California Sound Collective


Aug. 26

at 7:30pm


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.

Works Include:
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

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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.  


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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.