California Sound Collective
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Saturday August 26, 2017, 7:30 pm
Announcing California Sound Collective’s upcoming concert!
We are delighted to announce an exciting and colorful program featuring a variety of musical styles to be performed by outstanding Bay Area musicians. We are thrilled to be joined by two extraordinary guest artists-baritone Igor Vieira and harpist Anna Maria Mendieta.
Gabriela Lena Frank: Selections from Leyendas An Andean Walkabout
Revueltas: Homage a Federico Garcia Lorca
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro, featuring harpist Anna Maria Mendieta
Mozart: Selections from Divertimento for Strings in D Major
Poulenc: Le Bal Masque’, featuring baritone Igor Vieira
A graduate of Julliard where he also taught conducting, Maestro David Ramadanoff has served as Music Director and Associate Conductor of many prestigious orchestras including the Olney Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Los Gatos and the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra. To learn more, please see
Anna Maria Mendieta, principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, has performed with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country and beyond including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera,San Francisco Ballet, Russian National Orchestra, and the Russian State Ballet. She has performed for many luminaries including Pope Benedict XVI, President Clinton, President Gorbachev, the King and Queen of Spain.
She began her study of the harp at age 7 at the S.F. Conservatory of Music, went on to master at Notre Dame da Namur, where she later served as faculty.Ms. Mendieta has been honored with concertos especially composed for her including acommission award from the American Harp Society which she premiered in 2013.
With many albums to her credit, Anna Maria has appeared in movies, television, NPR, and theEmmy Awards. She has performed with Frederica von Stade, Josh Groban, and many others.
Ms. Mendieta performs all styles of music from classical to contemporary, and is recognized internationally as a pioneer in performing Argentine Tango music on the harp with praises recognized by The American Symphony Orchestra League as an “exceptional and charismatic [concerto] soloist”. Her creation of “Tango del Cielo”, a national touring concert-show, is the focus of a documentary film. When she’s not pulling strings, Anna Maria is out on the dance floor as part of the show.
Brazilian-American baritone Igor Vieira, a world finalist of the Fifth Pavarotti Voice Competition, has professionally sung 92 different operatic roles! He received rave reviews for his appearances in the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, Verdi's Rigoletto and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siliglia. Mr. Vieira has performed with such companies as San Francisco Opera, Theatro Municipal of Rio deJaneiro, Sacramento Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Williamsburg Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City to name a few. The Piedmont Center for The Arts is very proud to be able to present such an accomplished baritone.