Performing are AlmaNova, the award-wining duo of Jessica Pierece, flutist, and Almer Imanovic, guitar; and Abram Poliakoff, tenor. The scheduled program consists of the following:
Sarajevo Nights……….A. Imamovic
Histoire du Tango………….A. Piazzolla
O, Columbina from I Pagliacci……..R. Leoncavallo
Recuerdos de la Alhambra……F. Tarréga
Jamilla’s Dance……….A. Imamovic
Zajdi, Zajdi……….A. Imamovic
Jovano, Jovanke……….A. Imamovic
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
Joy to the World…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
Silent Night…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
Oh Holy Night…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
We Three Kings…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
Coventry Carol…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
We Wish You a Merry Christmas…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
Oh Come All Ye Faithful…………Trad./Arr. A. Imamovic
A Classical Christmas is a special holiday experience to be savored at Sierra Madre Playhouse, an intimate environment with excellent acoustics for your musical enjoyment.
A Classical Christmas. A concert by AlmaNova with special guest Abram Poliakoff. Presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse and Sierra Madre Music. Adults $20; Youth $12.
The award-winning ensemble, AlmaNova, is an innovative flute and guitar duo presenting an eclectic program of chamber music. Flutist Jessica Pierce and guitarist Almer Imamovic are both masters of their instruments elevating the flute and guitar ensemble to the highest level of virtuosity and artistry. Their live performances are filled
with energy and passion creating a “...graceful, intuitively choreographed display of
seamless connection.” (Fresno Beehive).
AlmaNova met in France while studying at the famed Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. They continued their graduate work at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the USC Thornton School of Music. Since then they have had the privilege to perform extensively throughout the world including recitals in Paris, London, Sarajevo, Stockholm, Tijuana, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and San Diego. In 2014, AlmaNova will begin their first tour of Japan.
AlmaNova’s music has been featured for various film and TV projects including Chuck, Human Target, and From Mexico with Love. Most recently, Almer’s song “Stani Draga” was chosen for the film In the Land of Blood and Honey, written and directed by Angelina Jolie.
AlmaNova’s recordings have been described as “...pure musical pleasure” (Flute Focus Magazine) and have received much critical acclaim. Their first CD recording 'Debut' features original works by Mr. Imamovic inspired by the sounds and folk melodies of his native Bosnia. It was recently honored by the largest worldwide independent music organization, Just Plain Folks, receiving Best Instrumental Album, as well as Best Instrumental Song, for ‘Sarajevo Nights’. Their second CD, ‘Classic Giuliani’ was awarded Critic's Choice, by American Record Guide calling it “...some of the best [Giuliani] I've heard”. ‘After Hours’, explores the music of Macedonia through thoughtful arrangements and more original compositions by Mr. Imamovic and Ms. Pierce.
In 2012, they released their first holiday album “AlmaNova: The Christmas Album” featuring original and inventive arrangements on beloved Christmas classics.
Jessica plays Sankyo Flutes and Almer plays Kenny Hill Guitars exclusively.
Abram Poliakoff started singing with the Ragazzi Boy’s Chorus as a child, where he eventually performed in several operas with the San Francisco Opera Company. He is a recent graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music in 2013 with a BM in Vocal Arts. There he was privileged to sing with the prestigious Chamber Singers as well as USC’s only all male a cappella group the Trojan Men.
Since then he has performed with Pocket Opera in San Francisco as both a chorus member and as supporting roles. In Los Angeles, Abram currently sings with the L.A. Choral Lab, an innovative chamber choir and educational non-profit, dedicated to funding and performing the works of living composers. He also sings with both Oneonta Church as a section leader and Temple Isaiah for their major holidays.
Abram has a deep passion for teaching guitar, piano, ukulele and voice at Sierra Madre Music as well as privately. He believes that passing on the legacy of quality music in a variety of genres is an imperative for the generations to follow. Abram inspires both his students and audiences to value both past and present music as a transformative and enriching force in their lives.