The holidays are upon us once again. Regardless of what is going on out there in the world, good music and glowing friendships always warm the hearts and brighten the spirits!
This year, we are celebrating at the beautiful Casa Feliz at the heart of Winter Park, FL with beloved holiday music (including Jesu Bambino, O Holy Night, Do You Hear What I Hear, The Christmass Waltz, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, etc.), American Spirituals (Go Tell On the Mountain, Mary Had Baby) as well as a few unusal selections of classical vocal presenations by the old masters (J.S Bach, C. Debussy, Norman Della Joio, Max Reger just to name a few).
Simple Gifts Music Ensemble will present classical vocal solos, original piano solo arrangements of the holiday classics by Mark Looney, and featuring former Florida Symphony Orchestra Principle Oboist Aaron Hilbun on these beautiful melodies.
We have a very special treat, presenting local artist Antonia (Toni) Treverton demonstrating live sketches during the concert. Panama born artist Toni Treverton currently holds her studio in Florida, and you can see some of her work at trevertonportraitartist.com.
You won't want to miss this holiday performance at Casa Feliz. A most stunning traditional Christmas experience!
Shirley Wang, Soprano
Chinese-American Soprano, a remarkably versatile
singer-actress. Most recently, she has debuted with Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera as Aida which received critical acclaims. As a soloist, Ms. Wang has been heard in California, Washington, Idaho,
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida, and New York City including the esteemed Carnegie Hall. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Wang is a graduate of University of Southern California and a finalist for the NTDTV International Vocal Competition. Additionally, she operates a successful teaching studio for piano and voice in Central Florida.
Mark Looney, Pianist
Mark’s piano playing is described as an inspirational performance that goes beyond what words can provide. You can hear and feel his diverse training in classical, popular, light jazz, and inspirational. At age 8, Mark started his formal music journey with piano lessons. With his wife Cheryl’s encouragement, Mark released his first solo album with original compositions in 1993. Since then Mark has released 5 Inspirational Albums and 2 Pop Albums. Mark’s music has been heard over national TV, Radio Stations, Pandora, and personal appearances through out the US. Currently, Mark offers private piano and composition lessons and In-Home Concerts in Central Florida.
Featuring Dr. Aaron Hilbun, Oboist
Dr. Aaron Hilbun has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player on four continents. Overseas appearances include Evensong performances at St. Path's Cathedral, London, at the Festival Internacional Bach in Trujillo, Peru and at the Czech Music Camp for Youth in Horni Jeleni, Czech Republic. A longtime Central Florida resident, among some of the Florida organizations that Dr. Hilbun performed with includes the Bach Festival Society in Winter Park, the Brevard Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Orlando Opera and Walt Disney World Orchestras. In addition to his performing, Dr. Hilbun served on the faculties of Rollins College, University of Central Florida,Ohio University, and Bethune-Cookman University.