Salinas, CA, May 10, 2018 — The Hartnell Community Choir will present their spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel.
The choir, conducted by Robin McKee Williams, will perform “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen, “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Evening Prayer” by Ola Gjeilo, “Even When He is Silent” by Kim Arnesen and “Alleluia Tropus” by Arvo Part.
The program includes soloists from the east coast, San Francisco Bay area and Monterey Peninsula. The Gabrielle Ensemble from the Monterey Peninsula will be the guest orchestra for the performance. The choir is comprised of professional and volunteer singers.
The Hartnell Community Choir was originally affiliated with Hartnell Community College and is now an independent organization that has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Steinbeck Center, Hartnell College and local churches.
Building upon the solid backbone of a small ensemble, McKee Williams includes soloists and instrumentalists to fulfill her goal of enriching the community with beautiful music, while showcasing local talent and other world-class musicians she has met through her participation in the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) mentoring program for conducting.
This summer, the Hartnell Community Choir will sing at the Ely Cathedral under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop, formerly of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir was invited to sing in the Great Britain Choral Festival in Cambridgeshire, England commemorating the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War 1. And, the choir will sing at the Vatican in June 2019 in the Rome Choral Festival.
Baritone Krassen Karigiozov will open the program singing “Nemicco della patria” by Andrea Chenier accompanied by pianist Marina Thomas. Professor Karigiozov has sung operatic roles with New York City Opera, San Jose Opera, and the Spoleto Opera Festival. Born in Bulgaria, he has participated in and won international competitions in voice and piano.
Kiril Havezov will sing “En Sourdine” by Gabriel Faure. Havezov is from Bulgaria and has sung roles on the stages of the most prestigious opera houses in Bulgaria. He has sung as a permanent guest soloist at the Sofia National Opera as well as sung operatic roles in the United States and China.
Mezzo-soprano Veronica Jense is one of the featured soloists as well. She recently premiered the “Tale of Lady Thi Kinh” by PQ Phan and sang roles with Peoria Symphony’s production of “Cosi fan tutte.” Soprano Jody Lee, originally from Canada and now a resident of the Monterey Peninsula, is the featured soloist for “Song of the Angel” by John Tavenor.
Soprano Cora Franz, from Baltimore, Maryland, is the soloist for “The Dark Night of the Soul” by Ola Gjeilo. Anna Yelizarova, an international opera singer will, sing “Amour! Viens Aider” by C. Saint-Saens.
The Gabrielle Ensemble and is led by violinist Eldar Hudiev, and includes Astrid Huala, violin, John Wineglass, viola, Amy Anderson, cello and Alesksey Klyusknik, bass. Stewart Reynolds will play saxophone in the “Evening Prayer” by Ola Gjeilo. Marina Thomas and George Peterson are the featured pianists.
There is a suggested donation of $25. For more information, call 831-649-0992.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901