Streator native Kate Tombaugh will be featured at "An Afternoon with Kate" in the "Good Old Summertime Series" at Plumb Pavilion at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21.
Tombaugh made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in January 2013. She is a mezzo soprano and has sung professionally in more than 10 states. Her career began in 2007 when she placed third at the Central Regional Finals in Chicago, hosted by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, based in New York City.
Last season, Tombaugh sang Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel" with Opera Omaha, Candelas in de Falla's "El Amor Brujo" with Cincinnati's concern nova, Rosina in "The Barber of Seville" with the Santa Fe Concert Association and made her solo debuts with the Jackson Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic. Additionally, she premiered her own one-woman show, "It Just Takes One" in October, a show featuring a variety of music alongside her original script and concept.
Tombaugh enjoys performing a variety of music, on stage and in concert, and is equally passionate about teaching and music outreach. She has been a guest artist and clinician at various universities and performing arts high schools and sincerely enjoys mentoring and encouraging young musicians.
Tombaugh will make her solo debut with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra in September. She will sing a world premiere for mezzo-soprano soloist and orchestra, a piece written for her by fiancé and composer, Steven Weimer, and will portray the title role in Handel's "Ariodante" with the Cincinnati Chamber Opera, both in Cincinnati, in February.
Tombaugh gained her first musical and theatrical experiences at Park Presbyterian Church in Streator, her home church and on the stage at Engle Lane Theater. She graduated from Woodland High School in 2003, received dual bachelor's degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007 in English literature and voice and a master's degree in voice from the CCM Music Conservatory at the University of Cincinnati in 2010.
For more information on Tombaugh and her performance updates, visit katetombaugh.com or "like" her artist page on Facebook: Kate Tombaugh, Mezzo-Soprano.