In BACH, we believe the language of music crosses all barriers. By presenting the musical heritage of various cultures along with Western Classical music through a diverse roster of ensembles, we strengthen, enrich and connect the musical communities of the Bay Area and beyond, exposing various audiences to a wide spectrum of musical genres. Seeking to resonate with generations young and old, BACH provides a vibrant, energetic environment for young artists to perform alongside seasoned professionals.
FRIDAY March 27, @ 7:30
BACH & Pro Arts Gallery Presents: Opera Recital
Please join BACH and Pro Arts Gallery for an evening of opera recital featuring music from well known operas, Joseph Hammer and Katelyn Neumann. They will be performing selective songs from composers: Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, Richard Georg Strauss , Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Gian Carlo Menotti & Gustav Mahler. Accompanied by Naomi Stine on piano.
Joseph Hammer’s voice has been described as “powerful” (BostonEdge) and as showing “warm baritone gravity” (The Boston Globe). In recent seasons, Joseph appeared in the role of Doctor Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with North Bay Opera and in the role of Wagner in Gounod’s Faust with Opera San Jose. Other highlights of his operatic repertoire include Escamillo in Carmen, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, John Proctor in The Crucible and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Joseph’s training includes the young artist program of Opera New Jersey, where he covered the role of Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He was also a member of the Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program of the Central City Opera, where he performed the role of a Guest in a new production of Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street. Joseph holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.
Joseph’s recent concert appearances as soloist include the Duruflé Requiem with the UC Berkeley University Chorus, Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Solano Symphony, Charpentier’s Te Deum with Chora Nova, and Schütz’s Symphonae Sacrae with the California Bach Society. Other previous soloist engagements include Faure’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Hadyn’s St. Nicolas Mass, and Bach’s Magnificat. www.sepphammer.com
Katelyn Neumann hails from Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Neumann has a B.A. in Music from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge. Ms. Neumann has been the recipient of numerous accolades from both local and national music organizations. Ms. Neumann has performed several operatic roles including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with BASOTI, Mother with Capitol City Opera in Atlanta in the world premiere of Curtis Bryant’s The Secret Agent, and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Capitol City Opera, to name a few. Ms. Neumann has also performed with Opera San Jose in its 2014 productions of Madama Butterfly and Don Giovanni, and looks forward to performing with them again in their upcoming production of The Magic Flute. Ms. Neumann also enjoys performing operetta and made her Lamplighters Musical Theatre debut as Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe in 2013, and performed leading roles with Lyric Theatre of San Jose as Mrs. Crocker in The Prince of Pilsen and Lady Sophy in Utopia Limited in 2014. Ms. Neumann also enjoys performing as a soloist throughout California and is excited to be performing with the Bay Area Classical Harmonies. www.katelynneumann.com
Naomi Stine began playing the piano at age four and has been surrounded by music ever since. At age twenty Ms. Stine studied piano with Dr. Bruce Cook at Diablo Valley College, and in 2004 was chosen to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 K.488 as a live soloist with the Diablo Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2006, Ms. Stine has studied piano with world renowned concert pianist Roger Woodward at San Francisco State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She earned her Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance under Roger Woodward. Ms. Stine has participated in many recitals and competitions at San Francisco State University and plans to pursue a Doctorate of Music upon her graduation in the Spring. Ms. Stine is excited and eager to pursue teaching piano to students of ages and walks of life throughout her musical career. www.vibomusicschool.com/NaomiStine.html
FRIDAY MARCH 27TH @ 7:30PM
Pro Arts Gallery
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Refreshments, wine and snacks provided.
Tickets: $18 General Admission; $15 Seniors;
$12 Student at the door
FRIDAY APRIL 17th, @ 7:30
BACH & ACC Presents: HEAVEN AND EARTH
Please join BACH and ACC for an evening of beautiful music of HEAVEN AND EARTH featuring the Vajra Voices & Angelorum Medieval Harp Ensemble, Karen Clark & CherylAnn Fulton, Directors. They will be performing music of HILDEGARD VON BINGEN.
Vajra Voices comes together to perform early to modern music for women’s voices. Holding the questions of what makes historical music ‘authentic’ each individual in the ensemble contributes her unique voice, knowledge and expertise to make the meaning and expression of ancient western traditions relevant to our modern sensibilities. An attempt to understand context in the time the music is composed, its intended purpose, and how best to bring the meaning and expression forward to modern ears is of primary importance to Vajra Voices.
We begin with music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)— known as the Sybil of the Rhine— wherein we develop our own transcriptions from original manuscripts. Our program of French Troubadour and Trouvere repertory stems from our studies of the Poetria Nova of the 13th century rhetorician Geoffrey Vinsauf. Other programs on the horizon expand into the 21st century to include music of John Tavener, and Estonian composers, Veljo Tormis and Arvo Part.
The Bay area women’s ensemble Vajra Voices performs medieval to modern music in a singing style inspired by Hildegard von Bingen that is “clear, sweet, and strong.” In 2010, Vajra Voices debuted in the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and returned to the Festival in 2014 with the harp ensemble Angelorum, for an enthralling standing-room-only audience at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Following that concert Vajra Voices was engaged to sing for the Choral Eucharist celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the ordination of the first women ministers in the Episcopal Church in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. In 2014-15, Vajra Voices performs and records music of Hildegard von Bingen: In Celebration of the Divine Feminine. http://www.vajravoices.com
“Then he took the harp to tune it. God! whoever saw how well he handled it, touching the strings and making them vibrate, sometimes causing them to sing and at other times to join in harmonies, he would have been reminded of the heavenly harmony.”
from Roman de Horn (c. 1170)
The medieval harp in the 21st century has the same power to enchant and uplift that it had in the 12th. Angelorum, directed by renowned harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton, brings the music of the spheres down to earth weaving together medieval modes, melodies, and methods of improvisation on historical harps to create a vibrant, shimmering tapestry of sound.
Angelorum, the world’s only medieval harp choir, was first formed in 1996 by director Cheryl Ann Fulton. The group has performed in the Festival of Harps; with Chanticleer in the production of The Resurrection Play of Tours; and appeared with Ensemble Alcatraz and KITKA on their CD Cantigas de Amigo. The current group recently performed a program of the music of Hildegard von Bingen with singer Karen Clark and Vajra Voices for the 2014 Berkeley Early Music Festival and a CD recoding project is in the works. http://www.angelorumharps.com
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED DURING THE CONCERT
APRIL 17th, FRIDAY @ 7:30PM
ARLINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA
TICKETS: $18 General, $15 Seniors (65+), and $12 Students