Paging Through the Northern Lights

May was a busy month! Rehearsals, concerts, recording sessions, and semi-staged events with the San Francisco Symphony! So much to do, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The music we performed last month has all been vastly different, but music has a special power in that it can touch people in different ways, and May’s music was no exception.

For the past 2 seasons, I’ve been fortunate enough to sing with some of the Bay Area’s best singers in different ensembles. One of which is an a cappella group called Volti. Chamber choirs are sometimes a dime a dozen, but what I love about Volti is that we focus on composers who are still alive. Don’t get me wrong, I love the classics – after all, they’re classic for a reason – but to work with the composers themselves allows for us interpreters to uncover new aspects of a piece from the source himself. It’s the ultimate master class!

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Earlier this month, Volti finished out our 37th season when we performed 2 concerts called “Paging Through” and introduced our CAL composer for 2016, Tonia Ko, a Hong Kong-born, Honolulu-raised composer and visual artist. Tonia wrote a beautiful piece based on Virginia Woolf’s short story Monday and Tuesday, and it was one of my favorite pieces of the evening. We also reprised a work we’d premiered in 2011: Kui Dong’s “Painted Lights.” This piece was staged and implemented by our Executive Director Barbara Heroux.

 

Here is also a soundcloud link to “Monday” and “Tuesday” performances:

We finished out our evening with works by John Muehleisen, Eric Banks and Paolo Longo. We were also lucky enough to be joined by the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir who performed “Ikikaiku (Eternal Echo)” by Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas.

The marathon weekend continued on Sunday when Grammy Award winning-choral director Ragnar Bohlin and his top notch group Cappella SF presented an all-Norwegian concert in collaboration with the Norwegian community here in the Bay Area to honor the 202nd Norwegian Constitution Day (Nasjonaldagen). The Cappella SF concert was such a beautiful experience in a very beautiful church with great acoustics to a very appreciative audience. We had a lovely reception downstairs afterwards in which we sang a second encore as well.

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Voice students at conservatories are traditionally trained to sing in Italian, French, German, and Russian, so Norwegian was something different. It isn’t my first time singing in a Scandinavian language, though. Last year, I gave a mini recital in Swedish at the Palace of Fine Arts. Swedish and Norwegian are similar languages, but they’re also different and require specific diction for each. It takes time to get comfortable singing in a foreign language, but it’s a fantastic way to connect with someone’s culture. It’s much more personable than singing a translation.

A few weeks prior to the May Cappella SF concert, I had the honor of singing a few Norwegian songs at the Norwegian Consulate. Here are some more pictures from the evening:

 

After a busy weekend performing 3 concerts, I started up my next week in the recording studio with Volti. There, we recorded the Dong piece, “Painted Lights,” that we’d performed just 2 days prior. Looking forward to hearing how that turns out!

A few days later, the members of Volti took a little boat trip around the Bay to celebrate a successful season! Here’s me and Rachel Rush enjoying the cool breeze:

Who run the world? Altos! (feat. Volti altos Rachel Rush and @leandraramm)

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I’m so lucky to perform with such talented musicians at such a high musical level (and so lucky as well the schedule worked out to allow me to perform with both groups in one weekend). I believe I am working with the Ivy League equivalent of musicians these past two seasons and it’s so rewarding! Now on to June, with many more musical adventures!

Hugs,
Leandra

I’m on CNN this weekend!

My family’s story will be told on “This is Life with Lisa Ling” on CNN. The episode originally aired this past Sunday and there will be 3 reruns this weekend! It will rerun tonight, Friday, October 17th at 9 PM Eastern Time/6 PM Pacific time and then again tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th at 10 PM Eastern Time/7 PM Pacific time and one final time 1 AM Eastern Time/10 PM Pacific time on CNN. As always, please check your local listings. Read more about the series here. Here’s a commercial for the upcoming episode.

P.S. From now on I will be blogging here, directly on my website. I have archived all my past newsletters as PDF’s and please click on the links below to view all 30 previous newsletters I have written since 2012! Happy fall! Enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Hugs,

Leandra

 

Archived Newsletter 1 Hot off the Press! Newsweek Article on cyber stalking

Archived Newsletter 2 Leandra Ramm – No Promises- Urban Tracks Records

Archived Newsletter 3 Performance TONIGHT at 8pm, wedding videos, and recent TV appearance videos

Archived Newsletter 4 Katie Couric Show, Obsession: Dark Desires, and Viewing Party

Archived Newsletter 5 Let’s end 2013 with a BANG

Archived Newsletter 6 Performance TOMORROW NIGHT at The Hatch Presenting Series and other news…

Archived Newsletter 7 New version of my book STALKING A DIVA, Performances at La Mama this weekend!

Archived Newsletter 8 _Leandra’s End of Summer Newsletter!

Archived Newsletter 9 Half price tickets to Figaro! (90210)…one day sale only!

Archived Newsletter 10 Holiday Party Tomorrow AND my Christmas Song!

Archived Newsletter 11 Watch me on Lifetime Television TONIGHT! Join us for tonight’s party!

Archived Newsletters 12_I am THANKFUL for YOU!

Archived Newsletter 13_My One Woman Show! TODAY at 6pm!

Archived Newsletter 14 My One Woman Show! THIS SUNDAY at 6pm!

Archived Newsletter 15_A Memorable November: A book, a Lifetime Movie, a One Woman Show, three singles!

Archived Newsletter 16_A book, a Lifetime Movie, a One Woman Show!

Archived Newsletter 17_A FOR ADULTERY-One more weekend of performances left!

Archived Newsletter 18_Performance TOMORROW night at Don’t Tell Mama’s!

Archived Newsletter 19_Performances with the New York International Fringe Festival

Archived Newsletter 20_Strong September Newsletter from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 21_Performance TONIGHT at Don’t Tell Mama’s!

Archived Newsletter 22_UPDATED Energetic July 2012 News from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 23_Energetic July 2012 News from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 24_Beautiful June 2012 News from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 25_FREE Performance this Saturday! I hope you can come!

Archived Newsletter 26_Wonderful May 2012 News from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 27_Exciting April 2012 News from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 28_PERFORMANCE TONIGHT Big Jim and The Small Time Investors

Archived Newsletter 29_March News from Leandra Ramm

Archived Newsletter 30_News from Leandra Ramm

 

 

How The Law Is Standing Up to Cyberstalking

How The Law Is Standing Up to Cyberstalking

I am the center of a wonderful article about cyberstalking in NEWSWEEK that has come out today! Please read the article HERE

 

Newsweek author, Katharine Quarmby, speaks more about the issue on her blog:

HERE

 

Thank you to D Rocca for documenting my entire story in my book Stalking A Diva. I’m grateful to be a survivor and proud to be an advocate for change. With my non-profit organization The Alliance Against Cybercrime  we are pathing a road to change. Our next big event is speaking at the Council of International Investigators 60th Annual General Meeting in September, taking place in San Francisco.

 

I hope you enjoy the NEWSWEEK article! You can also read my latest newsletter about this HERE!

Enjoy the end of Summer!

 

Leandra