Song/Play

Song/Play
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Dr. Ernest Pereira, Director
Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (NC)
Emmanuel Chabrier: 
España, Rhapsody for Orchestra

Jules Massenet: Ballet Music from Le Cid
         Aragonaise
         Castillane
         Catalane
         Madrilène
         Navarraise

Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo

Joaquín Turina: Orgía from Danzas fantásticas, Opus 22
Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (NC)
Cristian Grases, Guest Conductor
Alberto Grau: La Doncella
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
María Guinand, Guest Conductor
Alberto Grau: La Avispa Brava (WORLD PREMIERE)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra
Amazonia Vocal Ensemble
Ponca City High School Chorale
Century Singers
Traughber Junior High Choral Ensemble
The Mississippi Girlchoir
St. Bonaventure Children's Chorale
Benton Middle School Choirs
Presentation of Mary Academy Children's Choir
Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir

Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra

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Dr. Ernest Pereira
The Symphony Guild of Charlotte Endowed Chair and Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, Dr. Pereira has vigorously improved and expanded the two ensembles over the past twenty years, leading the CSYO in performances at Charlotte's Festival in the Park and Summer Pops at Symphony Park, as well as the prestigious venues of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, and Carnegie Hall in New York, NY. He has guest conducted the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and has appeared on several local chamber music series as either a violinist or conductor. For a number of years, Dr. Pereira was featured at the Charlotte Symphony's annual Youth Festival, conducting the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as the combined professional and youth orchestras. He currently co-directs, with Dr. Nitsch, the Fun with hamber Music program for youth at Queens University. Students from his orchestra and private teaching studio have gone on to major in music at noted conservatories and universities, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, University of Texas at Austin, the Yale School of Music, the Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University.

 A native of South Africa, Dr. Pereira received his early training in violin in Pretoria from Walter Mony and Alan Solomon and holds Teacher and Performer Licentiates from the University of South Africa. He studied in this country with David Cerone, graduating as valedictorian from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1981 and a Master of Music degree in 1982. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas in 1987, studying with Vincent Frittelli. Dr. Pereira served as Concertmaster of both the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as well as the University of Texas Orchestra and conducted the University of Texas String Project Orchestra. Since 1985, Dr. Pereira has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared frequently as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, South Africa and Namibia and has soloed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. He believes strongly in educating young musicians and maintains an active and successful violin studio.

 About the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra is a core educational component of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra program offers nearly 200 students in the greater Charlotte area a unique opportunity to study under and perform with professional symphony musicians. Open to musicians in grades 8-12, the Youth Orchestra season runs from summer camp in August through June. The groups perform an average of six concerts per year, one on stage performing side-by-side with the Charlotte Symphony. The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the Atlas Theater in Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall.

                    
                    

Amazonia Vocal Ensemble

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Anaida Carquez-Soler
Anaida is a Venezuelan Choral Conductor and Vocal Coach with a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Universidad de Salamanca. As Vocal Coach and Assistant Conductor of the renowned and awarded choirs “Cantoría Alberto Grau” and the “Schola Cantorum de Venezuela”, Anaida was part of multiple and successful concert tours performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and USA. Also directed the Children’s Choir from “Colegio Emil Friedman”, the Girl’s Choir from “Colegio Mater Salvatoris” and one of the groups of “Pequeños Cantores" of the Program "Construir Cantando” from Schola Cantorum de Venezuela. Anaida was also a professor at “Música para Crecer Project”, a program that uses music as a tool of social action and integration that promoted by “Corporación Andina de Fomento – Banco de Desarrollo” in Latin-American countries. Anaida joined Amazonia Vocal Ensemble in 2016 as the choir's Musical Conductor.

The Amazonia Vocal Ensemble (AVE) was founded in 2007 by conductor/composer Dr. Cristian Grases. The ensemble boasts a diverse breadth of repertoire, though it specializes in contemporary Latin American Music as well as original arrangements of Latin American folk/popular songs in English, Spanish, Quechua, Portuguese, Papiamento among others. Based in Miami, the ensemble is comprised of volunteer amateur singers. AVE plays a prominent role in bringing the choral music of Latin America to the spotlight in the south Florida community and is part of a growing movement to introduce Latin American Choral Music into the mainstream. Nowadays, AVE is committed to expanding its horizons with the renewal of its repertoire, creating chamber groups, incorporation of new members, and most importantly, creating the Amazonia Children’s Choir.

Ponca City High School Chorale

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Chad W. Keilman
Mr. Keilman has taught at Ponca City High School and East Middle School in Ponca City, Oklahoma for the past four years. Before coming to Ponca City, Mr. Keilman was the Director of Choirs at Blackwell Public Schools. Mr. Keilman earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He studied voice with Mr. Guy Rothfuss and conducting with Dr. James Jordan. Mr. Keilman was a member of the renowned Westminster Choir under the direction of Dr. Joe Mille and performed around the United States and at the Spoleto Festival, USA in Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Keilman has performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in performances of major choral/orchestral works with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, and Dresden Staatskapelle. As a vocalist, Mr. Keilman has appeared in operatic roles for Opera MODO and has been a member of professional choirs, including CANTATICA based in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

The Ponca City High School Chorale maintains a tradition of excellence in choral music. The Chorale is an advanced auditioned mixed choir that consistently earns Superior and Excellent ratings in contest performances. Recently, the Po-Hi Chorale collaborated with the Norther Oklahoma College band and choir in two performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Century Singers

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Miss Joyce Brien
Miss Brien earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Idaho State University in 2008 and a Masters Degree in 2016. Miss Brien has sung in ISU Women's Choir under the direction of Professor Kathleen Lane and in ISU Concert and Chamber choirs under the direction of Dr. Scott Anderson. She has served as guest clinician or adjudicator for District V Solo & Ensemble Festival, Middle School and High School Honor Choirs and most recently, District IV Large Group Festival in Boise, ID. She has taught private voice lessons since 2006 and has had several students perform at the state level solo festival. She has taught choir at CHS since 2009, musical theater class since 2012, and a dual credit music appreciation class new this year. Miss Brien continues to strive to learn and grow as a musician and director herself in order to inspire her students to pursue their passion in life, using music and singing as a vehicle for self-discovery, connections with others, and development of musical knowledge and skills.

Century Singers is our advanced auditioned mixed choir at Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho. This choir meets daily before school to rehearse a wide range of musical styles and genres. Century Singers is our most frequently performing group, serving the school and community through music and song. Our goals include singing a variety of music styles with excellence, to perform and achieve high ratings at festivals, and most importantly, to develop lasting and meaningful relationships through singing quality music together.

Traughber Junior High Choral Ensemble

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Kimberly Moorman
Kimberly Moorman has been teaching vocal music at the junior high level for 15 years, currently at Traughber Junior High in Oswego, IL. Her choirs have consistently received Division I ratings at the District and State level of IGMSA Organizational contests and Music in the Parks Contests. Recently her choirs were selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference. She takes pride in teaching quality repertoire reinforcing proper vocal technique to over 150 students in her choral program. A member of the Illinois Music Educators Association, and is currently the Junior Choral Representative for District 9 of that organization.

Traughber Choral Ensemble includes students who have just completed their junior high experience. All students have been members of the curricular choral program for three or more years participating in four curricular concerts and three contests per year. Many also participate in an auditioned extra-curricular choral ensemble , the annual school musical and are members of the school band.

The Mississippi Girlchoir

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Kristy Brumfield
Kristy Brumfield has recently completed her second season as Artistic Director of The Mississippi Girlchoir. She has served as a conductor with the organization since 2005, and has directed each of its divisions. Kristy holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Mississippi College, and studied conducting under Richard Joiner and Jamie Meaders. She has recently received her third Teacher of the Year Honor, and was named "Educator of the Year, 2016" by the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce. Kristy is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the Southeast. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Music Educators Association and the Mississippi Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, and teaches Children's Choir and Sunday School as well as singing in the Adult Choir and Ensemble. Kristy is the proud mother of three college students, and wife to a champion bass fisherman.

The Mississippi Girlchoir is Mississippi's premiere choral organization for girls in grades 3-12. The organization was founded by Lillian Lee in 1995 with just seventeen singers, and has grown to four divisions: Prima, Lyrica, Bel Canto, and the Voices Ensemble. Since its inauguration, The Mississippi Girlchoir has performed in Italy, England, Australia, Washington DC, Hawaii, New York, Chicago, and many other locations nation-wide. The choir performs for a variety of community, church, and civic organizations each year. Several MGC singers are selected for state, regional, and national honor choirs each year. The Mississippi Girlchoir has performed with Vienna Boys Choir, American Boychoir, Mississippi Symphony, and has been a featured guest with many community and college choirs in their state. This concert marks their third Carnegie Hall engagement.

St. Bonaventure Children's Chorale

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Dr. Ysomar Echazabal Granados
Ysomar Echazabal Granados was born in Venezuela. In 1990, She was awarded a full scholarship to study at the University of Miami, School of Music, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree. Granados was granted a Teaching Assistantship at the same institution, where she obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Currently, she serves as a full time teacher at St. Bonaventure School and choir director for the St. Bonaventure Children’s Chorale.

The Children’s Chorale was created by Dr. Ysomar Echazabal Granados in 2010 for children in 3rd grade to 8th. The mission of the St. Bonaventure Children’s Chorale is to offer children the opportunity to study and perform liturgical, traditional, and contemporary forms of choral music. The chorale regularly performs in Archdiocesan community activities. It is a member of The International Federation of Pueri Cantores since 2010. In December of 2015, the ensemble participated in the International Pueri Cantores Congress in Rome, Italy. They concluded the congress on January 1st, 2016 singing in the mass for Peace presided by Pope Francis.

Benton Middle School Choirs

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Kimberly Blair
Mrs. Kimberley Blair is one of two choir directors at Benton Middle School in Manassas, Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University-Provo where she earned a piano scholarship and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Choral Music Education, studying under world-renowned choral director, Mack Wilberg. Mrs. Blair is very involved with choirs of all ages in her community, both as a director and accompanist. She married her high school sweetheart, Chris, in 1994. They have four children. Mrs. Blair is so proud of her hard working students who are here for their first Carnegie Hall/DCINY performance!

Benton Middle School is a public school located in Manassas, Virginia, and is part of the Prince William County school system. Of the approximately 1400 6th-8th grade students who attend Benton Middle School, more than 1200 participate in the choir, orchestra and band programs. The choral program boasts nearly 500 members and consistently ranks as one of the top middle school choral programs in Virginia. Choir directors, Mrs. Blair and Mr. Fitch, along with the Benton Middle School staff, send their congratulations and best wishes to our amazing singers participating in this Carnegie Hall/DCINY choral event!

Presentation of Mary Academy Children's Choir

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María Leticia González Lozada
Born in Venezuela, María Leticia González has been teaching vocal music at the elementary and middle school level for over 20 years. She studied Choral Conducting with Maestros Alberto Grau and María Guinand and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting at “Simón Bolivar University”. Mrs. González’s professional accomplishments include founding the “Pequeños Cantores Teresiano Choir”, “Pequeños Cantores Humboldt Choir” and “Voces Claras Mater Salvatoris”. Mrs. González  also acted as Chair of the Department of Gregorian Chant at the Inter Diocesan Seminary of San José in her country. She was an active member and Assistant Conductor of the renowned “Cantoría Alberto Grau” and a member of the “Schola Cantorum de Venezuela” touring across Latin America, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. María Leticia was invited to participate as a conductor and professor in the program “Música para Crecer”, an initiative of the CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) that fosters the social, intellectual and cultural development of children and young people with limited resources. Since fall of 2015 she began teaching Choir and General Music at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson, NH.

Presentation of Mary Academy Children's Choir was founded in 2015 for middle and junior high students. With just twenty singers at first, the ensemble has grown into two levels, creating Junior and Senior Choirs with a total of 90 members. From its beginnings, Presentation of Mary Academy Children’s Choir has been receiving vocal training, studying and performing traditional, contemporary and liturgical choral music in several languages and difficulty levels with an average of five concerts per year. The Senior Choir members are very excited for their first performance at Carnegie Hall.

Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir

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Jessica Fedora Amadea
Jessica Fedora Amadea started her debut singing in choir when she joined Paduan Suara Anak Indonesia (Indonesian Youth and Children Choir) under the director of Aida Swenson Simanjuntak and Batavia Madrigal Singers conducted by Avip Priatna. Jessica joined Purwa Caraka Music Studio Choir as a Director from 2007. Under her direction the choir has received various awards in international choir festivals and competitions across Asia. Jessica also directed 78 Youth Choir and Svara Prasetiya which has received awards in Asia and Europe.

Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir was established in 2007 consisting of auditioned students of Purwa Caraka Music Studio. Under the direction of Jessica Fedora Amadea, the choir has been actively participating and received many awards in various festivals across Asia. Their latest achievement was to become category winner of Children Choir under 16 years old and competing at Grand Prix round of Singapore International Choir Festival in Esplanade Theater, Singapore.