“Songs for the Nativity” offered much more than arrangements or covers of classic holiday songs and carols. The historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA was a superb venue for an unusual program of songs and arias by J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Michael Head, Joaquin Rodrigo, Peter Warlock, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and others. There were also Spanish villancicos, carols by Alfred Burt, and even a few selections for audience participation!
The singers were baritone E. Scott Levin, soprano Ariel Pisturino, and tenor Gerald Seminatore. They were joined by pianist Ron Barnett and guitarist Taro Wayama.
The concert was a critic’s pick in both the Glendale News Press and La Crescenta Weekly, which helped get lots of folks through the door. During the performance there was much applause, many smiles, and even a few tears. Audience comments 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 singing certainly means more to me than listening to Christmas songs on my phone.”
Based on these comments, it seems that the performers connected with the audience on a number of levels. Of course, that’s the goal of every Spacious Vision performance.
The printed program is available here for viewing.