The inaugural Canto: NEW VOICES Concert will be an exciting concert of brand new works performed by brilliant new voices!
Showcasing the winners from the national 2017 Canto Online Vocal Competition, NEW VOICES offers the opportunity to see classical repertoire in Spanish that is not often performed, sung by artists who will wow you with their vocal prowess! This concert also includes new works from three up-and-coming composers. The program seeks to unite traditional and new repertoire to highlight the experience of Latino Americans through the beauty of music.
-Virginia Hesse was the winner of the 2017 Canto Online Vocal Competition. She is a stunning 24-year-old coloratura soprano from Houston, Texas, and will be travelling to California to perform at New Voices.
-Michael Orlinsky is a very talented tenor/baritone (and composer!) from the San Francisco Bay Area, who was a finalist in the Canto Competition last year. He has sung over 50 roles so far in his quickly budding career.
–Nicolas Lell Benavides is a musician and composer based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, but originally from Albuquerque, NM. His music has been described as “wonderfully structured and harmonically imaginative…” (Brian Rosen, Music vs Theater), and he has been called a “new music impresario of San Francisco” (Cy Musiker, KQED Arts).
–Carlos Guadarrama is a classical guitarist, director, teacher, and composer. He was born in México City, and has studied Classical Guitar, Harmony, Composition, Arranging and Film Scoring. Two of his compositions were selected from the many submissions received for this New Voices concert.
–Michael Orlinsky will be featured as a composer as well as a singer for the New Voices concert. He began his composing career in the Mid 2000’s writing contemporary music in a variety of styles. Orlinsky has an extensive repertoire of over 80 songs, including many art songs and a few instrumental works.
CANTANTE SPONSOR – Elizabeth Hernandez