June update for our visitors

busy-pic-575x444Activity on our collaborative Spacious Vision projects has cooled for a bit, primarily because the members of our collective have been occupied with several other projects professional and personal. We ARE working on new events for Fall 2013. In the meantime, here are a few updates on our artists and their recent activities, in alphabetical order:

Actress DIANA BURBANO and her partner Tom Shelton’s new play “Silueta” was just produced and recognized by the jury at the Summer Great Plains Theater Festival in Omaha, NE.

Mezzo PAMELA DELLAL recently appeared in recital in Tucson, AZ, as well as performances of medieval Spanish music with the Newberry Consort at the Boston Early Music Festival.

Pianist BRIAN MOLL has taken it a bit easy during a long recovery period from skeletal injuries sustained this past December. But he is now back at the keyboard at the Longy School and in other venues. We expect to collaborate with Brian again very soon and are thrilled that he is back on his game.

Pianist CHRIS REED has been working at the Taos Opera Institute in Taos, NM before beginning his residency with the annual SongFest program at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. And then it’s off to the Eastman School of Music, where he will begin his D.M.A. studies in Fall 2013!

Baritone JOHN SEESHOLTZ just completed a May run of rehearsals and performances of Gounod’s opera “Faust” with the Fort Collins Opera.

Tenor GERALD SEMINATORE will appear on the “unSung” series of contemporary music concerts in Glendale, CA in July. For much of 2013 he has been occupied with family responsibilities in New England, while also attending to his students at his teaching appointments in Southern California. In August 2013 he will also join the faculty of the Shasta College Summer Vocal Institute in Northern California.

Other affiliated Spacious Vision artists (Soprano Barbara Kilduff, Counter-tenor Caleb Barnes, mezzo Lauren Edwards, and pianist Libor Dudas) are currently busy with various concerts, programs, and teaching activities, including the Green Mountain Opera Festival, the Vancouver Early Music Festival, international travel, and other interesting work. All of which is to say that we are all roaming far and wide, and keeping ourselves busy!

Organizing our collaborative work in one place and aligning our schedules is proving to be a challenge, but we plan to come together in the fall to resume our programming. More details as they are available. Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE: Gerald, John, and Chris will be performing together at the College Music Society’s National Conference in October, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA. Additional Boston events around that trip are almost sure to happen!

Inaugural Concert

Sunday, July 29, 7:30 PM  
LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC OF BARD COLLEGE
Pickman Concert Hall
27 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
www.longy.edu   (Tickets not required)

Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano
Gerald Seminatore, tenor
Brian Moll, piano

BRITTEN
Purcell Realizations  (Dellal, Seminatore)
A Charm of Lullabies 
(Dellal)
Winter Words
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Canticle Two “Abraham and Isaac”  (Dellal, Seminatore)

This program presented concert arrangements of songs by Henry Purcell, magical spells, and musical setttings of poems by Thomas Hardy. The spectacular, quasi-operatic Canticle “Abraham and Isaac” is Britten’s musical setting of a Chester Mystery Play from the 14th century.

(We are pleased to say that Pickman Hall was nearly full, the applause was enthusiastic, and the Britten Canticle was successfully performed from memory!)

The Core Group (Sept. 2012)

The core group of THIS SPACIOUS VISION includes four singers and two pianists. As projects develop, other artists may be added to this group. In addition to the core group, other people will join us for individual concerts as time goes by.

Here we are, along with some links to more information about us!

TONY CHO (piano). Concerts in notable venues around the United States and beyond. Assistant conductor and coach/pianist at Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Juilliard Opera Center, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, and others. Faculty, Chapman University.

Click here for Tony Cho’s Artist Biography.  View a video of Tony playing
Robert Muczynski’s “Time Pieces” op. 43.

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PAMELA DELLAL (mezzo-soprano). Acclaimed soloist with Emmanuel Music, Handel and Haydn Society, Musicians of Old Post Road, American Bach Society, Sequentia, others. Extensive discography.  Faculty, Brandeis University.

Click here to visit Pamela Dellal’s website. Hear audio recordings of Pamela
(works by Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, and others).

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BARBARA KILDUFF (soprano). Acclaimed soprano with appearances at Metropolitan Opera, La Scale, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera. Soloist with many orchestras. Active recitalist.

Click here to visit Barbara Kilduff’s website. Here, Barbara performs the “Mad Scene” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

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BRIAN MOLL (piano). Pianist in recitals in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Japan, and the United States. Assistant Conductor for Boston Lyric Opera and Opera North. Chair of Vocal and Keyboard Studies, Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Click here for Brian Moll’s Artist Biography. Here, Brian accompanies Barbara Kilduff in Hundley’s “Will there really be a morning?”

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JOHN SEESHOLTZ (baritone). Emerging artist in opera and oratorio. Prize winner, National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist Award; finalist, San Francisco Opera Merola program. Premieres of new work at 2011 SongFest in Los Angeles. M.M. from University of Michigan, D.M.A. University of North Texas. Faculty, Colorado State University at Fort Collins.

Click here for more information about John.

Click here to see and hear John perform Carlisle Floyd’s “For I am Persuaded” (Pilgramage, No. 5)

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GERALD SEMINATORE (tenor). Critically acclaimed soloist in opera and concert throughout the United States and in Europe, including Dortmund, Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, and Bremen (Germany), as well Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, West Bay, and other theaters. Many song recitals with emphasis on the German Lied and works of Benjamin Britten and his contemporaries. Faculty, Pepperdine University.

Click here to visit Gerald Seminatore’s website.
See Gerald perform “Der Lindenbaum” from Schubert’s Winterreise with Michael Schütze, or hear him perform John Kander’s “Letter from Sullivan Ballou” with Mark Salters.

The Project

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Rather than creating a traditional website, the coordinator of the SPACIOUS VISION Song Project will post occasional entries and updates on this weblog. Visitors may easily access information about upcoming and past concerts, as well as photos and media.

SPACIOUS VISION Song Project is a bi-coastal collective of classically oriented singers and pianists. We aspire to collaboratively prepare and perform art song and vocal chamber music in a variety of venues in both Southern California and New England. You may read more about us on the “Core Group” posting on the blog Home page.

Our programming will include works by a variety of composers, but a constant for all of our programs in 2012-13 will be vocal works by English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-76), in honor of the centennial year of his birth.

Click on the “Spacious Vision Song Project” tab underneath the blog header for contact information.

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“Knows your soul a sphere,
O journeying boy,
Our rude realms far above,
Whence with spacious vision you mark and mete
This region of sin that you find you in,
But are not of?”

From: Thomas Hardy, “Midnight on the Great Western”
Set in Benjamin Britten’s song cycle Winter Words