding General/Artistic Director, and Chief Conductor of VIRGINIA OPERA (1975-2010) --where he is now Emeritus -- a company known for the discovery, development and presentation of major operatic talent in productions of musical and dramatic integrity singers such as Renee Fleming, Diana Soviero, Frederick Burchinal, Barbara Dever, Brandon Jovanovic, Bryan Register, Brian Jagde and Lawrence Brownlee.

Respected in the field for his work at Virginia Opera, Peter Mark now utilizes his broad experience and skill to help singers integrate the finest operatic vocal and musical traditions with their repertoire through his regular Masterclasses and private coaching in NY and LA and online.

He has a uniquely comprehensive background and experience in opera first as chief boy-soprano chorister and soloist of the Metropolitan Opera for three seasons in its glory days in the mid-1950s, then as Concertmaster of the Columbia University Orchestra and Principal Violist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Chicago Lyric Opera, then as Professor of Music and Drama at University of California at Santa Barbara, and then conducting opera for four decades at the companies he built and ran in Virginia, as well as conducting operas on five continents -- NYC, London, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Krakow, Mozambique and Shanghai.

For The Salon on July 12, Peter Mark will introduce the trajectory of telling human stories through music from the Ancient Greeks through the latest century with recorded examples and some live singing on Zoom when he will be joined on his virtual stage by the acclaimed Viktoriya Vita Koreneva and Kofi Hayford.

Viktoriya Vita Koreneva Viktoriya Vita Koreneva

The Russian-American mezzo-soprano whose charismatic and rich distinctive voice has earned her the title of “the emotional heartthrob of the operatic stage.”

Viktoriya Vita Koreneva Kofi Hayford

The prize-winning Ghanaian-American noted for his impressive stentorian bass sound, identified for its unique rumbling timber and which he spins with baritone flair.


For the time being, the Salon will continue to meet on Zoom. When appropriate, we will meet in person once again at Arroyo del Rey.

For access to the Salon on Zoom:

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There is no charge to use this service.

Before the Salon on Sunday:
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email Curtis McElhinney at


All 2020 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

[Salon NOT planned for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020]

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Please let us know which salons you can attend by calling (626) 449-1238.

With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.
Fax: 626.449.2004

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