THE STRANGENESS YOU FEEL–Information and Artist Bios


A musical investigation of desire. You may hear an operetta duet, a familiar or unknown musical theater selection, an Italian popular song, or even a country and western trio.

 

Friday, June 29, 7:30 pm
Parish Hall, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
1020 N. Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA

General admission, no tickets needed. Donations requested, $20 suggested
(Cash or check payable to St. Mark’s preferred)

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RON BARNETT is Director of Music and Sacred Arts at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glendale. In addition to his work as an organist, choir director, and keyboard artist, Ron is active as a composer. His full-length musicals as composer include: Manson’s Girls with book by Scott Guy, lyrics by Mitch Glaser, which won a “Pick of the Fringe” award and the ALNM Award for Outstanding Songwriting during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018; A Christmas Carol with book by Barry Kornhauser, published in 2013 by Dramatic Publishing Company, and; When Butter Churns to Gold, which premiered in 2015 at Northern Sky Theatre in Door County, WI. His choral music is published by MorningStar, GIA, and Lorenz. Ron is currently a member of New Musicals Inc. in North Hollywood. Along with lyricist Greg Edwards, he was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 Fred Ebb Prize.

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Venezuelan-American singer BERNARDO BERMUDEZ has recently begun to essay roles and repertoire for the tenor voice. He is a long-time crossover performer with a wide repertoire of songs in English and Spanish. As a lyric baritone, his roles have included Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Diego Rivera in Frida, Silvio in Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, and Schaunard in La Boheme. He participated as a voice fellow in summer festivals at The Music Academy of the West, Opera North, and Opera NEO. Bernardo was a finalist in the Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Opera Competition, an Opera Buffs Grant recipient, a semifinalist in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, a recipient of the Doug Acker Memorial Vocal Scholarship, and a winner in the Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition. (www.bernardobermudez.com)

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The Los Angeles Times hailed soprano ARIEL PISTURINO as “an impressive young discovery” following her debut performance as Nancy T’ang in Long Beach Opera’s production of Nixon in China. An advocate of contemporary works and collaborations with composers, Ariel performed the role of the Lover in The Industry’s nationally acclaimed production of HOPSCOTCH, and created the role of Laurie in Mark Abel’s opera Home is a Harbor, released on Delos Records. She also collaborated with Abel on his song cycle Five Rilke Songs for the album Terrain of the Heart, also on Delos. Recently, Ariel created the role of Rosina Brandram in a newly written Gilbert and Sullivan review Hail Poetry with Opera a la Carte. She also premiered a new song cycle, Dewdrops, by Alex Miller.

Ariel co-founded the performance troupe Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPLA) and the summer concert series unSUNg, focusing on new and unknown vocal music. Highlights of her work with COPLA include the commission and premiere of The Last Silent Voice by George N. Gianopoulos, and performances of Ned Rorem’s Three Sisters who are not Sisters. Other credits include her performances with Long Beach Opera in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth, the premiere of the electronic opera The Master and Margarita by Russian composer Gamma Skupinsky, and the premiere of the oratorio Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides by Neely Bruce.

Ariel also performs more traditional operatic roles such as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Micaëla (Carmen), and Second Lady (The Magic Flute). She has also been heard as the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Rutter Gloria. (www.arielpisturino.com)

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The American tenor GERALD SEMINATORE’s first public appearances were in musical theater roles, and as a cover band singer. He began his professional musical career with ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Emmanuel Music. After completing his formal training, he went on to operatic engagements with the Chautauqua, Dayton, Glimmerglass, Oakland, Santa Fe, and West Bay opera companies. Gerald made his European debut at England’s Aldeburgh Festival, and then went on to become a member of the solo ensemble at the Dortmund Opera in Germany. He was also a frequent guest artist at the Frankfurt am Main Opera, the Rheinland Pfalz Theater in Kaiserslautern, and the Bremen Opera. His operatic repertoire has embraced a wide range of roles in works by Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Chausson, Janáček, Britten, Stravinsky, Strauss, and others. 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. Recent collaborations include recital appearances with pianist Brian Moll in Boston, and with guitarist Taro Wayama in Los Angeles. Gerald is a teacher of vocal and performance techniques for college age and pre-professional singers and is currently a member of the Vocal Arts faculty at Georgia Southern University.

 

Ariel Pisturino and Ron Barnett perform “La vie en rose” (Edith Piaf)

Though we are currently on hiatus, we will continue to share selected audio and video files from our 2016 programs. From “The Not Quite Paris Cabaret” at MiMoDa in Los Angeles, here are Ariel Pisturino and Ron Barnett performing Edith Piaf’s classic “La vie en rose” (French and English). Click on the play button below to hear the live audio recording.

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.

SONGS FOR THE NATIVITY Program Information

TIME: Sunday, Dec. 20, 4:00 pm
VENUE: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA

PROGRAM: Something a little different than arrangements or covers of the same handful of classics. We will present rarely heard holiday-themed songs and arias by J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Michael Head, Joaquin Rodrigo, Peter Warlock, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others, as well as Spanish villancicos, carols by Alfred Burt, and a few American standards for audience participation! The ambience of historic St. Mark’s Church provides a superb and intimate setting for this unusual program, performed by three acclaimed singers, a pianist, and a guitarist.

TICKETS: There is no pre-sale of tickets. General admission / open seating by donation. $20 is suggested, but any amount will be greatly appreciated. Cash preferred, checks accepted.

There is ample (free) street parking in front of the church, or in the lot behind the church off Dryden Ave. The church is wheelchair and walker friendly.

Scroll down to learn more about the artists. We hope to greet you personally at the concert!

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Tenor GERALD SEMINATORE is the 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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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 since performed with the Long Beach Opera and other regional opera 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. Upcoming roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Redlands Opera Theater. Ariel is a co-founder of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPOLA), and a frequent collaborator in performances of new works. She was a featured soloist on the Delos Records release “Terrain of the Heart” by composer Mark Abel, released in 2014.

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E_Scott_Levin_headshotBass-Baritone E. SCOTT LEVIN completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. He began his singing career in St. Louis, where he sang in over twenty productions with Union Avenue Opera. Since moving to Los Angeles, Scott has performed regularly with the Pacific Opera Project, and also appeared with Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Celestial Opera, Center Stage Opera, and the Redlands Opera Theater. This season he made his debut as the Sacristan in Tosca with the Townsend/Fresno Opera, and his Los Angeles Opera “Off-Grand” debut as Babayan (Bartolo) in Figaro 90210! Most recently, Scott had his Los Angeles Opera main stage debut as Dr. Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, starring Placido Domingo and directed by Woody Allen. Scott is also the co-founder of Chamber Opera Players of LA (COPOLA).

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Taro_portrait_cropped_webTARO 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 a 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 with Pepe Romero, William Kannengiser, James Smith, Brian Head, and Scott Tennant.

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RON BARNETT is the Director of Music and Sacred Arts at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
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 Fulton 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 has also scored over two dozen shows for regional children’s theatre, some of which have toured nationally, been performed at the Producer’s Association of Children’s Theatre in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington, and been nominated for TCG awards. Ron’s orchestrations include the world premiere 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 has played in Romania and Hungary as part of an ACTIV-5 international theatre festival.

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: 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”–Dec. 21, 2014 in Pasadena, CA

LED-Plastic-Christmas-StarThe Christmas holiday is a time for music! It seems that traditional songs and carols are heard everywhere we go. We can take comfort in familiar tunes, but may also wish to hear something a bit different to refresh our holiday spirit.

Our 2014 holiday concerts will offer listeners a singular and refreshing musical experience. Rarely heard songs and carols by composers such as Benjamin Britten, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Ralph Vaughn Williams will be performed, along with rare English carols, Italian laude, and Spanish villancicos. Warm and intimate carols by jazz musician Alfred Burt will add a further glow to the evening.

Singers for these concerts will include baritones Bernardo Bermudez and Anthony Moreno, soprano Ariel Pisturino, and tenor Gerald Seminatore. Pianist and conductor Kristof van Grysperre (Long Beach Opera) returns for his second Spacious Vision appearance.

Sunday, December 21, 5:00 p.m.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3740 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

(A second holiday concert date in Long Beach will take place on Dec. 19 at Elise’s Tea Room; details here on the site. )

To help us meet the incidental costs of this event, donations are requested from our audience members. $20 is suggested, though contributions in any amount will be gratefully accepted. PayPal donations are also welcome; please direct any PayPal donations to the email address spaciousvision@outlook.com.

We hope to see you in the audience!