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A South American Odyssey

Sheffield Sterndale Singers “A South American Odyssey” Saturday 17th May 2014, 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses

The Sterndale Singers “South American Odyssey” on Saturday 17th May at Holy Trinity Millhouses certainly promises to be an interesting and exciting musical evening. An exciting programme of South American music from the 15th Century to the present day, including Ramirez Missa Criolla, solos from internationally acclaimed soprano, Cristin Wismann, fun percussion and guitar accompaniment – much enjoyment to be had!

The first part of the concert is music from the 15th Century to the present day, including composers such as Juan Arañés (1580-1649), Bocanegra (c. 1631), Gaspar Fernandez (1570-1629), Juan Garcia de Zéspedes (1619-1678) and Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590-1664). In the second half of the concert, moving to the 20th and 21st Centuries, we will be singing motets by Fernando Moruju and Dante Andreo, finishing the concert with the acclaimed Missa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez. The South American music of the 15th and 16th centuries has a distinct flavour, perhaps more lively than European music from this period, and the selection being sung on Saturday is varied and exciting.

To complete the evening, and provide suitable accompaniment for these works, the Sterndale Singers are being joined by a select band of guests: the percussion section is led by local percussionist Dominic Ridler, and local guitarist Danny Naylor is providing a further South American flavour. The tenor soloist for the Ramirez is Argentinian Ernesto Correa, and the programme will be completed by a selection of Argentinian, Cuban and Venezuelan songs sung by Soprano Christin Wismann accompanied by Helen Glaisher-Hernández.

American soprano Christin Wismann is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, and has performed worldwide on the recital, concert and operatic stage. She has been acclaimed as an ‘eloquent soprano’ (New York Times) with a ‘strong gleaming voice’ (Opera News) and a ‘compelling presence’ (Denver Post), and has garnered awards in prestigious competitions such as the National Opera Association, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Gerda Lissner, the Jose Iturbi Foundation Competition and was a national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions representing the New York region.  It was during her time at the Met competition that she was filmed for the documentary The Audition, which was broadcast internationally.

Helen Glaisher-Hernández is an Anglo-Spanish concert pianist, musicologist, pedagogue and curator who combines her two great loves music and hispanicity as a specialist in Iberican (Iberian & Latin American) repertoire. She studied tango piano at the Conservatorio Nacional Superior in Buenos Aires and then completed an MMus in Piano at Trinity College of Music. Helen is known for the authenticity and cultural grounding of her interpretations. She has given the UK premiere of numerous pieces by Latin American composers such as Villa-Lobos, Guastavino, Vitier, Hernández, Camargo Guarnieri and Carreño, including a special commission by Ricardo Lorenz for Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and has performed across other major UK venues including the Barbican, Fairfield Halls, St James’s Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

With such a star-studded cast, this concert will be well worth hearing.


Sheffield Sterndale Singers “A South American Odyssey”

Saturday 17th May 2014, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses

Tickets £12.00; Concessions £10.00; Students: £5.00; U 12s free available on the door.