A lecture-recital authored by core group members John Seesholtz and Gerald Seminatore was presented today at the National Conference of the College Music Society. A large audience was introduced to the AIDS Quilt Songbook, and heard performances by John and Gerald of songs by Annea Lockwood, John Harbison, and Chris DeBlasio. It was well received and stimulated further discussion among some of the attendees.
Activity 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!
Thanks to the SoundCloud music sharing service, we are pleased to share several recordings of performances from recent Spacious Vision programs.
You can hear soprano Barbara Kilduff and tenor Gerald Seminatore, along with pianist Libor Dudas, in selections from our recent New Year Concert at Bowdoin College. The program included songs by George Frederic Handel, Hugo Wolf, Peter Warlock, John Jacob Niles, and others.
Our 2012 concerts for World AIDS Day elicited deeply felt and appreciative responses from our audiences. From the SoundCloud page, you may stream readings and songs from the AIDS Quilt Songbook, as well as songs by Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, John Duke, Carlisle Floyd, and Richard Hundley. Performers include actress Diana Burbano, pianist Christopher Reed, baritone John Seesholtz, and tenor Gerald Seminatore.
(TIP for new visitors: The orange arrow button on the left side of each waveform graphic is the “Play” icon. Click there and wait a second or two for playback to begin.)