BEACON - An evening of classic and contemporary songs from Europe and the Americas was performed by mezzo-Soprano, Agueda Fernandez-Abad and accompanied by Sylvia Buccelli, piano on Friday, September 27th at the Howland Cultural Center.
Here and There; Now and Then is a concert featuring the music of Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Fall, Montsalvatge, Ginastera, Guastavino, and Piazzolla. The concert was part of the month-long celebration of National Hispanic-Heritage Month which also includes an art exhibition: Latino-American Artists of the Hudson Valley.
Throughout her career, Fernandez-Abad has performed operas and oratorios with the leading orchestras of Argentina, United States, and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards: the Leonor Hirsch de Von Buch Scholarship for three consecutive years to study with Ernst Haeffliger; Finalist/Special Honorary Mention in the Young Argentinean Soloist competition; "Promociones Musicales" Award; and the National Fund of Performing Arts Singer of the Year.
Upon her arrival in the United States in 1990, Fernandez-Abad worked with the Florida Grand Opera, participating in several productions for two seasons including "Carmen" in their Middle School Program. Between 2003-2012, she offered diverse recitals in Germany, Italy, and Spain in various venues such as the Palau de la Musica Valenciana, Radio Nacional de Espana, International Festival of Sacred Music, etc.
She also performed in several productions in the iconic Spanish style operetta known as Zarzuela. In 2007, Fernandez-Abad made her debut at the Valencian’s Opera House "Reina Sofia" singing under the baton of the Maestro Lorin Maazel. That same year in Barcelona, she sang the world premiere of Mexican composer Alejandra Hernandez’s electro-acoustic work, "Thirty-Three God’s Names" reprised in Mexico City.
Her latest appearances in Europe have included performances in Madrid of works by Salvatore Sciarrino with the saxophone quartet "Adolphe Sax". In the same city, Fernandez-Abad performed the leading role in the contemporary opera "The Medium" by G. C Menotti with the Chamber Opera Company of Moncloa.
Beethoven’s " Coral Fantasy", the Christmas oratorio "Nativity" by the American composer Norman Dello Joio with orchestra and chorus of Radio y Television Espanola, ended that year also singing Charpentier’s "Te Deum" and Mozart’s "Coronation Mass" with the Orquesta del Mediterranco in the Auditorium of Castelion.
Sylvia Buccelli is a founding member of several chamber music ensembles in the Northeast as well as a frequent recital partner of distinguished instrumentalists and vocalists. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall in New York City and extensively throughout New York and New England, where she appeared at the New England Conservatory, Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA), and in radio concerts onWGBH, WICN, and WCUW. Buccelli is currently a member of the piano trio "Innisfree", and "Madera Vox" an ensemble with oboe, bassoon, percussion, piano and voice.
Her discography includes "She Walks in Beauty", a CD of the vocal and piano music of Otto Juening, and a release with "Innisfree" of the piano chamber music of Henry Martin. Additionally, "Madera Vox" has just completed recording its third CD due for release later in 2013. Ms. Buccelli is on the faculty of the State University of New York in New Paltz. In the summer, she participates in Music on Monhegan, a chamber music series she originated with colleagues on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. She holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music as a student of Artur Balsam. Ms. Buccelli resides in Poughkeepsie and maintains an active private teaching studio.
To decompress from the note-wrangling aspects of pianism, she pursues a wide variety of athletic outdoor activities from running and hiking to avid road biking.