Christmas Jazz at Cowans Hall – Dec 22nd

The Performing Arts Guild of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale presents a Christmas Jazz Concert featuring two local talents of international reputation.

WHEN & WHERE

Monday, December 22nd at 7:00 PM – Cowans Hall

Cowans Hall will be converted into a Sinatra-style jazz club on the church campus at 231 Sunset Avenue in Sunnyvale, see Directions and Campus Map

TOP-NOTCH ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas Jazz will feature the song stylings of Krassen Karagiozov and Isaiah Musik-Ayala, a pair of world-class opera singers with a passion for Jazz. Karagiozov is a pianist and baritone from Bulgaria who has appeared in numerous opera productions all over the Bay area and around the world. Karagiozov and Ayala will perform a variety of Jazz Standards in both Italian and English as well as sacred and secular Christmas music.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Isaiah Musik-Ayala

Musik-Ayala is an American bass-baritone currently based in New York City. He has made a name for himself singing in repertoire ranging from Handel to 21st Century opera. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, he recently finished three seasons as a Principal Artist in Residence with Opera San Jose, where he sang leading roles in La Boheme, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Manon, La Cenerentola, Die Fledermaus, the West Coast premiere of Anna Karenina, and the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, among others.

Krassen Karagiozov

Baritone Krassen Karagiozov was born in Starza Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. He has participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia, the Charlotte Opera Guild, the Metropolitan Opera Council, and the Irene Dalis vocal competition. He has appeared with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera San José, Lake George Opera Festival, Spoleto Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, The Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Roanoke, Piedmont Opera Theater, West Bay Opera and Capital Opera Raleigh. He has also appeared as a soloist for the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring the world-renowned soprano Leona Mitchell. Karagiozov is the current organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale. He has worked as a teacher, accompanist, and singer for 35 years.

THE DETAILS

The cost of admission is $25, which includes entertainment, appetizers, and a beverage. The evening will consist of two 45-minute sets, comedy and music. Tickets may be requested via our online “Contact the Guild” message box. Visit www.stthomas-svale.org/contact-the-guild or follow the link: Contact the Guild to submit your request.

Slider image: Slider design and photo of Krassen Karagiozov by Kristin Munday; Photo of Isaiah Musik-Ayala by Vanessa Preziose – vpphotography.com; Poster inset is the original design of A. Karagiozov.

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Freud’s Last Session Photos

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The Guild News: Thank You is Not Enough!

Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain

Thank you is not enough!
Producing Freud’s Last Session was a huge endeavor, a labor of love, and a theatrical success. Many volunteers spent every extra bit of time for the two weeks leading up to the performances to pull everything together by opening night. Although not everyone could envision this powerful experience, the effort and risks proved fruitful. We have received tremendous, positive feedback, and we have all learned ​some things about what The Guild is. There is much potential in where we go from here.

Our Cast:
Sigmund Freud …………………………… Scott Whisler
C.S. Lewis ………………………………….. Billy Houck

Production Staff
Producer………………………………… Jane Houck & the Performing Arts Guild
Director………………………………….. Sarah Dunn-Rankin
Sound Designer………………………… Elliott Mitchell, FUHS
Assistant to the Director……………… Clyde Bickford
Light & Sound Operator………………. Fulvia Govetto
Property Mistress……………………… Susan McVey
Props Assistant…………………………. John McVey
Box-Office Manager…………………….. John Pietrzyk
Publicity…………………………………. Marilyn Winans, Gage McKinney, Kristin Munday
Voice Over Actor……………………….. Charlie Shoemaker

Set up crew: John Pietrzyk, Patricia Pietrzyk, Steve Camp, Fulvia Govetto, Jane Houck, Abby O’Connell, Boy Scout Troop 404, Lindsay Jacobson, Quinn Jacobson

Special thanks for the loan of furniture, set dressing & props: Marilyn Winans, Pat Dare, Abby O’Connell, Whisler Family, Fulvia Govetto, Jon Aderhold, Elaine Ho, Jan Camp, Houck Family, Susan & John McVey

The Guild would also like to thank: Fr. Robert Keim, Anne Buelteman, Mel Hoffman, Jim Cobb, Joe Gutierrez, Kathy Kratochvil, PEP team, Our Daily Bread, St. Thomas Vestry and the St. Thomas congregation.

Thanks to our business & community partners:
Fox Theatre, ​Redwood City
Paquette Opticians, ​Mountain View
Fremont High School, Sunnyvale
Mountain Community Theatre, Ben Lomond

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Freud’s Last Session – Final Weekend!

…Continued

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