Season One MidDay Concert wraps up today

UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN MUSIC—Siuzanna Iglidan is a Ukrainian-American mezzo-soprano. She and other musicians will perform at 12:05 p.m. on June 13 at Grace Lutheran Church. Photo credit: COLDEA Productions



 Gifted mezzo-soprano Siuzanna Iglidan to share Ukrainian-Russsian music


As we stroll toward the summer of 2019, there is a bitter-sweetness in the air.

Today at 12:05 p.m., will be the final MidDay Concert for 2018-2019 at Grace Lutheran Church. The special treat is that Siuzanna Iglidan and friends will be performing vocal and instrumental compositions from Ukrainian and Russian composers during a 45 to 50 minutes lunchtime concert — all free to the public.

“Iglidan is a Ukrainian-American mezzo-soprano and virtuoso on the Bandura, a Ukrainian plucked string-instrument,” Grace Elliott of Grace Lutheran Church said. “(She) graduated with a master’s degree from Odessa National Music Academy Performing Arts in Bandura Performance and Orchestral Conducting, and received a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Pedagogy.”

Iglidan studied voice with Vladislav Dekhtyarenko from the Odessa National Theater opera and Ballet.

Her resume is most impressive by any standard.

She performed the role of Fidalma from “The Secret Marriage” by D. Chimarosa in 2012, which was staged by the National Crimean Philharmonic and conducted by Maestro Mauro Trombetta, Artistic Director of the National Opera of Rome.

“Siuzanna has been an honored guest at International Chamber and Folkloric Music Festivals in Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, and the Pyrenees Music Festival in the U.S.,” Elliott said in a press release regarding the gifted musician.

The Ukrainian musician initiated and organized the first Independent Ukrainian Bandura Players’ Festival Competition and also established the youth ensemble “IMPROVIZ” at the South Ukrainian Pedagogical University, Elliott added

Her operatic roles include Fidalma, “The Secret Marriage” (Chimarosa); Cherubino, “The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart); and Olga, “Eugene Onegin” (Tchaikovsky).

Beside her gifts as a musical wonder, Iglidan is also a model and was named Miss Ukraine in 2016.

She will be joined by vocal artists soprano Julia Lima, tenor Gustavo Hernandez, and pianist Vladimir Khomyakov.

Elliott said that each performing artist can select a charity of his/her choice. While the concert is free, all donations will benefit Global Musical Bridges,

After a successful first season of the MidDay Musical Concert, the second season will begin in September.

“The next season starts with tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the 9-11-2001 ‘Nation’s Policeman,’” Elliott said.

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