Sun, Nov 05|
Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor
Gramophone of the Years Beautiful Concert - 岁月留声机唯美音乐会
Time & Location
Nov 05, 2023, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
About the event
Gramophone of the Years Beautiful Concert
Listen to a beautiful concert of piano and harp.
This is a concert suitable for listening quietly. It will take you into the world of beautiful music in just one minute.
Give us 1 minute, and the beautiful and melodious music will immediately attract you and touch the softest place in your heart.
American harpist Anna Maria Mendieta enjoys a busy career as a soloist, orchestral musician, recording artist and teacher. She is the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and has performed with many symphony orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and abroad including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera & Ballet, Russian National Orchestra, and Russian State Ballet.
Ms. Mendieta is often featured performing the harp concerti of Joaquin Rodrigo as well as special tango arrangements created for her for harp & orchestra. She has received international recognition as a pioneer and “exceptional soloist” by the League of American Orchestras for her premiere of the tango music of Astor Piazzolla making history with the unique programming and use of harp in this musical style. Her Harp-Tango project “Tango Del Cielo” (Tango of Heaven) has become an award-winning international touring show, an award-winning album and the focus of a documentary film. The show was featured at the 2019 World Tango Festival in Victoria, Canada.
As an advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Mendieta previously served a long tenure as the principal harpist with the nationally acclaimed Women’s Philharmonic. She was also the featured instrumentalist for several seasons with Theater Flamenco of San Francisco. A frequent winner of the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program, she continues to perform innovative outreach programs for the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Mendieta has performed for motion pictures, television, and national radio.
Multi-Grammy Award winners Jorge Calandrelli, Pablo Ziegler and Daniel Binelli, experts of the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, have composed music and arrangements for Anna Maria. This music is featured on her latest album produced at Skywalker Sound as the first album of its kind of Argentine Tango music for harp & orchestra. She was thrilled to work with multi-Grammy nominee Jeremy Cohen, who is co-producer, arranger and violin soloist on the album. Her latest collaboration has been with multi-Grammy Award winner Claudia Montero for a commissioned work for harp and orchestra.
Ms. Mendieta’s most recent album Tango Del Cielo (Tango of Heaven) reached #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart and has won many international awards for the album and the accompanying music videos including four Global Music Awards, three Clouzine International Music Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Music Video (Libertango & Oblivion) and others. Anna Maria has participated on many recording projects and for movie soundtracks at Lucasfilm/Disney’s Skywalker Sound. The National Geographic Society had Ms. Mendieta as a featured soloist representing the music of Spain on their album “Serenity – Songs of Peace and Enlightenment”. Ms. Mendieta was a signed artist for many years with the Sugo Music Record label with successful releases of several albums.
Ms. Mendieta began studying the harp at the age of seven at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Israeli harpist Efrat Zaklad. She continued her studies with Marjorie Chauvel and received her degree in music with honors from Notre Dame de Namur University, where she later served on the faculty. Extensive private study followed with San Francisco Symphony harpist Doug Rioth and renowned harp teacher Alice Chalifoux (famous protege of 20th century harpist Carlos Salzedo) at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine.
Other Awards and Honors
In recognition of her Spanish heritage, Anna Maria was invited by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to perform solo concerts for National Hispanic Week in Washington D.C. She has been honored to perform for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, the King and Queen of Spain, President Bill Clinton, President Gorbachev, Secretaries of State Colin Powell and George Schultz. Ms. Mendieta has been featured by the American Harp Society to perform for their National Conference and in 2013 was awarded a special grant commission for a concerto to be composed for her. Ms. Mendieta is the only harpist to have twice received the “Matz Memorial Award” from by Lyon & Healy Harp Company. for “Outstanding Achievement”.
Anna Maria enjoys performing concerts and shows with celebrity entertainers and is often given the spotlight. She has shared the stage with opera singer Frederica von Stade, performed with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra Jr., Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton John, Fernando de la Mora, The Moody Blues, and song-writer/entertainer Barry Manilow who calls her his “favorite harpist”.
Ms. Mendieta performs on a Lyon & Healy Salzedo Concert Grand harp, a Lyon & Healy Gold Style #11, a custom Lyon & Healy Style #23, and a one of kind custom Horngacher Harp with the rare 8th pedal. She also enjoys performing on Salvi Harps while touring.
Fangfang Pan |
Chairman of the Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association, an extraordinary piano educator who immigrated to the United States with an EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Visa, Associate member of Grammy, the guest lecturer of the Xinghai Concert Hall ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) graded-exam lecture series. The founder and education director of Guangzhou Yayun-Poly Music & Art Studio.
Judges of the ZhongSin International Music Competition (Singapore), the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists (preliminary, quarter-final), and many other major piano competitions. Moreover, Ms. Fangfang Pan successfully introduced major music events from Hong Kong and Macau into China mainland, which has made great contributions to the music education of China mainland as well as the cultural exchange between special administrative regions and the mainland.
After her immigration to America, Ms. Fangfang Pan participated as the judge in multiple major art competitions, she was also the Director of Juries of the composition contest of the San Francisco International New-concept Filmfest, and the Artistic Director of America-Asia Art Group. At the same time, she established the Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association which is based in San Francisco, and the GOCAA International Piano Competition (GIPC), as well as the GOCAA International Vocal Competition (GIVC) and the GOCAA International Strings Competition (GISC). As the founder and chairman of GOCAA and the International music Competitions, Ms. Fangfang Pan has led numerous rising young talents from all over the world showing their talents in music on many different stages world-widely. Hundreds of these young talented pianists’ recitals and concerto concerts were held, giving each of them great opportunities to become a better and more mature artist.
Due to the success of the GOCAA International Piano Competition (America Division), July 29th is announced as GOCAA Day by the Mayor of San Mateo, America. And Ms. Fangfang Pan has been awarded Outstanding Contribution Awards several times from different cities.
Ms. Fangfang Pan has been performing with a couple of excellent musicians in duo forms, such as Ms. Anna Maria Mendieta, the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic; Mr. Matthew Linaman, cello professor from the Pre-college of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Time Gramophone Concert Series they performed through cities from America, Canada to China has been awarded Outstanding Artists Awards and reported by major media like World Daily, Singtao Daily, News for Chines e, Sino Television, ChineseRadio.com, ChineseRadio.cn,
1 Song from a Secret Garden
4 Ode to simplicity
6 In our tears
9 The promise
10 First day of spring
13 serenada to spring
心灵 心清 心美 心舒
Piano & Harp Duo Concert$50.00+$1.25 service fee