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Helene Filipecki

Helene Filipeki

Philippe Bardo

Versatile, multilingual professional with more than 25 years experience in Sales and Business Development, Start-up operation and Management in Europe, Latin America and North America.

At present manage concurrently two departments as Production Sales Manager and Special events Manager at The Albion Hotel.

As an Artist Manager, successfully established Federico Uribe as a leading Latin American artist on the international Art Market.

Created and developed a new market area in Western Mexico that led to the establishment and management of a new manufacturing plant in Guadalajara for the Jefferson Smurfit Group.

Keen ability to negotiate contracts, create and develop new sales accounts and to build up long-term client relationships.

Expert at planning events, coordinating and delegating tasks.

Emotional strength at working under pressure in a multi-task environment that requires problem solving and decision making.

Polished in working under different business systems and structures in multicultural environments.

English – French – Spanish – Portuguese
Bachelor of Business Administration – ESCEM Poitiers – France

Gabriel Preisser

Gabriel PreisserLyric baritone Gabriel Preisser maintains a very active and diverse performance schedule across the US with over 40 operatic and musical theatre roles in his repertory including Danilo in The Merry Widow with Utah Festival Opera, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with St Petersburg Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Shreveport Opera, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Opera Parallele, Albert in Werther with Minnesota Opera, Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Minnesota Orchestra, and Prince Ottokar in Der Freishütz with Des Moines Metro Opera to name a few.  The New York Times called his performance as Lt Gordon with Opera Philadelphia “wonderful” and Opera News has praised him for his “handsome voice, charismatic energy, and timbral allure.” He has also been praised for having a “matinee idol’s charm and charisma,” “a beautiful, luscious baritone,” and “a compelling, commanding stage presence.”  Upcoming, he makes several role and company debuts as Mozart’s Figaro with Bellevue Opera, Harold Hill in The Music Man with Colorado Symphony, Tommy in Brigadoon with Gulf Shore Opera, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Tampa, and a company debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in 2016/17.

Mr. Preisser has made a name for himself as a versatile, cross-over performer and has especially  been active in new works. He created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera. His performance as Lt. Gordon with Minnesota Opera was also broadcast nationally on PBS in 2013 and 2014.  He recently took on the role of Farmer Bean in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox both with Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera of Boston.  He can be heard on the first official audio recording of Fantastic Mr Fox under the baton of Gil Rose with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  He has also performed the title role in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Riolobo in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Antonio in Hagen’s New York Stories at Kentucky Opera, John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women at Pensacola Opera, and the Shoe Salesman/Puppet role in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco also at Pensacola Opera.

On the concert stage he is garnering a reputation for his dynamic interpretation of Orff’s Carmina Burana which he has performed with the Winter Park Bach Festival, Atlanta Ballet, Gulf Coast Symphony, and others. He has also been heard as a soloist in William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Jacksonville Symphony, Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Orlando Philharmonic, Bach’s St John’s Passion with the Houston Bach Society, and Handel’s Messiah with Ars Lyrica and The Messiah Choral Society.  In addition, he is a frequent recitalist throughout the US and a proponent of American composers such as Charles Ives, Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland, John Duke, and others.  He was a district winner in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and won the American finals of the International Lirico Concorso Competition in 2011. Mr. Preisser was a resident artist at Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Pensacola Opera, and an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera.  He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a double major in Vocal Performance and Commercial Music and completed a Masters in Voice at the University of Houston.


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April 20th, 2015 @ 7:30pm | “Opéra Masqué”

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Opera Masqué or Masquerade Ball, you decide. For its season’s closing concert, Musimelange is partnering with IlluminArts, to present you what has always been one of all Vocal and Instrumental Chamber Music Masterpieces. IlluninArts was founded by Seraphic Fire’s Mezzo-Soprano: Amanda Crider with a mission to offer audience engaging performances of Art Song, Vocal Chamber Music and poetry so it is naturally that the two organizations are working together to create a special and memorable evening.

Act 1: Hors d’oeuvres by Chef Andres Orjuela & Wine Tasting


Act 2: Ottorino Respighi – Il Tramonto, Samuel Barber- Dover Beach, Op. 3, Franz Schubert – Lieders
~ Amanda Crider, mezzo soprano, James Bass, bass bariton, Daniel AndaiAnne Chicheportiche, violins – Richard Fleischman, viola – Claudio Jaffe, cello ~


Act 3: Enjoy the company of the artists while indulging gourmet desserts.


Price: $55 online*–  $65 at the door (includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a concert and desserts!)


Claudio Jaffe


Hailed by The New York Times as “an elegant and accomplished artist” of “taste, technique, musicianship, and a contagious youthful enthusiasm”, Claudio Jaffé fascinates his audiences with his colorful and passionate virtuosity.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Jaffé has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, including the Weill Recital Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires; Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro; Sociedade Cultura Artistica in São Paulo; Wigmore Hall in London; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. His performance was found to be “eloquent with pathos and tenderness” by theNew London Day, which further commented on Jaffé’s “superb intonation, robust sound, and overall musical command”.

Jaffé made his orchestral debut at the age of 11, performing a concerto written for him by Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali. At the age of 18, he made his first appearance as a soloist with a major symphony orchestra. A winner of the International Villa-Lobos Cello Competition, Jaffé has performed with international orchestras such as the Slovak Philharmonic, the Calgary Symphony, and the Brazilian orchestras of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraíba, and Goiânia. He has also performed throughout the United States with theDelaware, Lexington, Elgin, Greenville, Augusta,Rockford, Missouri, Olympia,Bridgeport, Pensacola, Jackson, Owensboro, Paducah, and Columbussymphony orchestras to name just a few.

Chosen to perform in the Select Debut Series, Jaffé made his New York Citydebut recital at Town Hall. He performed throughout his native country as the winner of the Young Artists of Brazil Competition. As a prizewinner of numerous competitions, Jaffé won first place in the Villa-Lobos International Cello Competition, the East and West Young Artists Competition that awarded him a solo recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, and several symphony orchestra competitions where he was invited to perform as soloist (New London,CT;Poughkeepsie, NY; Pasadena, CA). He was a semi-finalist in major International competitions including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, Russia; the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition inFlorence, Italy; the Naumburg Competition inNew York; the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Spain; and the Viña del Mar International Music Competition inChile. Jaffé was also selected as Musical America’s Young Artists of 1987.

Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales


Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales, duo and solo pianists and composers, are on the Kennedy Center Approved Artist Roster, State of Florida Touring Artists Roster, State of South Carolina Artists in Education Roster, State ofLouisiana Touring Artists Roster, and are the Executive and Artistic Directors of The Unconservatory.

The two were married in a ceremony and concert performance that included the world premier of their original “Concerto For Two Pianos and Orchestra.”

They have concertized extensively throughout the United States and abroad. They produce festivals, concerts and educational events. Their original works and arrangements have been heard around the world. Compositions by the duo range in style and scope from solo pieces to full orchestra scores, from strict classical styles to modern commercial music.

The duo have given several successful concert tours throughout the French Riviera  and, with  pianists Frederic Chauvel and Mark Sole – Leris, formed  The United Nations Piano Quartet  to enhance cultural ties between South Florida and France.

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