Guitar and Voice, an evening with Alexandra Picard and Michael Nicolella
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Guitar and Voice, an evening with Alexandra Picard and Michael Nicolella

Alexandra Picard is emerging as one of the most exciting sopranos in the Northwest. Most notable for her portrayals of the Queen of the Night, Konstanze, Musetta and Lucia, the Seattle Times speaks of her bell-like clarity while Classical Voice comments on her charisma and spot-on singing. She has sung for: Tacoma Opera, Rogue Opera, New Opera Festival in Rome, Italy, Willamette Concert Opera, Spokane Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Kammersaal in Graz, Austria, Skagit Opera, Russian Opera Centre in San Francisco, Bellevue Opera and Hawaii Opera Theater.  In concert Alexandra has performed with: the Brasilia Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony and Seattle ProMusica.  She originated the role of the Ghost of Butterfly in the jazz opera Welcome to the Voice for the Bell Atlantic Festival on Broadway with Elvis Costello and performed a gala concert for the U.S Embassy in Paris, France.  Alexandra earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, and received her Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. Ms. Picard is currently completing her second year as a Doctoral Candidate in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington. 

Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America's most innovative classical guitar virtuosos. Referred to as one of the contemporary guitars most gifted stars by Classical Guitar magazine, he has received wide critical acclaim for his performances, recordings and compositions.  Michael is part of a growing trend in classical music to revitalize the role of the composer/performer. Known for his creative programming, he has introduced electric guitar into his "classical" programs and extended the repertoire and audience of his instrument not only with his own compositions and transcriptions, but also by premiering works by some of today's most exciting emerging composers.  His latest album is a double CD of the Complete Bach Cello Suites in his own arrangement which was called a monumental achievement by Soundboard magazine; and performances that show the Suites in an entirely new light by the Seattle Times. His prior three critically acclaimed albums focused on contemporary music for classical and electric guitar: Ten Years Passed, Push and Shard.  Michael has performed with a wide range of groups and artists including: the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, violinist Gil Shaham, jazz singer Johnaye Kendrick, Broadway legends Bernadette Peters and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charanga Danzon and the Seattle Guitar Trio. Michael is a graduate of Yale University, Berklee College of Music and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.  He is on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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FM 98.1 KING FM’s NW Focus LIVE
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

FM 98.1 KING FM’s NW Focus LIVE

Tune into NW Focus LIVE and Sean MacLean
as guitarist Michael Nicolella and soprano Alexandra Picard preview their upcoming concert to kick off St Thomas in Medina Episcopal Church’s upcoming concert season 

Alexandra Picard and Michael Nicolella first performed together in 2012 when Alexandra premiered Michaels work for soprano, guitar and orchestra entitled The Flame of the Blue Star of Twilight with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Following a live performance on KING-FM at the start of 2016, Michael and Alexandra began performing duo concerts featuring an eclectic array of music.  Their concerts frequently range from 19th century lieder and 20th century classical works to Brazilian and American jazz and popular music.  

The show is streamed live here.

Video from our prior appearance on NW Focus Live is below.

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Haydn's The Creation
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Haydn's The Creation

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Alexandre Innecco, Conductor

VIVA HAYDN!
Três palestras com música ao vivo mais um concerto espetacular, celebrando a música do compositor a quem MOZART chamava de mestre!

ESTREIA SEGUNDA 23 outubro, 18h30 e 20h
Apresentação do maestro Alexandre Innecco

DETALHES E MATRÍCULAS EM www.alexandreinnecco.com/viva-haydn

MÚSICOS PARTICIPANTES
Alexandra Picard, soprano
Arturo Sampaio, piano
Coral Vox Animae
Esther Chung, piano
Fabíola Pinheiro, piano
Jessé Silva, violino
Marília de Alexandria, piano
Moisés Ribeiro, barítono
Rafael Frotgar, cello
Rafael Ribeiro, tenor
Welder Rodrigues, flauta
W3 Filarmônica

Long Live Haydn!
Three lectures with live music plus a spectacular concert, celebrating the music of the composer whom Mozart called the master!

Premiere Monday 23 October, 18 pm and 20 pm
Presentation by Maestro Alexandre Innecco

Details and registrations at www.alexandreinnecco.com/viva-haydn
 

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UW Music and Pacific MusicWorks: The Magic Flute
May
6
7:30 PM19:30

UW Music and Pacific MusicWorks: The Magic Flute

Stephen Stubbs, Conductor/Dan Miller, Director

One of Mozart’s crowning achievements, The Magic Flute is a potent alchemical mixture of popular music and theater with a depth of meaning that is still mysterious and controversial. The fact that Mozart had steeped himself in the music of Handel and Bach in the years leading up to the creation of The Magic Flutemakes it also a personal testament to his admiration for their art.

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