Barbara Kilduff and Brian Moll perform “Ich schwebe” (Richard Strauss)

From our 2016 “Tears of Gold” concert, here are soprano Barbara Kilduff and pianist Brian Moll performing “Ich schwebe” by Richard Strauss. The German text and an English translation appear below. Simply click on the play button and then follow along.

Ich schwebe wie auf Engelsschwingen,
I float as if on an angel’s wings,
Die Erde kaum berührt mein Fuß,
My foot hardly touching the ground,
In meinen Ohren hör’ ich’s klingen
I hear a lament resounding
Wie der Geliebten Scheidegruß.
As if it were my love’s farewell.

Das tönt so lieblich, mild und leise,
It resounds, so lovely, gentle and soft,
Das spricht so zage, zart und rein,
It speaks to me, so shy, so frail and pure,
Leicht lullt die nachgeklung’ne Weise
The echo of the melody softly lulling
In wonneschweren Traum mich ein.
Me into a blissful dream.

Mein Himmel lebt in meinem Busen,
My heaven lives in my breast
Der droben ist mir Hekuba,
There is my Hecuba
Im Herzen wohnen meine Musen
The muses live in my heart
Und nimmer in Olympia.
And not on Mt. Olympus.

Mein schimmernd Aug’ — indeß mich füllen
My gleaming eye, while basking
Die süßesten der Melodien, —
In the sweetest of melodies
Sieht ohne Falten, ohne Hüllen
Without any fabric’s fold, any wraps.
Mein lächelnd Lieb’ vorüberziehn.
Watches my smiling love go by.

(Karl Friedrich Henckel, 1864-1929)

Gerald Seminatore and Brian Moll perform “Zueignung” (Richard Strauss)

From our 2016 “Tears of Gold” concert, here are tenor Gerald Seminatore and pianist Brian Moll performing “Zueignung” by Richard Strauss. The German text and an English translation appear below; simply click on the play button and then follow along.

 

ZUEIGNUNG (Dedication)

Ja, du weißt es, teure Seele,
Yes, you know it, dear soul,
Daß ich fern von dir mich quäle,
That I languish when far away from you,
Liebe macht die Herzen krank,
Love makes the heart sick,
Habe Dank.
Be thanked!

Einst hielt ich den Freiheit Zecher,
Once I held the drink of freedom
Hoch den Amethysten-Becher,
And raised up its amethyst goblet
Und du segnetest den Trank,
And you blessed the drink
Habe Dank.
Be thanked!

Und beschworst darin die Bösen,
And you took away the evil in this potion
Bis ich, was ich nie gewesen,
Until I, as I had never before felt
Heilig, heilig an das Herz dir sank,
Sank blessed upon your heart.
Habe Dank.
Be thanked!

Hermann von Gilm (1864-1949)

THE NOT QUITE PARIS CABARET (Los Angeles)

Our June 24 performance of “The Not Quite Paris Cabaret” in Glendale was enthusiastically received by our audience. That put some wind at our backs for our June 29 show for the Music@MiMoDa concert series in Los Angeles.

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We are nowhere near the windmills of the Moulin Rouge in Paris. However, we will sing a song about them, and also offer many other classic European and American selections during the “Not Quite Paris Cabaret.”

PRACTICAL DETAILS

Wednesday, June 29, 8:00 pm

Entry through the Paper or Plastik Cafe, 5774 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

Open seating, no presale of tickets. You set your donation amount at the door.

Cafe refreshments for purchase, you may bring them into the show with you.

The program is family friendly, but not intended for young audiences.

Scroll down to learn more about the artists.

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American born lyric baritone BERNARDO BERMUDEZ started his musical education at The Conservatory of Music Juan Manuel Olivares in Caracas, Venezuela. His many operatic credits include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Silvio in Pagliacci,  Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Vidal in Luisa Fernanda, Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, and Morald in the North America stage premiere of Richard Wagner’s Die Feen, as part of Los Angeles Opera’s Ring Festival. Bernardo was a voice fellow at both The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara California and Opera North in New Hampshire. His singing has been recognized with awards from the the Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Competition, the Opera Buffs, and the Zachary Vocal Competition.

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Ariel_pisturino_headshot_webSoprano ARIEL PISTURINO completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California, where she performed with the Thornton Opera. She has appeared with the Long Beach Opera and other Southern California companies in roles from CarmenDon Giovanni, Nixon in China, and The Magic Flute. Most recently, Ariel appeared in the nationally acclaimed operatic event Hopscotch with the Los Angeles-based company The Industry, and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Redlands Opera Theater. She was a featured soloist on the recent Delos Records releases of “Terrain of the Heart” and the opera “Home is a Harbor” by composer Mark Abel.

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Tenor GERALD SEMINATORE is the founding Director of the Spacious Vision Song Project. He began his musical career with professional ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Emmanuel Music. Operatic engagements in the USA have included roles with the Chautauqua, Dayton, Glimmerglass, Oakland, Santa Fe, and West Bay opera companies. He made his European debut at England’s Aldeburgh Festival, and went on to become a member of the solo ensemble at the Dortmund Opera in Germany. Gerald was also a frequent guest artist at the Frankfurt am Main Opera, the Rheinland/Pfalz Theater in Kaiserslautern, and the Bremen Opera. His concert performances have included appearances with many orchestras and choral ensembles. Gerald’s singing has been recognized with numerous awards, and praised in publications such as the London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice.

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TARO WAYAMA is a Japanese born guitarist and composer. He was the First Prize winner in the 2003 Aron Green/American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition, and the Second Prize winner in the Thailand International Guitar Competition. As a composer, Taro received the award for “Best Original Score” at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for the independent film Anne Jennings. He is an active soloist and chamber musician, and has performed in Japan, Thailand, Canada, and the USA. Taro frequently collaborates with instrumentalists and singers in presenting Classical music from the Renaissance through 20th Century, as well as venturing into Folk and World music. Taro earned both his Masters and Bachelor of Music degrees at the University of Southern California, where he studied an array of master teachers including Pepe Romero and Scott Tennant.

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RON BARNETT is the Director of Music and Sacred Arts at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA. In addition to his work as an organist, choir director, and keyboard artist, Ron is active as a composer and music educator. His choral works have been published by GIA Publications and Morning Star Music Publishers. His score for A Christmas Carol (book by Barry Kornhauser) premiered at the Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) in 2001. Since its recent commercial publication, the show has enjoyed several productions across the United States. A second show, Around the World in 80 Days (book and lyrics by Julianne Homokay) premiered at the Fulton Theatre in 2007. Ron’s new show When Butter Churns to Gold (book by Peter Welkin, lyrics by Randi Wolfe) had its 2015 premiere at the Northern Sky Theatre (Fish Creek, WI). Ron’s orchestrations include the productions of Bojangles (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum) and Treasure Island (music and lyrics by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark). Sound Design credits include the Off-Broadway production of All Under Heaven starring Valerie Harper as Pearl S. Buck, and Zelda and The Last Flapper, which played in Romania and Hungary as part of the ACTIV-5 International Theatre Festival.

TEARS OF GOLD @ 51 Walden

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Critically acclaimed singers Barbara Kilduff (soprano) and Gerald Seminatore (tenor) will join their voices for two performances of “Tears of Gold,” a recital of Spanish, French, and English songs and duets. Brian Moll will partner with them at the piano.

This program offers a unique opportunity to hear world class performers in a live concert of classic songs for solo and duo voices, along with some favorites you may recognize.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Performing Arts Center
51 Walden St.
Concord, MA 01742

General admission, tickets available at the door (no advance sales).
$15 / $10 students, seniors.
www.51walden.org

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INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS

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Soprano Barbara Kilduff was a national winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions, and went on to win first prize in the Munich International Competition and the Silver Medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Barbara debuted with the Bavarian, Vienna and Hamburg State Operas as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, a role she repeated in several theaters and later at the Metropolitan Opera. In the same season she appeared as Adele in Die Fledermaus, and returned the following season as Cleopatra in Julius Caesar under Trevor Pinnock, and as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, a role she would repeat in Zurich and at La Scala. She appeared to great acclaim as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bavarian State Opera, and repeated this role in New York, San Diego, and Vienna.

Other highlights of Barbara’s career include Carmina Burana with the Saint Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, and appearances with the New York Philharmonic under Sir Colin Davis, and the National Symphony of Spain under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

As a recitalist Barbara has appeared on many artist series in the United States, and she has also presented several master classes at universities and colleges. A native of New York, she now resides with her husband and two children in Andover, Massachusetts.

 

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New England native Gerald Seminatore began his musical career as a professional chorister in Boston’s musical scene, where he performed with ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Chorus, and Emmanuel Music.

American operatic appearances have included roles with the Chautauqua, Dayton, Glimmerglass,Oakland, Santa Fe, and West Bay opera companies. Gerald made his European debut at England’s Aldeburgh Fall Festival as Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and went on to become a member of the solo ensemble at Germany’s Dortmund Opera, where he appeared in some twenty roles in opera and operetta. He was also a regular guest artist at the Frankfurt am Main Opera, the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern, and the Bremen Opera. Concert and oratorio work has included appearances with many orchestras and choral ensembles in the United States. He has appeared in more than fifty recitals in professional and university venues in the United States, England, Germany, and France.

Gerald’s performances have been praised in publications such as the London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice, and recognized with awards from the MacAllister Foundation for Opera Singers and the Metropolitan Opera National Council.

 

 

 

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Pianist Brian Moll maintains an active performance schedule while serving as Chair of Vocal and Keyboard Studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He has given recitals around the world, appearing in such prestigious halls as Vienna’s Mozartsaal, the Haydnsaal at the Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt, Austria, and Tokyo’s Lilia Hall. He has also has performed as a keyboardist with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, and the Handel & Haydn Society. Brian has also served as Assistant Conductor for productions by the Boston Lyric Opera, Opera North, and Boston Midsummer Opera.

THE NOT QUITE PARIS CABARET (Glendale, CA)

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(June 24 in Glendale, repeated in Los Angeles on June 29 for the Music@MiMoDa concert series.)

We are nowhere near the windmills of the Moulin Rough in Paris. However, we will sing a song about them, and also offer many other classic European and American selections during the “Not Quite Paris Cabaret.” In recognition of the support offered to Spacious Vision by the Worship Arts ministry at St. Mark’s, this concert will benefit the church’s partner congregation and school in Haiti.

PRACTICAL DETAILS

No presale of tickets; general admission. $20 donation is suggested, but any amount will be greatly appreciated. (Cash/check preferred.)

Table seating, cash bar with light refreshments.

The program is family friendly, but not intended for young audiences.

There is ample (free) street parking in front of the church, or in the lot behind the church off Dryden Avenue. The Parish Hall is wheelchair and walker friendly.

Scroll down to learn more about the artists.

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American born lyric baritone BERNARDO BERMUDEZ started his musical education at The Conservatory of Music Juan Manuel Olivares in Caracas, Venezuela. His many operatic credits include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Silvio in Pagliacci,  Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Vidal in Luisa Fernanda, Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, and Morald in the North America stage premiere of Richard Wagner’s Die Feen, as part of Los Angeles Opera’s Ring Festival. Bernardo was a voice fellow at both The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara California and Opera North in New Hampshire. His singing has been recognized with awards from the the Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Opera Competition, the Opera Buffs, and the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition.

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Ariel_pisturino_headshot_webSoprano ARIEL PISTURINO completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California, where she performed with the Thornton Opera. She has appeared with the Long Beach Opera and other Southern California companies in roles from CarmenDon Giovanni, Nixon in China, and The Magic Flute. Most recently, Ariel appeared in the nationally acclaimed operatic event Hopscotch with the Los Angeles-based company The Industry, and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Redlands Opera Theater. Ariel is a co-founder of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPOLA), and a frequent collaborator in performances of new works. She was a featured soloist on the recent Delos Records releases of “Terrain of the Heart” and the opera “Home is a Harbor” by composer Mark Abel.

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Tenor GERALD SEMINATORE is the founding Director of the Spacious Vision Song Project. He began his musical career with professional ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Emmanuel Music. Operatic engagements in the USA have included roles with the Chautauqua, Dayton, Glimmerglass, Oakland, Santa Fe, and West Bay opera companies. He made his European debut at England’s Aldeburgh Festival, and went on to become a member of the solo ensemble at the Dortmund Opera in Germany. Gerald was also a frequent guest artist at the Frankfurt am Main Opera, the Rheinland/Pfalz Theater in Kaiserslautern, and the Bremen Opera. His concert performances have included appearances with many orchestras and choral ensembles. Gerald’s singing has been recognized with numerous awards, and praised in publications such as the London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice.

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TARO WAYAMA is a Japanese born guitarist and composer. He was the First Prize winner in the 2003 Aron Green/American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition, and the Second Prize winner in the Thailand International Guitar Competition. As a composer, Taro received the award for “Best Original Score” at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for the independent film Anne Jennings. He is an active soloist and chamber musician, and has performed in Japan, Thailand, Canada, and the USA. Taro frequently collaborates with instrumentalists and singers in presenting Classical music from the Renaissance through 20th Century, as well as venturing into Folk and World music. Taro earned both his Masters and Bachelor of Music degrees at the University of Southern California, where he studied an array of master teachers including Pepe Romero and Scott Tennant.

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RON BARNETT is the Director of Music and Sacred Arts at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA. In addition to his work as an organist, choir director, and keyboard artist, Ron is active as a composer and music educator. His choral works have been published by GIA Publications and Morning Star Music Publishers. His score for A Christmas Carol (book by Barry Kornhauser) premiered at the Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) in 2001. Since its recent commercial publication, the show has enjoyed several productions across the United States. A second show, Around the World in 80 Days (book and lyrics by Julianne Homokay) premiered at the Fulton Theatre in 2007. Ron’s new show When Butter Churns to Gold (book by Peter Welkin, lyrics by Randi Wolfe) had its 2015 premiere at the Northern Sky Theatre (Fish Creek, WI). Ron’s orchestrations include the productions of Bojangles (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum) and Treasure Island (music and lyrics by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark). Sound Design credits include the Off-Broadway production of All Under Heaven starring Valerie Harper as Pearl S. Buck, and Zelda and The Last Flapper, which played in Romania and Hungary as part of the ACTIV-5 International Theatre Festival.

Noble House Concert on April 23

Gerald_Taro_portrait_PPC_1Upcoming Concert!

Sat. April 23, 7:30
Noble House Concerts
5705 Noble Ave., Van Nuys, CA, 91411
(818) 780-5979

Selections from “Love’s Guitar” with Taro Wayama (guitarist) and Gerald Seminatore (tenor). Songs by Benjamin Britten, Claudio Monteverdi, and Joaquin Rodrigo, with additional solo selections played by Taro and guitarist Thomas Foster.

General admission. $15 donation requested, pay what you can.

SAKURA SONGS was a great success!

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Following “Sakura Songs” on March 13 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, the artists posed for a group photo. (L-R) David Lee Ruest, violinist / Taro Wayama, guitarist / Gerald Seminatore, tenor / Marisa De Silva, soprano / Izumi Kashiwagi, pianist. We had an appreciative and enthusiastic audience, and this program was an auspicious beginning for Izumi’s new concert series at the church.

PROGRAM

SCHUBERT “An die Musik” and “Mein!”
RODRIGO “Coplas del pastor enamorado,” “Adela,” and “En Jerez de la frontera”
(Taro and Gerald)

PIAZZOLLA “Bordel-1900” from Histoire du Tango
TRAD. “Danny Boy”
(Taro and David)

TAKI “Kojo no Tsuki” (荒城の月)
HIRAI “Nara-yama” (平城山)
NAKADA “Sakura Yokocho” (さくら横ちょう)
(Izumi and Gerald)

IPPO TSUBOI
Blue smoke is flowing in Lento (煙の青い lento もながれ)
I. Spring
II. Village Girl
III. Summer
IV. Dispirited Autumn
V. January on the Iwate Light Railway
(Izumi and Marisa; this was a joint commission from the composer)

BURLEIGH “Deep River”
KOHN “On the Other Shore”
COPLAND “Zion’s Walls”
(Izumi and Gerald)

WEBBER “Pie Jesu”
(Izumi, Marisa, Gerald)

Details about the next Spacious Vision program will be announced in early April.