Helene Zindarsian & Joseph Bacon: Music for Guitar & Voice


Join Helene Zindarsian (soprano) and Joseph Bacon (guitar and lute) for an afternoon of Spanish,  Brazilian and other favorite pieces for guitar and voice.

Helene Zindarsian & Joseph Bacon at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT.

Joseph Bacon (guitar and lute) is an acclaimed musician, and son of the distinguished American composer Ernst Bacon. He has studied with Andres Segovia, Ida Presti, Alexander Lagoya and Julian Bream. His background also includes degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities, exhibitions of his own paintings and sculpture, and an extended study of Indian music with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He is a self-taught lutenist and an authority on the musical literature for the lute. He has taught on the faculties of University of Oregon, Mills College in Oakland, California State College in Hayward, and the Music and Arts Institute in San Francisco. He has given concerts at Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, as well as many other cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Helene Zindarsian (soprano) is admired for a voice that “goes straight to the heart of the listener”. She made her professional debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the San Francisco Ballet Company after being “discovered” in Italy during an impromptu performance in a Sienese palazzo. A frequent soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Helene has been featured in Campra’s Requiem, Purcell’s Birthday Ode to Queen Mary, Rameau’s Grand Motet, Handel’s Samson, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Rosenmüller’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Purcell’s Dioclesian and Cozzolani’s Dixit Dominus. Other local highlights include the Marin Symphony where she appeared in Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Mozart’s Requiem. Helene is also becoming a favorite with audiences in Chicago, where she performed Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, a group with whom she earned acclaim for her interpretation of Strauss’s Four Last Songs on a prior tour. Music from her Armenian liturgical CD, “Janabar” recently received its international debut in a solo concert presented by Filarmonica Laudamo in Messina, Italy, where she has been invited to give another solo concert during the 2016-2017 season.