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Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
May 3, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
On Sunday afternoon May 3, North/South Consonance marks the Cinco de Mayo holiday with a concert featuring exclusively art songs by Mexican composers.
Vocalists Anna Tonna and Celeste Mann join forces with pianist Max Lifchitz to perform works by Blas Galindo, Maria Grever, Rodolfo Halffter, Max Lifchitz, Salvador Moreno, Jose Rolon and Manuel M. Ponce.
When & where
Sunday, May 3 2015 @ 3pm
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street (between Broadway & Columbus Ave)
“A born star who effectively stole the show” is how the press describes mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna. Her performances have been depicted as “…full of charm and magnetism with her dark, compact lyric mezzo-soprano ideally suited for the flamenco-like vocal flourishes of Spanish music.” Ms. Tonna was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study and perform in Spain upon her graduation from the Mannes College of Music. She sang the title role of Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with the Connecticut Grand opera and has presented recitals under the auspices of among others, Joy in Singing, the Hispanic Society of America, the Association of Dominican Artists and Música de Cámara in New York City; the Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes and Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; the Pacific Music Festival in Japan; as well as the Otoño Cultural Iberoamericano and the Spanish Song Festival in Spain. Her compact disc album featuring songs by Spanish composer Julio Gómez was released by the European label Verso last year.
Contralto Celeste Mann has appeared with Opera Company of Philadelphia in several productions, including Margaret Garner, Turandot and Otello. A graduate of Yale University, she debuted in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in 2008. Comfortable in opera, art song and sacred music, Celeste excels in the Spanish repertoire and is internationally known for her portrayals in zarzuela (Spanish operetta). Her international engagements include as Lily (PORGY & BESS) at Teatr Wielki, Poland, at Saarema Opera Festival, and at Latvia’s National Opera House. In 2010 she performed Spanish selections led by Steve Blier for the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center. Her recording, Songs in the Spirit: A Concert of Sacred Music, is available on pandora.com, itunes and other internet radio and sites. She has toured throughout the midwest and Brazil singing a program of her own device titled A Century of Brazilian Song featuring works by Villa-lobos, Carlos Gomes, Chiquinha Gonzaga and Claudio Santoro. A dynamic performer with a rare and beautiful voice, Ms. Mann brings intelligence, creativity, an engaging stage presence and a commitment to "opera as theatre" to her roles.
The versatile Max Lifchitz has been a dynamic figure in America's musical life for a number of seasons. Born in México City and a long time New York resident, his activities as composer, pianist and conductor have established him as a true musical citizen of the world. Lifchitz earned first prize in the 1976 International Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Twentieth Century Music held in Holland. He has appeared on concert stages throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States and has recorded over 50 compact disc albums. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as "a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist" while The New York Times praised Mr. Lifchitz for his "clean, measured and sensitive performances.” The American Record Guide referred to him as “...one of America's finest exponents of contemporary piano music."