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It’s production week! At the time of this writing the singers and creative team are just finishing their first tech rehearsal in Z Space (See image below – by singer Shauna Fallihee).
Were all very close to seeing Pandora’s Gift come to fruition, and it will be wonderful to share this amazing piece of art with audiences. Following both Saturday and Sunday’s performances, there will be Inter-ceptions, at which the audience is invited to share its reactions with the artists. Composer, librettist, stage director, lighting designer, performers . . . all will be on hand to intercept your questions and reactions, and to talk more about how they brought Pandora to life. Please join us after the shows, and thank you.
Julian Kusnadi is thrilled to be joining Volti this season as a tenor and baritone. He previously served as Director of the Fleet Street Singers and has vocal directed several musical theater productions. In 2011, he was cast in a two-month international tour of a theatrical production. After singing with the Stanford Chamber Chorale for five years, Julian now sings with Bay Area ensembles Volti and Convivium, and serves as tenor section leader at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin. He earned his M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied religious studies, philosophy, and human biology. He works at a law firm in San Francisco by day and is blown away by the talent of his choral colleagues by night.
Joshua Diamant, tenor, joined Volti last year. A native New Yorker, he moved to Berkeley in 2011. He is the music teacher at Stratford School in Pleasanton and runs a growing private piano studio. He holds a B.A. in music from Columbia University, an advanced certificate in music education from Brooklyn College, and level 1 mastership certification in elementary general music from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. In New York, he sang with Choral Chameleon, and the Zamir Chorale. Josh also conducted the Long Island chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir from 2007 to 2011. When not making music, Josh is an avid reader, hiker, home cook, and Yankees fan.
Eric Tuan, tenor, is thrilled to be singing his second season with Volti. A singer, conductor, and pianist with a love for early music and new music, Eric has sung with Chalice Consort, the Monteverdi Consort, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. He is currently the music director at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos and the administrator for Stanford’s choral studies program, as well as the founding director of the chamber choir Convivium. A recent graduate of Stanford University, where he studied choral conducting and musicology, Eric is also an emerging composer, with two octavos forthcoming from E.C. Schirmer.
Tenor Roderick Lowe is in his eleventh season with Volti. A San Francisco native, Rod earned a Master of Music Degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from San Francisco State University. Rod enjoys singing music from all genres but particularly enjoys challenges and rewards of performing new and commissioned works. Rod serves as the singers’ representative to Volti ‘s Board of Directors and is the tenor soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. “Bringing new works to life is extremely rewarding and singing with Volti is entirely different than in other choirs. It requires mathematics, physics, and just plain derring-do. I love it!”
David Kurtenbach, tenor, is engaged as a regular soloist with progressive choral ensembles throughout the Bay Area and North America, including Volti, Apollo’s Fire, Clerestory, and AVE. David also enjoys a notable conducting career, having completed studies in voice and choral conducting at Oberlin. He served as Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor of Festival Opera and Oberlin Opera Theater, directed the choral program at Opera San Jose, and led symphony choruses in Cleveland, Akron, and Oakland. His passion for new music led to numerous world premieres, including compositions by David Lang, Kirke Mechem, Dave Brubeck, and Meredith Monk, among others, and he can be heard on recordings from Innova/Naxos, Decca, Tonehammer, and Koch International. While Chant Scholar and Cantor in the French National Church, David cultivated a similar passion for ancient and sacred music. He currently teaches voice to the boys and clergy of Grace Cathedral, where he sings two services each week as a member of the Choir of Men and Boys.
Michael Eisenberg, tenor, spent his formative years in Massachusetts studying violin and mathematics. He received his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. Later, as a graduate student at Berkeley, he was distracted from his research by singing with the UC Chamber Chorus, was a founding member of Vox Populi Vocal Ensemble, and served as principal violinist of the UC summer symphony. More recently he has performed with many Bay Area choral ensembles, including AVE, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, and Pacific Collegium, and has sung with Volti since 2003. By day he works as a software engineer for O’Reilly Media.