Songs from Spain and the Americas

Music for Sacred Spaces presents - Songs from Spain and the Americas
Darci Bultema, soprano, and Lori Sen, mezzo soprano

April 28, 2019 3pm in the Sanctuary

 Come hear music from Columbia, Brazil, Spain and North America.   The concert features music from the Catalan region of Barcelona by the composer, Joaquin Serra; the Columbian composer, Jaimie Leon; the Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos; and the North American composer Peter Lieberson, who composed songs for his wife, the beloved singer, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, on the poetry of Pablo Neruda.  You will hear stunning songs in the languages of Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, and the Spanish of Latin America.  This repertoire has been long neglected and it is exciting to get to share this beautiful music with everyone.

Here is a link that features Lori Sen, mezzo and myself at the piano performing at the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain last summer.  The piano I am playing belonged to the great Spanish composer, Enrique Granados.

 Here is some information about our performers.

A captivating and compelling performer, soprano Darci Bultema has performed on the operatic stage in a variety of roles, such as La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, The Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Lavinia in Bononcini’s Camilla.   Originally from North Dakota, Bultema has brought her talent and versatility to opera companies across the United States via Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Natchez Opera, Sounds of South Dakota, Peabody Opera, and the Fargo Moorhead Opera.

 In addition to her operatic repertoire, Bultema has appeared as a soloist in an assortment of orchestral works with The Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Miami Chamber Symphony, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC Youth Orchestra, Fargo Moorhead Symphony, and the Aberdeen University Civic Orchestra.  In these venues Bultema’s voice has been showcased in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Chants d’Auvergne of Canteloube, Griffes’ Three Poems of Fiona Macleod, and oratorios of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Rossini.

 Turkish mezzo-soprano Lori Şen is known for her versatility in many vocal genres, including opera, art song, musical theatre, and jazz, as well as for her teaching and research interests in vocal literature, voice pedagogy, and voice science.   Lori was born into and raised in a scientific household in Izmir, Turkey, which led her onto her unique path towards a career in music that began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Throughout her physics studies at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, she performed in numerous concerts and shows as a member of “The Company” METU Musical Society and a student of the well-known Bulgarian jazz singer Yıldız Ibrahimova.

I hope you are able to come hear what will be a beautiful afternoon of music making.