SONGS FOR THE NATIVITY Postlude

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“Songs for the Nativity” was a critic’s pick in both the Glendale News Press and La Crescenta Weekly. That helped get lots of folks through the door of St. Mark’s Church on Dec. 20. During the program there was much applause, many smiles, and even a few tears. Soaring voices, soulful guitar, and the keyboard artistry of Ron Barnett merged into a unique and heartfelt musical experience.

The audience reviews were also enthusiastic!

  • “How wonderful to hear some unfamiliar songs sung so beautifully.”
  • “I really enjoyed all of the singers, and the guitar as well.”
  • “I have never heard singing like this before at a concert. I am so glad to have had this experience.”
  • “You didn’t only sing, you told us stories, which I really appreciated.”
  • “Please come back again next year. I will make sure to bring more people with me!”
  • “This kind of live singing certainly means more to me than listening to Christmas songs on my iPhone.” 

Judging by these comments, “Songs for the Nativity” connected with the audience on a number of levels. That is the aspiration of every Spacious Vision performance.

For our friends further afield, audio and video excerpts will be available online at a later date. You may also click here to read the Songs for the Nativity Printed Concert program.

Our next program is scheduled for March 13, 2016. More information will be posted soon.

Happy Holidays to all our visitors!

Songs for the Nativity

Our Dec. 20, 2015 concert Songs for the Nativity will feature Los Angeles singers E. Scott Levin (baritone), Ariel Pisturino (soprano), and Gerald Seminatore (tenor), along with Ron Barnett (piano and organ) and Taro Wayama (guitar). The program will include rare arias and songs by J.S. Bach, John Jacob Niles, Joaquin Rodrigo, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others, as well as medieval carols and a few audience sing-along favorites. If you are in the Glendale area, mark your calendars now! (Details on the promotional image below.)

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Concert film: Gerald Seminatore and Taro Wayama perform songs of John Dowland

On their April 2015 concert at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, guitarist Taro Wayama and tenor Gerald Seminatore opened the program with three “ayres” by English lutenist John Dowland (1563-1626). These songs from the twilight of the Elizabethan era are wonderfully expressive examples of the conventions of courtly love in art music.

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Flow my tears
Can she excuse my wrongs?

Click here to view.

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Upcoming Webcasts of “Carols Rare and Bright” on Jan. 1, 3

SV_Elises_Group_PhotoThe audience response to “Carols Rare and Bright” was so enthusiastic, we have decided to air a Webcast of the program on Jan. 1 and Jan. 3.

“Carols Rare and Bright” features rarely heard solo songs and carols from composers such as Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Joaquin Rodrigo. A highlight of the concert are performances of carols by jazz musician Alfred Burt. This music is still very much in season; after all, Twelfth Night (the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas) does not fall until Jan. 5!

Singers for these concerts are baritones Bernardo Bermudez and Anthony Moreno, sopranos Ariel Pisturino and Susan Mohini Kane, and the critically acclaimed tenor Gerald Seminatore. Pianist Kristof van Grysperre, Associate Conductor at the Long Beach Opera, presides over the program. This is an extraordinary lineup of vocal and musical talent!

New Year’s Day broadcast: Jan. 1, 2015, 7:30 pm EST (4:30 Pacific)

Re-broadcast: Jan. 3, 2015, 10:30 pm EST (7:30 Pacific)

(The program is approximately 90 minutes, with an intermission.)

The printed program may viewed or downloaded by clicking here: SV_Carols_program_abridged

To view a broadcast online, you need a reliable Internet connection. Click on the link below, and then create a Concert Window login. It’s a quick and easy thing to do. This is a “pay what you want” event; the minimum ticket price of $1 allows us to track the number of visitors and viewers. However, we suggest a donation of at least $10 so that we might recoup some of the expenses involved with producing this program. You can also leave a “Tip” at any time during the concert.

https://www.concertwindow.com/74239-spacious-vision-song-project

We hope that you will stop by this event, so that we can share some heartfelt singing with you!

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.