Britten in Song: A note for our audience

britten100Concertos“Britten in Song” is today! Nov. 10 at 5:00 at The Parish Church of St. Mark, Episcopal in Glendale, 1010 N. Brand Blvd. It will be a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s repertoire for the solo voice. Not only is the repertoire varied, but so are the voices! Sopranos Bianca Hall and Ariel Pisturino, tenor Arnold Geis, and baritone David Castillo are all uniquely compelling vocalists and performers. Add to this the talents of internationally acclaimed tenor Jonathan Mack and the pianistic finesse of Kristof van Grysperre, and the only possible result is an extraordinary recital.

This is a general admission event, and no tickets are
required. We don’t know what is in your hearts, or your budget, but we are counting on visitors to make some sort of donation to help us cover the costs of this event. We would gratefully accept cash or a check, as is convenient.

Parking is free in the church parking lot (behind the church on Dryden) and on adjacent streets. Refreshments or a light meal before or after the program are available at Recess, only a few steps away from the church on Brand Blvd.

There will be a brief pre-concert talk about Britten and his music at 5:00, and then it’s off to the races! We hope to see you.

Our “Britten in Song” Artists: Bianca Hall

Soprano BIANCA HALL is an active early music performer, and has appeared in various festivals around the country, including the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and Bianca_Hall_headshot_2in concert series including the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society with the instrumental ensemble Ciaramella. In addition to her ensemble work, she has performed the roles of Drusilla (Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea), Cherubino (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) and both Dido and the Sorceress (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas). In the realm of contemporary music, Bianca performed in the L.A. Microfest in 2011 and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Made in L.A. 2012 exhibition. Bianca is a soloist and chorister with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble and Bach Collegium San Diego, a founding member and co-director of the Natur Early Music Ensemble, and a soloist at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Newport Beach.