Please reload

Recent Posts

Blogging to Study for Qualifying Exams.

March 8, 2017

1/1
Please reload

Featured Posts

Long time...unexpected experiences

September 17, 2018

 Well, it sure has been a long time since I posted a blog post on soprano page. I figured it was time to update you all on what I have been up to.

 

 

 

 

Besides singing Queen of the Night in operas around North Texas, oratorios around the country with various ensembles, and taking photos as a side hustle, I am finishing my doctorate. First and foremost (as my mother will be very proud to hear) I am working on my dissertation proposal this semester and finishing my dissertation document in the spring. And in between all of that I am running this amazing ensemble I have founded called Lumedia Musicworks into it's second season. 

 

If you are on Facebook I am sure you have heard about it. The real questions is have you seen what we are producing??? Along side a slew of live concerts (that we livestream for global consumption, especially for the sick or elderly who cannot get out of the house, to be broadcast in assisted living centers and the like), we create classical Music Videos that are set to classical music and tell a story, allowing viewers a way to connect more deeply with what they are hearing. Perhaps they will understand the music better. Perhaps they will connect with the story as the music acts as an influencer for emotional content. 

 

So far we have produced three Classical Music Videos: 

 

Released Nov. 2017

 

Release May 2018

 

Released June 2018:

 

This week is kind of nuts.

It's North Texas Giving Day week. On September 20th every non-profit in North Texas is raising money THAT DAY. North Texas Giving Day is the largest giving day in the entire nation, and last year all organizations raised a total of $39,379,446 in ONE DAY! How nuts is that? 

Donations come from all over, too. 

 

Now North Texas Giving Day also has prizes for the non profits that are participating. Well, of course, Lumedia Musicworks has it's eye on two of them. 1. Best partnership with a for profit business, and 2. Best social media presence. 

 

So we made this video about what Lumedia is all about: 

 

But of course we did not stop there... NO WAY. 

 

Eliza, one of my best friends and assistant with many things that need doing, had this brilliant idea that combined them both into one. What did she come up with? Oh... well you know, just a 10 HOUR LONG LIVE STREAM EVENT WITH DRIVE 35 RECORDING STUDIOS in DALLAS.... 

 

Like.... what the heck, Eliza!? THIS IS BRILLIANT....but also this is NUTS! And of course I said "YEAH TOTALLY LET'S DO IT!" So we basically jumped off a cliff and with our hang gliders on our backs and began to organize the crap out of everything.  New facebook policy is live streams can only last 4 hours, so we are doing three segments. 

 

 

** and drumroll please **

Here is the line up for September 20th: 

 

11:00 On-Air

Welcome!

Julianna Emanski, Artistic Director and Eliza Polly Smith, Video Director 

 

11:15

Purcell’s Symphony V from King Arthur

Directed by Lauren Michael Stroh, Filmed by Peter Koutsogeorgas

Musicians: Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Jacob Cortez, Miguel Cantu IV, Randy E. Inman. 

 

11:18

Mason Bynes 

An interview with a young up-and-coming Black woman classical composer.

 

11:48

Ave Mari Stella - a composition by a 1700’s composer Giovanni Felice Sances

Featuring Lumedia Musicworks from their “Wonder Women” performance in 2017. 

Musicians: Julianna Emanski, Elizabeth Ann McGee, Jocelyn Hansen, Hannah Ceniseros, Lauren Michael, Lindsay Pope, Natalie Manning, Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Jacob Cortez, Donald Livingston, and Gustavo Mazon Finessi.  

 

11:53 

Drive35 Productions Studio

Who are these men behind the double paned glass of the recording studio? Find out here! 

Jose Sanchez, Drew Sutherland, and Jordan Dumont

 

 

12:23

Quant je parti - an Anonymous composition found in the Montpellier Codex. 

Directed by Lauren Michael Stroh, Filmed by Peter Koutsogeorgas 

Musicians: Barrett Radziun, Lauren Michael Stroh

 

12:27

Adam Nomaan Nur 

Lumedia's resident visual artist. Learn about his art, inspirations, and background as an artist with ties to the middle east. 

 

12:57

O Euchari - a chant written by Hildegard Von Bingen who was born in 1098! 

Sung by the women's choir for Lumedia Musicworks production of “Wonder Women” 

Musicians: Julianna Emanski, Elizabeth Ann McGee, Jocelyn Hansen, Hannah Ceniseros, Lauren Michael Stroh, Lindsay Pope, Natalie Manning. 

 

1:00

Historical Storytelling and Upcoming Season 

View an exclusive clip about Thomas Jeffersons love of music from Lumedia's first performance of the 2018-19 season "Historical Storytelling: Soundscapes of Colonial America". Also, learn about the rest of the 2018-19 season events. 

 

1:30

Saltarello - a medieval composition credited as being written by by Alfonso X el Sabio

Featuring Lumedia Musicworks from their “Seeing Double” performance at Fort Worth Live.

Musicians: Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Jesús Pacheco Mánuel, Gustavo Mazon Finessi, and Evan Clarner. 

 

1:33

Julianna Emanski

An interview with Lumedia’s founder and artistic director. Hear first hand about the beginnings of the ensemble, their mission in the community, all the details about their upcoming season, and more. 

 

2:00 

As with rosy steps - from G.F. Handel’s Oratorio “Theodora” 

Directed and filmed by Peter Koutsogeorgas, assisted by Eliza Polly Smith.

Featuring soprano, Julianna Emanski, on all vocals, and instrumentalists Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Randy E. Inman , Evan Clarner, and Miguel Cantu IV.

 

2:06

Sons of Hermann Hall

Learn about our “ Night of Decayed Musicians” halloween performance hall of choice, Sons of Hermann Hall, a historic music venue and bar in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas. With it’s many ghost sightings its sure to be the perfect venue for October 26th. 

 

2:36

Home Sessions with Lumedia Musicworks - a movement from Sieur de Sainte-Colombe's Tombeau les Regrets 

Enjoy this little video we whipped up in Stephanie Raby’s backyard down in  beautiful San Marcos, Texas. This piece features Stephanie and Christopher Phillpott playing in the woods. 

 

INTERMISSION UNTIL ....

 

3:17 

The Unexpected Experience

Lumedia Musicworks tells us what they are all about. 

 

3:20 

Catherine Raible, soprano and Colleen Kilpatrick, collaborative pianist 

A live performance and recording session of: 

"Donde lieta usci" from La Boheme by Puccini

Gretchen am Spinnrade by Franz Schubert

"Ain't it a pretty night" from Susannah by Carlisle Floyd

Sure on this shining night by Samuel Barber

 

3:50

Hail Mary Full of Grace - Anonymous 

An anonymous folk tune from the 1300’s, Lumedia Musicworks recreated the sounds of the past last season during their winter “Wonder Women” performance. Musicians: Julianna Emanski, Elizabeth Ann McGee, Jocelyn Hansen, Hannah Ceniseros, Lauren Michael, Lindsay Pope, Natalie Manning, Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Jacob Cortez, Donald Livingston, and Gustavo Mazon Finessi.  

 

4:00

Roger Michael Hoverson

An interview with flutist, Roger Hoverson! Originally from Oklahoma, Mr. Hoverson enjoyed a varied musical career there as a teacher for the Northeastern State University’s Community Music Academy, active chamber musician, soloist, and winner of the 2014-15 Northeastern State University’s Concerto Competition, and so much more. 

 

4:35

Dixit Dominus for 8 part women's voices

This rarely performed Chiara Margarita Cozzolani piece was performed on Lumedia Musicworks “Wonder Women” concert last season. Enjoy this video clip of that performance with musicians Julianna Emanski, soprano, Elizabeth Ann McGee, Jocelyn Hansen, Hannah Ceniseros, Lauren Michael, Lindsay Pope, Natalie Manning, Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Jacob Cortez, Donald Livingston, and Gustavo Mazon Finessi.  

 

 

4:37

Martha Quigley from the NORTH TEXAS TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY

Meet the spritely Martha Quigley who is a dance caller during her spare time. She loves teaching others early historic dances and is involved with the North Texas Traditional Dance Society. Tune-in to learn a dance move or two. 

 

 

5:07

Video clip from English Country Dance Party!

Lumedia Musicworks' collaboration with the North Texas Traditional Dance Society event from their 2017-2018 season.

 

 

5:08

Sonata VII a tre by Isabella Leonarda

A feature from Lumedia Musicworks “Wonder Women” performance from December 2017 with musicians Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Jacob Cortez, Donald Livingston, and Gustavo Mazon Finessi.

 

5:13

University of North Texas UNT Opera Preview

The Music Director for The University of North Texas' Opera program, Robert Frankenberry, joins us to talk about their upcoming season of opera performances. Some students from the UNT opera program will give a little musical preview of what is in store! 

 

 

5:43

Saltarello (an improvisation) - Anonymous 

This performance was all improv at Fort Worth Live bar near Sundance Square. The Lumedia Musicworks musicians rocking out are Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Jesús Pacheco Mánuel, Gustavo Mazon Finessi, and Evan Clarner. 

 

 

5:49

Vatsal Dave, classical sitarist and teacher at Saraswati School of Music 

An interview and performance with Vatsal Dave, Dallas’ classical sitar player. Learn more about his music, his instrument, the influence the sitar has had over western genres, and a quick how to guide to start playing a sitar. 

 

6:19

Saltarello - a medieval composition credited as being written by Alfonso X El Sabio

Featuring Lumedia Musicworks performing live for “Seeing Double”, their season closer at Fort Worth Live.

Musicians: Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Jesús Pacheco Mánuel, Gustavo Mazon Finessi, and Evan Clarner. 

 

6:22 INTERMISSION UNTIL... 

 

 

6:45

Valona Music Project - Carson Dorsey and Mario Rapaj

Having lived throughout Europe and the U.S., they have put down roots in the west (Frisco, Texas), but cannot sever the ties started in Albania. The Valona Music Project is an organization dedicated to uniting the Albanian diaspora through music. Learn more about how they bring musicians from around the world to provide free education and concerts to the people of Vlora, Albania.

 

6:40

Pero que seja gente - Cantigas de Santa Maria

Taking a journey back in time to the 13th Century, this piece is supposedly composed by Alfonso X. Enjoy our rendition featuring all women voices, soloists, and percussion. Performed at Wynne Chapel on December 21 in Dallas, Texas for “Wonder Women”. 

 

Featured musicians: Julianna Emanski, soprano, Elizabeth Ann McGee, Jocelyn Hansen, Hannah Ceniseros, Lauren Michael, Lindsay Pope, Natalie Manning, Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpottt, Jacob Cortez, Donald Livingston, and Gustavo Mazon Finessi.  

 

 

7:00 

The Unexpected Experience

Lumedia Musicworks tells us what they are all about. 

 

 

7:03

Joseph Canuto Leon

Joseph Canuto Leon is a Mexican-American baritone who is poised to take the next step into the world of opera and oratorio. A recent graduate of The University of North Texas, Joseph completed his MM in Vocal Performance in 2017. Originally from Des Moines, IA, he received his BM in Music Education at Iowa State University. Joseph has studied with many high profile teachers, including Carol Wilson, Molly Fillmore, Mary Creswell, Leanne Freeman-Miller, and internationally renowned bass-baritone and fellow Iowan Simon Estes.

 

Joseph will be doing a live-stream recording session, and you’ll get a first hand look of what it is like to record in a studio. We can't wait to hear what pieces he will be bringing to record! 

 

 

7:33

Trio Sonata in G Major - Jacquet de la Guerre

Lumedia Musicworks brings to life beautiful sonata by french woman composer Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Enjoy this recording from their “Wonder Women” concert on December 21, 2017. Featured musicians: Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Jacob Cortez, Donald Livingston, and Gustavo Mazon Finessi.  

 

 

7:36

As with rosy steps - from G.F. Handel’s Oratorio “Theodora” 

Directed and filmed by Peter Koutsogeorgas, assisted by Eliza Polly Smith.

Featuring soprano, Julianna Emanski, on all vocals, and instrumentalists Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Randy E. Inman , Evan Clarner, and Miguel Cantu IV.

 

7:42

Maria Gabriela Alvarado

Venezuelan flutist Maria Gabriela Alvarado has built a career in the United States as a respected performer and pedagogue of Baroque and Modern flute. Ms. Alvarado also enjoys collaborating is also a founding member of In Radiance, a Boston-based flute quintet Trio Amaranti which is dedicated to the interpretation of historical work as well as contemporary music. Ms. Alvarado has also recently become an active voice in the EDS community. We are so excited to talk with her about her experiences and future plans!

 

8:23

Purcell’s Symphony V from King Arthur

Directed by Lauren Michael Stroh, Filmed by Peter Koutsogeorgas

Musicians: Stephanie Raby, Christopher Phillpott, Thane Elliot Isaac, Jacob Cortez, Miguel Cantu IV, Randy E. Inman.

 

8:28

Kamica King

An award winning and versatile singer/songwriter, Kamica King is known for her uplifting music and pure, soulful sound. A songwriter, performer and speaker, Kamica has a knack for connecting to the heart of her audience, weaving story and song together to uplift and inspire. Tune-in to learn more about this truly inspirational African American womans story and how she serves her community.

 

9:03

Goodbye!

Go and donate until midnight tonight before NTGD is over!

www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org/lumedia-musicworks

 

 

 

---------------------------------------------------------------

So.... If you think this is nuts, which it is because I have never heard anyone doing such a thing, then YOU MUST tune in!

 

All the links to the live stream live here: www.lumediamusicworks.com

 

If you want to donate this week, I have a small goal to raise $3,000 by or on Thursday.


We have a long way to go to reach $35,000. But when you think about it... Lumedia is producing 11 live shows, 2 music videos, 2 behind the scenes "Making of" videos, live-streaming 4 events to be brought into assisted living centers, AND operating costs (which is anything you can think of to run a business...) That is a lot of product. And it's only $35,000 for the whole year?! How does that even work? Well, I'll tell you...

 

It works because I have an amazing team of people behind me helping me build Lumedia Musicworks little by little. They are donating their time, treasure, and their talents in more ways that you can imagine. They have SO MANY brilliant ideas, SO MUCH passion, SO MUCH grit.

 

We pay our musicians and artists first, and whatever is left over trickles down to all those who are working extra hard behind the scenes that make Lumedia run like clockwork. As one of the founders, I get paid last... which means I get paid never. It's not something I would ever complain about since this ensemble is all my passion, drive, and commitment thrown into one entity that strives to serve the community through music. That is why I am asking YOU to donate.

 

We have many donor levels and perks that go with it. One donor level is called SPARK!

Spark is one of our most important levels. After all, it only takes one spark to light a fire and a lot of people giving a little can go an awfully long way!

 

Please, donate today and become a spark sponsor ($25) of Lumedia Musicworks.

 

There are two ways to donate. For North Texas Giving Day go here: 

https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/julianna-emanski

 

Or donate through www.LumediaMusicworks.com/donate

 

If you can donate... well, you're simply amazing, and I'll never forget how you made a contribution. #karma

 

Love you all, 

 

 Julianna 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Follow Us
Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload