La Midbar Saenu: An Afternoon of Hebrew Art Songs

October 22, 2017 Winchester Free 0
Alicia DePaolo (Courtesy photo)
Alicia DePaolo (Courtesy photo)

Join us for an hour of Hebrew art songs by Israeli composers Menachem Wiesenberg, Yehezkel Braun, Osnat Netzer, Tsvi Avni, and Paul Ben-Haim.

The Israeli tradition of concert music is fascinating and lush, reflecting many of the contemporary movements in Europe while forging unique voices using Hebrew texts. The concert is free and open to all, and will be followed by a light reception in the oneg room.

Alicia DePaolo, soprano, has been praised by Harmonia Early Music for her “perfect combination of clarity and warmth.” She holds a master’s degree in Early Music Vocal Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. Alicia has worked with such distinguished directors as Nigel North, William Jon Gray, Ivars Taurins, Stanley Ritchie, Drew Minter, and Jeffrey Thomas, appearing as a soloist in the United States, Canada, and Italy in a variety of works including Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis, Charpentier’s Missa Assumpta est Maria, J.S. Bach’s Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem, and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri. Opera and oratorio roles include “Fatime” in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, “Castitas” in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, “Israelite Man” in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, “La Nymphe des Tuileries” in Lully’s Alceste, and “Mercury” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Alicia also directs MIRYAM, a vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of Baroque and Renaissance settings of Jewish texts.

Juan A. Mesa began piano, organ, and composition studies in his native city of Puerto Montt, Chile. He moved to the US in 2001, and graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2005 earning degrees in organ performance and composition. He studied choral conducting with Kevin Isaacs, instrumental conducting with Fernando Jimenez, and voice pedagogy with Margaret Astrup. He completed his Master of Music degree in organ performance and early music at Indiana University in 2008, studying organ with Christopher Young, harpsichord and continuo with Elisabeth Wright, and improvisation with Todd Wilson and Jeffrey Smith. Juan won first prize in the Region I Competition for Young Organists organized by the American Guild of Organists, and is one of five semi-finalists to compete in the upcoming National Competition in Organ Improvisation in Montreal (July 2017). Juan has performed solo recitals across the US, as well as in Chile and Argentina. He has collaborated with many groups, including the Indiana-based Exordium Baroque Ensemble, the Crescendo Period Orchestra in western Connecticut, the Choirs of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, and this summer, he will perform as the organ soloist and accompanist of the award-winning University of Notre Dame’s Children’s Choir in their second national tour (June 2017). Juan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Music Theory department at Indiana University, and has served as Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church since 2012.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Temple Shir Tikvah
34 Vine St
Winchester, MA 01890

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