Melissa Heath, Christo­pher Holmes and Isaac Hur­tado per­form­ing at art mu­seum

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ginny Ack­er­son

The Springville Arts Com­mis­sion is pleased to present Christo­pher Holmes, Isaac Hur­tado and Melissa Heath in con­cert with some of their stu­dents on Sun­day, Oct. 16, at 4:40 p.m. in the Grand Gallery of the Springville Mu­seum of Art. This con­cert is free to the pub­lic.

Christo­pher Holmes, bari­tone, re­turned to his home in Provo af­ter ob­tain­ing de­grees in opera at the Ober­lin Col­lege Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and Tem­ple Univer­sity, teach­ing voice at Texas State Univer­sity, and per­form­ing through­out the United States. With more than 35 oper­atic roles to his credit, Holmes has been fea­tured by com­pa­nies such as Austin Lyric Opera, Cen­tral City Opera, Eu­gene Opera, Opera Idaho, Phoenix Opera, Juneau Lyric Opera, Rim­rock Opera, San An­to­nio Opera and Utah Fes­ti­val Opera. He served as the Utah Lyric Opera gen­eral direc­tor from 2009 to 2015 and re­mains an ac­tive per­former. His en­gage­ments in Utah have in­cluded ap­pear­ances with the Utah Sym­phony, Bal­let West, Mor­mon Taber­na­cle Choir, Tem­ple Square Chorale and Orches­tra at Tem­ple Square, Salt Lake Cho­ral Artists, Ora­to­rio So­ci­ety of Utah, Amer­i­can West Sym­phony, Oquirrh Moun­tain Sym­phony and Mur­ray Sym­phony.

Isaac Hur­tado en­joys a var­ied ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional singer, voice teacher and stage direc­tor/pro­ducer. He has per­formed more than 35 lead­ing roles and has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous con­certs across the coun­try and in Italy. He has per­formed with en­ti­ties such as Opera San Jose, Phoenix Opera, Opera North, Pied­mont Opera, Opera Cir­cle of Cleveland, Utah Sym­phony/Opera, Cen­tral City Opera, Sun Val­ley Opera, Fes­ti­val Opera, Mid­sum­mer Mozart Fes­ti­val, Utah Fes­ti­val Opera, Har­bor Coun­try Opera, Santa Rosa Sym­phony, Sacra­mento Cho­ral So­ci­ety and Orches­tra, West Michi­gan Sym­phony Orches­tra, Tra­verse Sym­phony, Pine Moun­tain Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and many oth­ers.

So­prano Melissa Heath en­joys a var­ied ca­reer of opera, con­cert and recital work. Heath has been a state fi­nal­ist and district win­ner in the Metropoli­tan Opera’s Na­tional Coun­cil Au­di­tions. In 2012, she was a re­gional fi­nal­ist in the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers of Singing’s bi­en­nial art song com­pe­ti­tion. Up­com­ing per­for­mances in­clude Vaughan Wil­liams’ Dona No­bis Pacem with the Tem­ple Square Chorale and Orches­tra. Heath re­ceived her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in voice from Brigham Young Univer­sity and holds a master’s de­gree in voice from the Univer­sity of Utah.

On Sun­day, Nov. 20, we will fea­ture the Sil­ver Winds Flute En­sem­ble. The group, which adds bass flutes and pic­co­los to the more com­mon C note flutes, reg­u­larly plays mu­sic writ­ten for string quar­tets or cham­ber or­ches­tras.W

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