During an extended period with consistent “May Grey” the sun appeared over the sky of Seal Beach, providing the perfect weather for an outdoor recital.
After placing a 7-foot Steinway grand piano under the gazebo of the Old Ranch Pavilion.
The stage was set for the Seal Beach Symphony’s final installment of the 2022-2023 season.
One hundred and eighty people gathered for this special afternoon celebrating Mom.
The concert began with Ukrainian born violinist Myroslava Khomik Playing Vivaldi’s La Primavera.
A very familiar piece of music that describes spring through the strings of Myra’s beautiful playing.
She was accompanied by the very capable Russian born pianist Alina Artemova.
It’s amazing how music can bring cultures together. One complimenting the other.
Soprano Sangeeta Teresa Mai (Artist in Residence) as always, stunned with her version of a Mother’s Prayer. Guest artist Hila Plitmann hit every note of Mozart’s Queen of the Night with precision and clarity.
The two Sopranos closed the first half of the concert with the Flower Duet from the opera Lakmé as the local birds sang along. Spring was officially in the air.
Intermission was filled with the audience enjoying each other’s company with passed appetizers and champagne.
The second half of the event began with Australian born pianist Van-Anh Nguyen playing Chopin’s Nocturn in Eb.
It’s very clear why she’s touring internationally right now. Fabulous playing.
Artistic Director and Tenor Chad Berlinghieri sang the crowd favorite Mamma as many were singing along.
A very special moment occurred towards the end of the program when Hila sang the Seal Lullaby.
A piece written by her family and Esh Whitaker her son, accompanied her on the piano. Perfect for Mother’s Day!
Van-Anh closed the event with Debussy’s Claire de Lune and used the show stopper Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov as an encore.