Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Life's a Beach!

I have been incredibly busy these past few weeks and it just doesn't seem to let up much! I wanted to write a reflection on Sunday evening after a gig with Pocket Opera, but I was too exhausted and decided I would just chill for the night.

I am making an effort to write more and include people in my day to day life, mainly because I so rarely get to see my loved ones, and also so that I can get people to come to my performances -- If I don't tell you when they are, how can I expect an audience?

I have so much gratitude in my heart after Sunday's mini-performance at the senior home in Daly City. I, of course, am grateful to be taking home paychecks from my singing, you know I have never "given up my daydream" -- but really, I was SO grateful for the joy that was brought to the residents. Peninsula Del Rey is a retirement home/community with residents who are pretty mobile, not so much a skilled nursing facility, but seeing how much they had fun at the performance made every minute of practice worth it. I loved meeting an older opera singer (with whom one of my friends studied some years ago), and hearing how much she just loved our group and that it was her favorite group to sing with - even compared to SF Opera! But she had fun! And THAT is why I make music. THAT is why I do what I can to bring in audiences and fundraising money for a company like Pocket Opera. Young artists, like myself, can earn money and the community is a better place at the end of the day because MUSIC MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY. And that counts for A LOT in today's world.

So, to all of you who have helped me make the world a better place, thank you. This is a gentle reminder to go out there and make the world happier, kinder, and more musical.

Love,
Liesl


P.S. Sing For America donations are coming in, but I'd love to see my meter rise!! Small donations of $5 or $10 can really add up http://give.classy.org/pocketoperaSFA

P.P.S. Just started reading #GirlBoss and I absolutely LOVE it. And I'm aware that I am late to the game with this book. (Below is an affiliate link. It costs nothing for you and can help me earn a tiny bit) If you don't already use Kindle, Audible, or Overdrive (free!!!) apps, definitely check it out there! I'm thinking I better amp up my game with the workbook soon...




Sunday, March 4, 2018

Everyday Adventures

Hello readers and welcome to 2018!

I am so ashamed at the length of time I've let pass without writing about my goings-on. It's already March, I've already performed in two operas this year, and working on a third, plus some scenes, and a concert for April (okay, I'll let myself off the hook for not posting on here... but still). With the world in such disarray right now, it's good to be a musician. I turn to art to improve my life, to warm my soul, to experience humanity in a positive light. Today we have many fears, plenty of anger, and far too much stress. Music is our place to commune, to experience spirituality for some, to be part of a group for others, and for a few, to be in solitude and peace. I am so thankful to be part of that part of many people's lives, whether through the operas I perform in, the church music that I facilitate (but am eternally grateful to those who surround me to make this music actually happen), and the music I teach to others, from the very young to the very old.

Maria Callas, Source: Google Images
I want to take this time to inform you all of upcoming projects. I have already put a good deal of information out on my various social media accounts as well as my personal website.

March 30th - An outreach concert at Stanford Hospital with David Lewis and friends. We will perform various spring selections for the patients for the noon concert in the hospital atrium.

April 11th - Yuba Sutter Youth Chorus Performance. Music sung by the local kids from cultures around the world.

April 13th - Not only will I turn a WHOPPING 30 years old this day (I know, I should shut up...) but I will be singing Mutts in Mutts and Maribel again at St. Matthew's Episcopal, where I used to teach. Unfortunately, this is not open to the public, but I'm putting it on here anyway for my faculty friends.

April 15th - I am singing with Sing for America, a very cool concert with many singers, all raising funds for the charity near and dear to their hearts. Proceeds will go to the many non-profit organizations listed on their website. My page is listed below. There you can make donations, or simply read more about the project.

https://give.classy.org/pocketoperaSFA

April 27th - Arias from Carmen with the Yuba College Concert Band in Linda, CA. More details will be available soon. 
     
May 20th & 27th - Cimarosa's Secret Marriage with Pocket Opera. This adorable show features myself as Carolina, Jonathan Smucker as my secret husband, Paolino, Larry Venza as my father Gernimo, and Autumn Allee as my sister, Elisetta. It should be a ton of fun and I hope you will come out to see it. www.pocketopera.org

Summer is uncharted territory right now, but I have begun plans for an August concert honoring the late, great Leonard Bernstein on his 100th Birthday! An amazing program will come to fruition soon, as I have already heard from a few of my regular volunteers!


Thank you all, and have a wonderful Spring season!!


~~~Liesl
 

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