Taro Wayama and Gerald Seminatore perform April 29 in Pasadena

On Wednesday, April 29, guitarist Taro Wayama and tenor Gerald Seminatore will be hosted by the Friends of Music at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The program will include selections by Benjamin Britten, John Dowland, and Franz Schubert. pasadena-presbyterian

12:10-12:45 pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Free admission. Donations to the Friends of Music will be gratefully accepted.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

210795_212480025436007_6947082_oGuitarist and composer Taro Wayama was born in Japan. He earned both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Pepe Romero and Scott Tennant. Taro is a winner of numerous competitions, including first place in the Aron Green/American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition, and second place in the Thailand’s International Guitar Competition. As a composer, he received the award for “Best Original Score” at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for his work on the independent film “Anne Jennings.” Taro produces the classical music series for Noble House Concerts in Van Nuys, and he is an active member and performer of the Ventura Classical Guitar Society. He also performs with guitarist Thomas Foster as part of Duo Ex Ovo. The duo works with the Los Angeles Public Library and other libraries and community organizations to promote an interest in live music through concerts, lectures, and teaching activities.

gerald_seminatoreAmerican tenor Gerald Seminatore began his 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 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. Further engagements in Europe include the Bremen Opera, the opera of Frankfurt am Main, and the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern. Gerald’s concert performances have included appearances as a soloist with many orchestras and choral ensembles, and he has many song recitals throughout the United States and Europe to his credit. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, and praised in publications such as the London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice.

Two Villancicos, sung by Bernardo Bermudez and Anthony Moreno

pianoFor our 2014 program “Carols Rare and Bright,” Bernardo Bermudez and Anthony Moreno sang rarely performed villancicos (Spanish language Christmas songs). These wonderful songs deserve a wider audience, and here are two selections from our salon at Elise’s in Long Beach, CA. For this concert, Kristof Van Grysperre played a restored Hamburg Steinway grand piano from 1890.

JUAN PLAZA (1898-1965, Venezuela)

“Trinan las aves” (The Birds Sing)
Sung by Bernardo Bermudez

The birds sing with great joy;
They announce that
Jesus the Messiah is coming.
The prairie prepares itself,
Putting on a gallant dress of
Colorful flowers.

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JOAQUÍN RODRIGO  (1901-99, Spain)

“Colplillas de Belen” (Carols of Bethlehem)
Sung by Anthony Moreno

If the palm tree knew that
A star had fallen from heaven
To light a child sleeping
In a stable, it would offer
Its green leaves to fan
The baby in its cradle.

The Virgin prays and sings,
And the baby smiles sweetly.
How sorrowful the palm tree
Would be, if it knew what was
Yet to come.

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A playlist of selections from “Carols Rare and Bright” is available at the Spacious Vision channel on the SoundCloud music service. Videos from past programs may also be viewed at the Spacious Vision YouTube channel.

Audience information for “Carols Rare and Bright” on Dec. 19 and Dec. 21

LED-Plastic-Christmas-StarFor our visitors this week, here is all the information you might need about our upcoming performances of “Carols Rare and Bright.”

During the Christmas holiday season, traditional songs and carols are heard everywhere we go. While we may enjoy or find comfort in familiar tunes, we might also wish to refresh our holiday spirit with something new or different. Our 2014 holiday concert will offer rarely heard songs and carols by composers such as Benjamin Britten, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Ralph Vaughn Williams, along with old English carols and Spanish villancicos. Tuneful and intimate carols by jazz musician Alfred Burt will add a further glow to the evening. And there will be an opportunity for everyone to sing along!

Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The Salon at Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
(“Main Street” in Bixby Knolls)

Sunday, Dec. 21 at 5:00 p.m
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3740 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
(East Pasadena, close to Sierra Madre)

Singers for these concerts include baritones Bernardo Bermudez and Anthony Moreno, sopranos Ariel Pisturino and Susan Mohini Kane, and the critically acclaimed tenor Gerald Seminatore and pianist Kristof van Grysperre, Associate Conductor at the Long Beach Opera.

For the Dec. 19 event at Elise’s Tea Room: Tickets available only at the door. Reservations are suggested, though not required. A $20 ticket entitles the bearer to an unreserved seat, as well as tea, beverages, and an array of pastries and snacks. (A $10 student discount is available with current student ID).

A brief talk will introduce the artists and the music, and an informal reception will follow the concert. Contact the Tea Room at (562) 424-2134, or visit their website at www.elisestearoom.com for more information.

The Dec. 21 event at Trinity Presbyterian Church is a general admission event, and no tickets are required. A $20 donation is suggested, though any contribution will be gratefully accepted.

Both venues are easily accessible for visitors.

(A note for parents. While our program is certainly “family friendly,” audience members at this type of program should remain seated and quiet for the performance. If you wish to bring a younger child, please use your best judgement in this respect. We greatly appreciate your consideration.)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS (alphabetically)

American baritone Bernardo Bermudez started his musical education at the Music Conservatory of Caracas, Venezuela. He has appeared in principle operatic roles in The Barber of Seville, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Elixir of Love, The Magic Flute, Luisa Fernanda, and La Boheme. He has also sung at prestigious summer festivals such as The Music Academy of the West in California, and Opera North in New Hampshire. Bernardo’s singing has been recognized with awards from the organizations such as Opera Buffs, the Loren L. Zachary Foundation, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

A native of Belgium, Kristof van Grysperre has an international career as a pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and conductor. The Orange County Register has hailed his artistry as “gifted and stylistically impeccable.” Kristof has conducted more than forty operas, for companies such as Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera Studio, Long Beach Opera, and the Thornton School of Music. At the piano, he has collaborated with many singers and instrumentalists in recital. He is currently the Associate Music Director at Long Beach Opera.

American soprano Susan Mohini Kane (DMA) has myriad credits as a soloist in concert and recital in Southern California and around the United States. She has presented many lectures on voice performance and pedagogy at national and international conferences, and published extensively on an array of topics related to the education and training of singers.

American baritone Anthony Moreno is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. His singing has been recognized with numerous awards, including an award as Regional Finalist from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a Certificate of Special Recognition from the California State Senate. He has appeared in principal roles with the Thornton Opera, and in touring programs with Cantos de Taos.

American soprano Ariel Pisturino earned the Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she performed with the Thornton Opera. She has also performed with Long Beach Opera and other groups, including roles in John Adams’ Nixon in China, The Magic Flute, Carmen, and Don Giovanni. Ariel is a co-founder of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPLA), and the co-founding curator of the unSUNg concert series produced by LaurisList.

American tenor Gerald Seminatore began his singing career as a professional chorister with noted ensembles such as the Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. His resume includes roles with companies such as the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Chautauqua Opera in the United States, and the Dortmund, Bremen, and Frankfurt Opera theaters in Germany. Gerald’s singing has been praised in publications such as the London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice, and has been recognized with awards from organizations such as the MacAllister Foundation for Opera Singers, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the American Aldeburgh Foundation.

For a personal contact or more information, phone or Email Gerald Seminatore at
spaciousvision@outlook.com,  (207) 200-3526

“Carols Rare and Bright” Artists: Gerald Seminatore

Taso_headshot_BWAmerican tenor Gerald Seminatore began his singing career as a professional chorister with noted ensembles such as the Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. Graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music led to an operatic career, and his credits include some thirty principle and comprimario roles with companies such as the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Chautauqua Opera in the United States, and the Dortmund, Bremen, and Frankfurt Opera theaters in Germany. He has also been heard in many oratorio performances with orchestra, and in more than fifty song recitals. Gerald’s singing has been praised in publications such as the London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice, and has been recognized with awards from organizations such as the MacAllister Foundation for Opera Singers, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the American Aldeburgh Foundation.

“Carols Rare and Bright”

Click here for information about our Dec. 19 Long Beach performance.
Click here for information about our Dec. 21 Pasadena performance.

“Carols Rare and Bright” Artists: Bernardo Bermudez

BernardoHeadshot3We welcome baritone Bernardo Bermudez for his first Spacious Vision concert. Bernardo has appeared in principle roles in operas including The Barber of Seville, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Elixir of Love, The Magic Flute, Luisa Fernanda, and La Boheme. He has also sung at prestigious summer festivals such as The Music Academy of the West in California, and Opera North in New Hampshire. Bernardo’s singing has been recognized with awards from the organizations such as Opera Buffs, the Loren L. Zachary Foundation, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is a regular artist with the Education and Community Outreach programs of both the Los Angeles Opera and the San Diego Opera.

“Carols Rare and Bright”
Click here for information about our Dec. 19 Long Beach performance.
Click here for information about our Dec. 21 Pasadena performance.

“Carols Rare and Bright” Artists: Ariel Pisturino

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We welcome back American soprano Ariel Pisturino for her second Spacious Vision concert. Ariel earned the Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she performed with the Thornton Opera. She has also performed with the Long Beach Opera and other regional opera companies, in roles from CarmenDon Giovanni, Nixon in China, and The Magic Flute. Ariel is a co-founder of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPLA), and the co-founding curator of the unSUNg concert series produced by LaurisList.

“Carols Rare and Bright”

Click here for information about our Dec. 19 Long Beach performance.

Click here for information about our Dec. 21 Pasadena performance.

 

 

“Carols Rare and Bright” Artists: Anthony Moreno

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We welcome American baritone Anthony Moreno to his first Spacious Vision concert. Anthony is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. His singing has been recognized with numerous awards, including an award as Regional Finalist from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a Certificate of Special Recognition from the California State Senate. Recently, he has appeared in principle roles with the USC Thornton Opera, and in touring programs with Cantos de Taos.

Click here for information about our Dec. 19 Long Beach performance.

Click here for information about our Dec. 21 Pasadena performance.

“Carols Rare and Bright” Artists: Kristof van Grysperre and Susan Kane

Kristof van Grysperre and Susan Kane frequently collaborate as part of the classical cabaret duo “Kristof and Kane.” Their next live streaming concert via the Concert Window website is on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. PST. So we thought to feature them together in a post!

A native of Belgium, Kristof van Grysperre has an international career as a pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and conductor. 4133He  has conducted more than forty operas, for companies such as Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera Studio, Long Beach Opera, and the Thornton School of Music. At the piano, Kristof has collaborated with many singers and instrumentalists in recital. The Orange County Register has hailed his artistry as “gifted and stylistically impeccable.” He is currently the Associate Music Director at Long Beach Opera. “Carols Rare and Bright” will be Kristof’s second Spacious Vision concert.

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American soprano Susan Mohini Kane has myriad credits as a soloist in concert and recital in Southern California and around the United States. She has presented many lectures on voice performance and pedagogy at national and international conferences, and published extensively on an array of topics related to the education and training of singers.

“Carols Rare and Bright” Performances

Click here for information about our Dec. 19 Long Beach performance.

Click here for information about our Dec. 21 Pasadena performance.

Charles Ives “The Things our Fathers Loved,” performed by Gerald Seminatore

SV_Taso_Gerald_animated_singing_color_webFor the final video installment from our recent AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE concert, here is Gerald Seminatore performing “The Things our Fathers Loved,” with Mark Salters at the piano.

(Photo courtesy of Taso Papadakis)

Charles Ives (1874-1954) was one of twentieth century America’s most original composers. In more than 100 songs, Ives wove together original melodies, fragments of popular songs and hymns, and harmonies of sweet simplicity or crashing dissonance. There is a pronounced nostalgia in many songs, and often a humorous or ironic note.

“The Things our Fathers Loved” is a small masterpiece, with echoes of popular tunes such as “Dixie,” “Nettleton (Come thou, fount of every blessing),” and “In the Sweet By and By.” The song is a musical memory of a July 4 weekend in New England.

I think there must be a place in the soul
All made of tunes from long ago.

I hear the organ on the Main Street corner;
Aunt Sarah humming gospels, summer evenings;

The village cornet band playing in the square,
The town’s red, white and blue.

Now, hear the songs!
I know not what are the words,

But they sing in my soul
Of the things our fathers loved.

Click here to view Gerald’s performance of “The Things our Fathers Loved.” (The original key has been transposed for high voice.)

 

Arnold Geis performs Richard Hundley’s “Lions”

SV_Taso_Arnold_portrait_webOn our recent AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE concert, tenor Arnold Geis offered several songs by composer Richard Hundley. “Lions” (1971) is an energetic setting of Jame’s Purdy’s poem “Lions have lain in grasses before.” Arnold’s performance captured the vitality of the song, while Mark Salters rhythmically prowled at the piano.

Click here for Arnold’s performance of “Lions.”

(Photo courtesy of Taso Papadakis)