Cielo, Tierra y Mar | Heaven, Earth and Sea - April 27 & 28, 2019
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Immerse yourself in the wonder of natural phenomena expressed through the music of Osvaldo Golijov, Eriks Eenvalds, and Eric Whitacre, performed by Singers in Accord, led by guest director Ahmed Anzaldúa. Featuring the regional premiere of Golijov's "Oceana," the chorale will be joined by classical soprano Rhea Olivaccé, accompanied by orchestra and acoustic guitarists Eva Beneke and Milena Petkovic.
From the depths of the ocean, to the tundra, to the desertthese places represent an emotional connection with the eternal, and open our hearts to the mystery of natural marvels. Join us for the premiere of this extraordinary work, and be transported to vast spaces that are far removed from daily life.
ABOUT GUEST CONDUCTOR AHMED ANZALDÚA:
Ahmed Anzaldúa is a Mexican choral conductor, classical pianist, and music educator of Egyptian descent. He is an active musician, performing in Mexico and the United States frequently as a soloist and conductor with choirs, orchestras, in recitals, and as a collaborative pianist. He currently lives in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the director and founder of Border CrosSing, an organization dedicated to integrating historically-segregated audiences, repertoire, and musicians through the performance of choral music. He is also a co-editor of the Justice Choir songbook.
ABOUT FEATURED MUSICIANS:
Rhea Olivaccé (Featured soloist): Soprano Rhea Olivaccé is known for her "vibrant color" and "vivacious abandon." Ms. Olivaccé's work as a concert and recital soloist has been widely recognized in performing such works as the Mozart, Brahms, Handel's Messiah, and Strauss' Four Last Songs. She has graced the world-renowned stages of Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Ms. Olivaccé is an alum of the AIMS program in Graz, Austria, where she was a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition in 2016. She is currently an assistant professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Eva Beneke (Featured guitarist): Berlin-born guitarist Eva Beneke is a classically trained musician, arranger, composer and international performer. Eva has performed with country singer Carrie Underwood, conductor Kent Nagano, guitarist Scott Tennant, the BBC-award winning vocalists "Only Men Aloud" and Twin Cities hip-hop artist Dessa, to name a few. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she received a doctorate with honors from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 2012, Guitar Salon International released her second album, In Dulci Jubilo - A Classical Guitar Christmas, which was featured on Christmas Eve 2012 on American National Public Radio.
Milena Petkovic (Featured guitarist): Milena Petkovic was born in Prizren, Serbia. She began playing classical guitar at the age of eleven. She frequent soloist in various chamber ensembles (guitar duo, duo with flute, violin and clarinet) and has participated in numerous national, international music festivals and master classes. Milena has received numerous awards for her work. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, and Performer Diploma and Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and is currently in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota School of Music.
ABOUT SINGERS IN ACCORD:
Singers in Accord is uniquely structured as a singer-led choral ensemble that collaborates with a new conductor in each concert to create distinctive concert experiences for its audience. The mission of the 40-voice auditioned chorale is to enrich lives and build community through the power of choral music. It strives to enrich the cultural life of Minnesota communities through outreach, education, and innovative performances. It is a 501(C) (3) nonprofit corporation. Your Donations support our artistic mission and community outreach efforts. For more information, please visit: www.singersinaccord.org
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