Illumination Opera Presents "Art is Calling: An Evening with Greek Soprano Julie Ziavras"


WESTFORD--Illumination Opera presents "Art is Calling," An Evening with celebrated Greek-American soprano Julie Ziavras, offering a unique evening of opera arias, classical art songs, traditional Greek and folk ballads on Sunday, November 21st at 7:00 pm, at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. The program will include works by Puccini, Victor Herbert, Montsalvatge, K. Weill, Mahler, Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Xarchakos, DeAngelis and more. Ms Ziavras will be joined by pianist Scott Nicholas and her husband, singer-songwriter-guitarist Ken DeAngelis, to perform a set of contemporary and traditional folk music.

Soprano Julie Ziavras is known for her diversity of repertory and styles and her ability to infuse a classical technique with the popular and folk genre. She has toured extensively abroad appearing at international festivals, concert halls, on radio and television and was invited to Greece by Manos Hadzidakis to appear on Greek National Radio for numerous concerts including a premiere at the Pireus National Theatre. Described as "an estimable vocalist” by The New York Times, Ms. Ziavras’ operatic roles include Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), the Countess (Nozze di Figaro) and Julie (Show Boat). As a principal singer with the Delaware Valley Opera, The River Reporter described her portrayal of the title role of Offenbach’s La Perichole with the Delaware Valley Opera as a “tour-de-force performance.” For more information about her, visit http://www.kenandjulie.com.


Singer-songwriter-guitarist Ken DeAngelis has been featured on radio, at numerous song festivals and has won awards at song competitions. His original songs, which often describe personal experiences, are recognized for their distinctive style, universality, originality and his unique guitar flat and fingerpicking styles. He will join Ms. Ziavras in his original songs and in Greek repertory on vocals, guitar and accordion.

Pianist Scott Nicholas will accompany Ms. Ziavras. He has appeared all over the New England region in solo and chamber performances. He is on the faculty of Emerson College, Suffolk University and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, where he teaches piano and coaches opera and music theater.

There will be a post-concert reception to meet the artists with Greek traditional pastries. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at the door or on line by visiting http://westford.com/pca/?page_id=282. Tickets are $12 Members; $15 Non-Members; $8 Teens / College Students; $5 Children 12 & under.

The program is the third of the Illumination Opera Series 2010-2011 Season, Illuminating the World of Opera: the extraordinary fusion of all the arts — music, theater, dance, and the visual arts, interpreted through the intensity and beauty of the human voice. Illumination Opera is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.illuminationopera.org.



(Posting date 14 November 2010)
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