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DIVAS IN DUET Gulfshore Opera’s GO Divas, Erika Ramirez and Lydia Howery, will perform a variety of songs and duets from classical, Spanish and popular songs accompanied by piano. BIOS: Lydia Howery, alto, holds
DIVAS IN DUET
Gulfshore Opera’s GO Divas, Erika Ramirez and Lydia Howery, will perform a variety of songs and duets from classical, Spanish and popular songs accompanied by piano.
Lydia Howery, alto, holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Erskin College. Howery created the role of Daphne in Jordan Farrar’s opera The Day Boy and the Night Girl with the After Dinner Opera Company at Symphony Space in New York City. Previously, with the ADOC, she performed the role of the Wife in Seymour Barab’s Everyone Has to be Free, to NY Times acclaim. Howery has also performed such roles as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Howery is equally at home on the concert stage, appearing as a guest soloist with the Edinboro Chamber Players, Erie Philharmonic Chorus, and Pennsylvania Chamber Symphony in various works, such as Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Messiah. Recently, Howery joined the adjunct voice faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music, and is involved with Gulfshore Opera’s music outreach program as a Harmony Choir teacher at PACE Center for Girls. Howery also holds a position as an alto core singer with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. She is delighted to be a part of the GO Divas.
Venezuelan soprano, Erika Ramirez obtained her degree with honors in “Music Performance” at Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida- Venezuela) as a student of the famous Venezuelan baritone William Alvarado. She also studied in Spain with Montserrat Caballé and with René Morlóck at the Stuttgart Bach Academy. Erika made her opera debut as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore in 2005. Other opera roles include Gilda in Rigoletto and Despina in Così fan tutte. On the concert stage, she has performed frequently with the main orchestras of Venezuela and as a recitalist in Spain, Italy, Panamá, Perú and the United States. Her versatility has allowed her to cover a repertoire of different music styles; from Renaissance, Baroque, classical, Bel canto, Latin American music, Broadway musicals, and traditional Spanish song with guitar accompaniment. Erika recently established residence in Ft Myers, Florida and is part of Gulfshore Opera staff as a teacher for the Harmony Choir.
(Thursday) 5:30 pm
Internationally Touring World Radio Chart Topping Guitar Duo Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Patchouli and Terra Guitarra. Terra Guitarra is
Internationally Touring World Radio Chart Topping Guitar Duo
Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Patchouli and Terra Guitarra. Terra Guitarra is reviewed as “one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world” – Zone Music Reporter. They have three top 5 internationally charting albums including Of Sea & Stars which won ZMR Award “Best Instrumental Album of the Year 2017”.
Public Radio favorite Patchouli features Julie’s sparkling lead vocals, beautiful duets and award winning compositions. City Pages compares the duo’s live sound like “taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs”. The Chicago Tribune says the duo’s “songs about harmony & healing inspire the human spirit”. Performing fiery Spanish guitar pieces like “Malaguena” to the gorgeous vocal harmonies of “Sounds of Silence” this duo takes the artistry of guitars to another dimension.
In 2018 Patchouli & Terra Guitarra went global bringing their music all over the world touring the UK and Europe, China and the U.S. In 2019 their album Spirit Wheel was nominated ZMR “Best World Album”. The duo continues to tour across the U.S. and returns for a 2nd bigger tour in China in July of 2019. The duo realeased thier 22nd album recorded together in May 2020 Patchouli “Nothing But Heart”.
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra have performed over 5,000 shows, toured a million miles on the road supporting 22 CD releases, performed on TV, film and are played on radio programs around the World. Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, heartstring tugging lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems infused with a visible onstage chemistry guarantees to make the night an uplifting one of music that will leave you uniquely inspired and excited to pick that old guitar back up.
(Thursday) 5:30 pm
For 9 years the Bailsmen have expanded their repertoire to include original compositions and deep traditional jazz cuts. Their sound is straight from vintage dance halls and barrel house parties.
For 9 years the Bailsmen have expanded their repertoire to include original compositions and deep traditional jazz cuts. Their sound is straight from vintage dance halls and barrel house parties. 1920’s and 30’s classics are given a fresh spin by these young musicians. No matter what they’re playing, it’s jazz hot.
(Tuesday) 5:30 pm
“Marco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From a young age, he was introduced to music by his mother, a singer and a music therapist. Having
“Marco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From a young age, he was introduced to music by his mother, a singer and a music therapist. Having been exposed to a variety of instruments and genres since his early childhood, by the age of 14 he chose guitar as his main one and decided to become a professional musician. Since then, he started teaching and performing with different groups in the Buenos Aires scene, influenced by his love of Jazz and of Argentinian folk music tradition.
In August of 2018, he moved to New York to attend the Jazz Program of the City College of New York, and after a year he transferred to The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
Through the Fall of 2020, he took a series of composition lessons with Guillermo Klein; and in December of 2020 he recorded some of the resulting works in his debut album “Parques” (“Parks” in Spanish), with Arturo Valdez on Upright Bass and Fernando Ferrarone on Trumpet. The album was released in February of 2021.”
(Tuesday) 5:00 pm