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    Holidays with a Twist

    Music in the Afternoon

    When: Tuesday, 12/13/2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)

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    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Sick of hearing the same 20 songs everywhere you go during the holiday season? Come enjoy an afternoon of holiday inspired tunes you've never heard before! From the heavenly to the satirical, this concert is guaranteed to make even the most jaded Grinch crack a smile.

    Deborah Martinez Rosengaus, mezzo soprano
    Jonathan Erman, piano
    Alexander Taite, tenor

    Deborah Martínez Rosengaus is a versatile mezzo soprano having studied opera, theater, music and dance. She is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura.

    Deborah has toured internationally with a variety of musical ensembles in concert halls such as: Santori Hall in Tokyo, The Center for Performing Arts in Beijing with the Peoples Liberation Army Orchestra, Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has given recitals in Mexico and across the United States, giving voice to her research into the lesser known art songs of great classical composers.

    She has performed locally with West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Lamplighters, Ars Minerva, Opera San Jose, Teatro Vision, Pocket Opera, Hillbarn, West Bay Opera, Los Altos Stage, Island City Opera and Solo Opera. In recent roles, she recieved critical acclaim for her interpretation of Jo in Mark Adamo's Little Women and was nominated for a Theater Bay Area Award for the role of Ruth in Pirates of Penzance. Other favorite opera credits include Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the world premiere opera version of Pride and Prejudice by Kirke Mechem, Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Candide, The Consul, Griffelkin by the late great Lucas Foss and West Coast premier of the new opera Miss Lonelyhearts. With orchestra she has performed Handel's Messiah and Brockes Passion, Durufle's Requiem, and a variety of Handel operas. Upcoming engagements include a series of concerts around the Bay Area and Astianatte with Ars Minerva.

    Aside from her performing career, Deborah is a sought after lecturer, directs the Berkeley Broadway Singers choir, directs children's musical theater and has a private voice studio. Ms. Rosengaus holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with international opera diva Mignon Dunn, and a Bachelors from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She has performed in masterclasses with Karen Morrow and Luana Devol. She is also a featured vocalist on several independent film soundtracks. For more information go to www.DeborahRosengaus.com.

    Jonathan Erman is a pianist, composer and conductor. He accompanies regularly for theater groups throughout the Bay Area, including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, West Bay Opera and Foothill Music Theatre. His work encompasses musicals, operetta, opera and orchestral music. He has taken part in conducting workshops throughout the country. His piece Take Flight Anyway was performed by flutist Sara Andon as part of the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive's 2020 New Music Project.

    Alexander Taite is a resident and native of Oakland, California, and holds a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University in music theory and composition with a main emphasis in vocal performance and a minor emphasis in jazz piano. Alexander has robust interests and musical skills including opera, choral, spiritual, barbershop, jazz, blues, Renaissance/Baroque, vocal percussion and hip-hop. He has also studied classical and jazz piano since the age of 8 and has played in bands in varied styles ranging from jazz/funk/R&B to rock, hip-hop and pop.

    In addition to singing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus every season since 2007, he has sung roles with The Berkeley Opera Company, San Francisco Parlor Opera, Opera Parallèle, Livermore Valley Opera, Island City Opera, Philharmonia Healdsburg, Pocket Opera, Walnut Creek Festival Opera and The Berkeley Chamber Opera.

    In 2015, Alexander was honored to be asked to direct, cast and conduct a project with renowned baritone Lester Lynch. The gospel and spiritual album was recorded at the prestigious Skywalker Sound Studio and included a 16-person adult choir and 10-person children's choir. Alexander also spent four years as a member of the vocal faculty at Oakland School for the Arts, teaching music theory and classical performance. He led master classes, directed several choirs and helped to develop a senior recital program and a music theory placement exam for high school vocal and instrumental students. He also spent seven years directing the graduate level chorus at the San Francisco Boys Chorus.

    Mr. Taite is thrilled and honored to fill the role of director for Chorus Eclectic. Currently, he is a vocal and choral coach with the Nova Youth Choir at Cantare Con Vivo, and music director for the Piccola Carolers. He is also finishing up publishing and recording a songbook of his own arrangements of Negro spirituals in two volumes—one for solo voice with piano and one for acapella chorus.

    Funded in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.

    COVID-19 Information:
    Masks are encouraged for all OFJCC in-door events. We follow up-to-date CDC guidelines regarding COVID safety measures.

    Tuesday, December 13
    1:00–2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM | Linger after the concert for a snack and beverage
    Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)
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    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]

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