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Photos from Canto: New Voices and Cuentos at Hillview Library

October 23, 2018

Oct 6, 2018 - The inaugural Canto: New Voices Concert was a success!!  Many thanks to all of our wonderful artists and to all those who attended. It was the perfect way to end our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Those in the audience had  their breath taken away by the spectacular voices of soprano Virginia Hesse and Michael Orlinsky as they sang beautiful Spanish-language repertoire - both traditional and new works. Pianist Eunah Cho provided accompaniment, and flutist Diane Grubbe joined on several pieces.

New works on the program included those by local composers Nick Benavides, Carlos Guadarrama, and Michael Orlinsky. All three composers attended the concert and presented their compositions to the audience. Opera Cultura is honored to showcase such skilled artists and composers!

Flutist Diane Grubbe, pianist Eunah Cho, and soprano Virginia Hesse
From left to right: Flutist Diane Grubbe, Artistic Producing Fellow Alexa Anderson, pianist Eunah Cho, and soprano Virginia Hesse
 
 
tenor Michael Orlinsky
Pianist Eunah Cho and tenor Michael Orlinsky
 
 
soprano Virginia Hesse
Pianist Eunah Cho and soprano Virginia Hesse
 
 
tenor Michael Orlinsky
Pianist Eunah Cho and tenor Michael Orlinsky
 
 

From left to right: Artistic Director Héctor Armienta, Artistic Producing Fellow Alexa Anderson, composer Carlos Guadarrama, and composer/tenor Michael Orlinsky
 
 

From left to right: Artistic Producing Fellow Alexa Anderson, soprano Virginia Hesse, composer Carlos Guadarrama, and composer/tenor Michael Orlinsky





Opera Cultura also hosted a program at Hillview Library in San Jose during National Hispanic Heritage Month. The event was based on Héctor Armienta's song cycle opera Cuentos de Peregrinación/Tales of Pilgrimage. We are so grateful to be able to present events related to issues of immigration such as this, and to start discussions on the topic that is so relevant in our society today.

The event started off with a fun art workshop for all ages led by professional artist Roberto Romo, which incorporated themes of immigration using the symbol of birds. Romo even brought one of his paintings to display, which was a backdrop for the opera when it was produced in 2014.

The art workshop was followed by an incredible performance by soprano Alexa Anderson (one of the featured singers in the 2014 production) and pianist Eunah Cho. Then, the audience viewed a full screening of the video recording of the production. Romo and Anderson stayed to answer questions and have an open discussion with the audience. What a fun and inspiring way to connect with our community!


Roberto Romo - art workshop
Roberto Romo, prior to the start of the Cuentos art workshop at Hillview Library in San Jose
  
 
Roberto Romo
Roberto Romo describes the process of painting and how the symbology of birds relates to the theme of immigration in the opera 
  
 
Roberto Romo
Roberto Romo demonstrates painting technique 

 
Alexa Anderson and Roberto Romo
Roberto Romo and soprano Alexa Anderson with two young cousins who were very engaged audience members and aspiring artists! 
  
 
Alexa Anderson
Soprano Alexa Anderson with a young fan who was so excited to take a picture with her! 
 
 

Check out Opera Cultura's Facebook page for more videos and photos, including Héctor Armienta's trip to Guadalajara during National Hispanic Heritage Month!