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Spanish Music and Dance

Nov. 8, 6:00 pm

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Spanish Music featuring Michelle Mitsui, Mezzo-Soprano with Ana Fau, Piano. Our musical entertainment will also include music for piano trio (piano, violin, cello) and solo guitar. Spanish Dancing by Las Compañeras - Melody Vasquez, Director. Before the evening of musical entertainment (beginning at 7 pm), all will enjoy a great meal at 6 pm in the church hall.

Michelle Mitsui

Mezzo-Soprano Michelle Mitsui née Vezzoli has been working in the Chicago music scene since 2004. She is member of the St. Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius Church and the William Ferris Chorale. She has also performed with the Grant Park Chorus, Opera in the Ozarks, the Lira Ensemble, the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble, the DuPage Opera and the Lincoln Chamber Players. She won first prize in the Leonora LiPuma Italian Vocal Scholarship Contest in 2006 and the Nicholas Raimondi Scholarship the following year. She is the assistant director of the Holy Innocents Children's Choir of St. John Cantius Church. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their two sons. She can be contacted for singing or teaching engagements at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Ana Fau

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Fau attended the Eastman School of Music and is a graduate of the Rimsky Korsakov State Conservatory of St. Petersburg, Russia, where she was a student of Vladimir Shakin.

Her numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician include the Ateneo Theater of Madrid, the state palaces of Dresden and Freiberg in Germany, the House of the Nation's Friendship, Moscow, the National Geographic, Chaliapin museums and Royal Palaces of St Petersburg, Russia.

She gave recitals in Italy at the Velia Music Festival (touring the Velia and Umbria regions, including the Gazioli Hall in Terni) and in France at the Piano Series of the Eglese Saint Marie of Paris. In Argentina, she appeared in recitals at the St. Martin Cultural Center and as a soloist with the St. Martin Symphony Orchestra of Buenos Aires.

Ana was invited to play at the Grieg's Festival of Norway (2007-08), marking the 100th anniversary of his death in a tour that included The Grieg Museum's Concert Hall of Troldhaugen, the University of Stavanger, the Kabuso Cultural Center, and the Tau Cultural Center.

Her concerts in the U.S. include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Columbia College of Chicago, the Chamber Music Series of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, the University of Wisconsin, the Cervantes Institute, and the University o Chicago, among others.

She has given lectures at Lake Forest College, Columbia College, and Catholic University of Buenos Aires.

Since 2006, she has been a programming advisor for WFMT, and has recorded audio documentaries on Latin American Music. She has recorded extensively for this radio station, including the Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano with cellist Ian Maksin, marking the 75th anniversary of its premier. She has performed live radio broadcasts of works by Cristian Axt, Ginastera, and J. Turina's.

She has played as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras, the Saphire Chamber Orchestra at NWU, the Cervantes Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed with CSO violinist Nathan Cole as well as Ilmari Hopkins, co-principal cellist of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway, among others.

She has recorded for the National Radio of Argentina, Municipal Radio of Buenos Aires, Radio Amadeus of Buenos Aires, Radio of Corpus Christi, Texas, National State radio of Russia, National Radio of Honduras and has given interviews with Univision Chicago and Channel 4 of Italian TV.

In 2010 she produced and performed the Chopin Marathon at WFMT, 98.7 FM Chicago, inviting several pianist from the Chicago area, marking the 200th anniversary of his birth, and has recently played recitals in Texas at the invitation of the Chopin Society of Corpus Christi.

Ana Fau serves as piano faculty for the Merit School of Music of Chicago and the Chicago Music Academy. She has recorded duos for Cello and Piano with Ilmari Hopkins for the CD label Tradition of Argentina.

Ana Fau is an exclusive Artist for Heartland Concert Artists Management.

Melody Vasquez

Melody Vasquez was principal dancer & soloist with Los Preferidos Spanish Dance Company, with knowledge of Spanish dance encompassing classical, regional and flamenco. She began her training with Dame Libby Komaiko, continuing with Vida Peral and Teresa Cullen and was awarded an apprentice scholarship with the Ensemble Español/NEIU.

Her master study includes internationally known dance masters Luis Montero, Maria Alba, Ciro, La Tati, and Carmela Greco, and workshop study with Juan Mata, Ana Gonzalez, and Omayra Amaya. She has worked with Las Guitarras de España, members of the popular group El Payo, guitarists Hector Fernandez and Tom Kimball, and has mounted several dance concerts with local dance artists and musicians.

Las Compañeras

Las Compañeras will perform dances in Spanish neo-classical and flamenco styles to include music by Isaac Albeniz and live flamenco accompaniment, with featured choreography by renowned dance master Luis Montero and Melody Vasquez.

(Meal is included in the ticket price)

• $25.00 – Adult
• $20.00 – Senior Citizens & College Students
• $15.00 – Youth (6-18 years)

This event is sponsored by the Patrons of Sacred Music at St. John Cantius. All funds raised go to sponsor the sacred music events at our parish

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