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2018 Recital: Vocal Series

January

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Phoenix Performance Symposium
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute

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Friday January 19 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Arias by Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Mendelssohn, Wagner and others as well as French and American composers.

BASOTI is an educational institute providing skills for pre-professional singers for a career in opera. By deepening our students’ sense of artistic fulfillment and through high-quality public performances, BASOTI contributes to the evolution of opera and song as vital, contemporary art forms.

February

Nicole Takesono

Nicole and Kris Palmer

 

Saturday February 10, 4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Nicole Takesono was born and raised on the island of O’ahu in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i. After attending the prestigious Punahou preparatory school, she attended Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her B.A. in Music.

April

Vanessa Langer, soprano, and Vera Breheda, piano

Vanessa Langer, soprano, Vera Breheda,
Saturday April 7, 4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Praised for her “flexible and multi-hued voice” (-San Francisco Classical Voice) and “enormous stage presence” (-New Classical LA), Soprano Vanessa Langer, an active voice in the baroque and contemporary classical music scene, enjoys a close working relationship with emerging composers from around the world.  Her work has been recognize through various awards and fellowships including a Winter Music Creative Residency at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the New Horizon Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival & School, the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in the Arts and the Albert King Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has given more than 30 world premieres and appeared under the auspices of the Stanford New Ensemble, The Legion of Honor Listening Series, The San Francisco Presidio Sessions, Composer’s Inc. Bamm! Festival and San Francisco Music Day.

Vera Breheda , born in Hamburg, Germany of Ukrainian parents, came to the U.S at age three. She spent her early childhood in Buffalo, New York where piano and dance consumed most of her after school time. Her early memories were of her parents singing folk songs of their native Ukraine. At age 11, Vera’s family moved to San Francisco where she soon became a scholarship piano student of Alma Harrington, Adolph Baller, and Marcus Gordon. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Within several years, she was soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in a special youth concert. She continued her studies with Martin Canin at SUNY Stony Brook, and Leonard Shure in Boston, and in 1983 gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Recital Hall). Performing music of many styles, from Baroque to 21st century, Vera Breheda’s concertizing has taken her from San Francisco, to New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as to Germany Austria, Czechoslovakia, Japan and Russia. Vera Breheda has appeared as soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Thalia Orchestra in Seattle, the Kensington Symphony, the Diablo Valley Philharmonic, and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Phoenix Performance Symposium
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute

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Saturday April 14 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Arias by Mozart, Gounod, Massenet, Mascagni, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Barber, and Copeland.

BASOTI is an educational institute providing skills for pre-professional singers for a career in opera. By deepening our students’ sense of artistic fulfillment and through high-quality public performances, BASOTI contributes to the evolution of opera and song as vital, contemporary art forms.

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Phoenix Performance Symposium
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute

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Sunday April 29 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Arias by Mozart, Offenbach, Weber, Saint-Saëns, Wagner.

BASOTI is an educational institute providing skills for pre-professional singers for a career in opera. By deepening our students’ sense of artistic fulfillment and through high-quality public performances, BASOTI contributes to the evolution of opera and song as vital, contemporary art forms.

June

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Phoenix Performance Symposium
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute

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Friday June 8 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Arias by Mozart, Verdi, Ponchielli, Wagner, R. Strauss, Berg, Schumann, and J. Strauss.

BASOTI is an educational institute providing skills for pre-professional singers for a career in opera. By deepening our students’ sense of artistic fulfillment and through high-quality public performances, BASOTI contributes to the evolution of opera and song as vital, contemporary art forms.

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Phoenix Performance Symposium
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute

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Sunday June 10 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Arias by Puccini, Massenet, Menotti, and other favorite arias to end the
Phoenix Recital Symposium 2018.

BASOTI is an educational institute providing skills for pre-professional singers for a career in opera. By deepening our students’ sense of artistic fulfillment and through high-quality public performances, BASOTI contributes to the evolution of opera and song as vital, contemporary art forms.

September

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Gayatri Venkatesan (soprano) in concert

Gayatri

Saturday September 1, 7:30 p.m.

Gayatri recently graduated from San Jose State University.  During her time there, she actively participated in the San Jose State Opera Theater program, where she played roles such as Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Maria (Westside Story), and Marie (The Daughter of the Regiment).  She has also participated in the Opera Chorus at Silicon Valley Community Opera production of Madame Butterfly in Spring of 2015  Additionally, she has been singing with the choir at the Union Church of Cupertino under the direction of Dr. Ross Hoksbergen since June of 2016.

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