Gerald Seminatore and Ron Barnett perform “September Song” (Kurt Weill)

Though currently on hiatus, we will continue to share some of the audio and video from our 2016 programs. For “The Not Quite Paris Cabaret” in Los Angeles, Gerald Seminatore and Ron Barnett performed Kurt Weill’s “September Song.” Click on the play button below to hear the live audio recording.

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Barbara Kilduff and Brian Moll perform songs of Fernando Obradors

Though it’s now 2017, we are still processing a wealth of audio files from 2016 programs. There were many strong performances last year, and we will share some of these over the next few months. From our “Tears of Gold” concert, here are two selections from Fernando Obradors collection of “Classical Spanish Songs.” The performers are soprano Barbara Kilduff and pianist Brian Moll. (Spanish texts and English translations are provided below.)

SPANISH TEXT
Dame, Amor, besos sin cuento
Asido de mis cabellos
Y mil y ciento tras ellos
Y tras ellos mil y ciento
Y después…
De muchos millares, tres!
Y porque nadie lo sienta
Desbaratemos la cuenta
Y… contemos al revés.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Give me, Love, kisses without number,
as the number of hairs on my head,
and give me a thousand and a hundred after that,
and a hundred and a thousand after that…
and after those…
many thousands… give me three more!
And so that no one feels bad…
Let us tear up the tally
and begin counting backwards!

SPANISH TEXT
¿Corazón, porqué pasáis
Las noches de amor despierto
Si vuestro dueño descansa
En los brazos de otro dueño?

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
My heart, why do lie awake
during nights of love,
if your master rests
in the arms of another lover?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

At this time, Spacious Vision is on hiatus; our members have a lot of other work and projects going on. Our aspiration is to announce some new programs early in 2017; please continue to follow/subscribe to this page for updates.

For our visitors, here are two songs from past holiday concerts. Barbara Kilduff sings Donald Hope’s”Lullay thou little tiny child,” a rarely heard setting of the traditional Coventry Carol. Gerald Seminatore sings “The Oxen” by Ralph Vaughn Williams (poem by Thomas Hardy).

You should not need the SoundCloud app to hear these (though you may see a prompt suggesting this).

We are certainly grateful for all of the interest and support of our audience and page visitors over the past year, and sincerely wish our visitors a joyful and musical holiday season.

 

On Hiatus

July’s “Tears of Gold” program in Massachusetts was warmly received by our audience, as was June’s “The Not Quite Paris Cabaret” in Los Angeles. With “Sakura Songs” in March, ten artists have participated this year in three different Spacious Vision programs.

At this time, our core members on both coasts are working through a number of commitments and transitions. So we are taking a hiatus, but expect to announce new programs by year’s end. We will also have some audio and video footage to share in the near future. In the meantime, you are invited to visit our YouTube channel to check out some of our past work.  Thanks for visiting!

(Photo: Brian Moll and Barbara Kilduff rehearse for “Tears of Gold.”)

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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.