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Hello, STSANY Members!

REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR TONIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED! DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS TOMORROW, NOV. 3, AT 2 A.M.! Because of this, I am extending your RSVP deadline for Maja! to tomorrow at performance time. Also remember there's a marathon, tomorrow, so traffic will be terrible, as will the subway, so START OUT EARLY SO YOU CAN GET TO THE CHURCH ON TIME!

I encourage you to RSVP for this special fundraising event. Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute. We have many non-member guests attending whose RSVP does not appear on our website. 

Come out and support us and the work we do for singers, actors, instrumentalists, and all of you who want to improve your skills, and perform in public and private spaces, including volunteer events. GET INVOLVED! VOLUNTEER! COME TO MEETUPS! You'll be glad you did.

THANKS to those who have already volunteered to help out with this performance, as per my recent email. WE STILL NEED A BOX OFFICE PERSON! If you volunteer, you gain free admission to the event, and our heartfelt thanks. Please send me an "I would like to do box office" email ASAP!

Many, many thanks to the following STSANY members who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign last Spring. Donations were also made from non-members as far as Mexico City, Cancun, Mexico and Los Angeles! This concert is largely funded by your donations: 

Erica Schultz; Stephanie Garay; Rebecca MacLean; Gayle Fried and Emily Wade.

Maja! The Forgotten Woman (A Lovers' Tale) is a musical drama written and performed by Anna Bartos, Soprano. It received a grant from the Spanish Consulate in New York, and the fiscal sponsorship of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Maja made its debut performance at New York University in 1994, and has since been presented at numerous venues in New York City and throughout the U.S. This is a showcase performance to benefit STSANY. 


Maja! The Forgotten Woman (A Lovers' Tale)

A Musical Drama (showcase performance)

presented by Something to Sing About in New York

Written and Performed by Anna Bartos, Soprano

with Eric Sedgwick, Pianist

Directed by Gloria Zelaya 

Set Design by Hector Marin-Arias

Costume Design by Mary Marsicano

Music by Enrique Granados

Sunday, November 3, 2013

St. Michael's Theater at St. Michael's Episcopal Church 225 West 99th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City (walk up one short flight)

4:00 p.m. sharp (doors open at 3:30 p.m.)

Cocktail Reception Following

Admission: Students/Seniors/STSANY Members: $10; Non-Members: $20 (at the door)

RSVP by November 2, or sooner. STSANY members may RSVP on our website. Non-Members may do so by sending an email to Anna Bartos. Seating is limited. If you miss the deadline and want to attend, please send me an RSVP email.

The Story...

Maja! The Forgotten Woman is a love story about the life and work of the famous Spanish painter, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, and his bittersweet romance with an unknown maja in 19th century Madrid. It is in English with many Spanish expressions, and illuminates the life and character of Goya and the picaresque lower middle class majos and majas he loved, painted and imitated. The drama also provides details about his dedication to depict human rights issues and atrocities against the common man, for which he paid the price of exile.

A fundraising showcase performance to benefit Something to Sing About in New York: Non-Profit Creative Arts Collective for Singers, Actors, Instrumentalists:

Tax Deductible Contributions may be made at:

About the performers...

Anna Bartos, Soprano, is renown for her bel canto operatic roles and her poignant and exciting interpretations of Spanish and Latin American music. She received a grant from the Spanish Consulate in New York City and the non-profit sponsorship of the New York Foundation for the Arts for her original one-woman musical drama, La maja olvidada: A Lovers’ Tale about Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, the famous Spanish painter, with music by Enrique Granados. Her recordings include Cantares for Soprano and Guitar and You Must Remember This II with Gregg Nestor, and Mostly Spanish with The Ensemble ALMA, founded in 1998, now known as Flor y Canto, which she directs. Flor y Canto presents concerts of over four centuries of music, lecture-recitals and master classes of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American classical and folk music, as well as an international repertoire, for voice, piano, flute, guitar and other instruments. Ms. Bartos has been a featured artist at festivals, i.e., the Leningrad Musical Spring International Festival in Russia, The Performing Arts of Asia and Mexico Festivals at Lincoln Center and the Franco-Italian Festival at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guadalajara, and the NYU Chamber Music Society at Merkin Concert Hall, among others. She holds an M.A. in Vocal Performance from New York University.

___Solo Recital, Teatro Casa de la Paz
: MUSICA--EXCELLENT SINGER..."beautiful singing...mastery of vocal technique...Her interpretations embraced a variety of styles with great success. She soared to unsuspected heights of emotion and expression in the lieder of Schubert and Ravel. Manuel M. Ponce and 'Tata Nacho' were magnificently interpreted!" --REVISTA TIEMPO (Mexico City)

Eric Sedgwick, accompanist, is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach from Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a Masters degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Marc Silverman, as well as a B.A. in English Literature from Brown University. Mr. Sedgwick serves as accompanist for the Riverdale Choral Society and staff accompanist and coach at the Manhattan School of Music, and he performs regularly with Broadway Concerts Direct in upstate New York. He has won numerous awards as a solo pianist, including the Brown University Concerto competition (Brahms 2nd) and the Steinway Competition of Boston. He has also appeared at such varied venues as Merkin Hall, Birdland and the Metropolitan Room in New York, and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Gloria Zelaya, Stage Director/Artistic Producing Director/ Co-Founder of Fantastic Experimental Latino Theater Inc. (FELT); Casting/Stage Director, Around the Block Theater Arts Company; Director, A.T.B., LaMama E.T.C., Theater of the New City, The New World Theater. Winner- Best Director 2007 ACE for Andre Roussin's The Little Hut (Latin American Theater Ensemble). She has many stage and film credits to her name. Ms. Zelaya studied theater in New York and in France with a grant from the French government.

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  • Anna B.

    Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for attending our performance, tomorrow. We appreciate your interest in our events. Be sure to say hello to me, afterwards - especially new members! - and enjoy a glass of wine at the reception.

    November 2, 2013

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