Christmas in Connecticut Concert!
This year, Katie and I continued our tradition of performing at the Unitarian Society of Hartford Meeting House to support the enrichment programs offered at that wonderful place of worship.
This year, we were joined by guests Rachael Lansang and Melissa Paul Perez. We performed some wonderful opera and musical theater favortes, and even some of my own original art songs! For a write-up on the event, click below!
CineConcerts Presents "The Godfather: Film with Live Orchestra"
My work on The Godfather is going wonderfully, and now YOU can see and hear the restored score with a LIVE orchestra! In January, The Godfather: Film with Live Orchestra is coming to the Nokia Theater.
Come see the landmark film screened in the famous hall with a full orchestra of brilliant musicians playing my newly engraved version of the score along with the picture! Get more information and buy tickets here:
Recording Session with Jessica Gonzalez-Rodriguez
Had a wonderful recording session with mezzo Jessica Gonzalez-Rodriguez! Jessica has a full-bodied warm voice that was such a joy to work with. You can hear samples of Jessica's voice at:
Accompanying for Center Stage Opera
This week, I had the opportunity to accompany rehearsals for Center Stage Opera's production of La Traviata.
Working with such talented voices is truly a gift (and playing Verdi isn't so bad either!) and I look forward to continue my wonderful working relationship with this great company!
Recording Session with Leslie Schipa
Playing Wagner is a challenging but rewarding experience in any setting. Doing it while accompanying the hilarious and brilliant Leslie Schipa elevates the experience even further!
For more information on Leslie, please check out the website below!
Recording Session with Danielle Bond
Danielle Bond is a mezzo who has the ability to evoke rich lows, while also achieving crystalline highs. Along with classical and theater repertoir, Danielle also lends her voice to Film and Multimedia projects.
For more information on Danielle, please check out the website below!
Accompanying for Center Stage Opera's "Into the Woods"
This past month, I had the opportunity to accompany rehearsals for Center Stage Opera's first performance of a musical, Sondheim's Into the Woods.
It has been wonderful getting to hear some of the principal opera singers in a new genre, as well as meet many amazing Musical Theater actors from all around Southern California. Sondheim's score is intricate and enjoyable!
CineConcerts Presents "The Godfather: Film with Live Orchestra" Draws 5000 to The Noka Theater!
The performance of The Godfather with fully-restored score and LIVE orchestra was a huge hit at the Noka Theater in Los Angeles.
I am so proud to have been involved in the project and can't wait to start restoring the next project!
Center Stage Opera's 10th Anniversary Gala
On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:30 am, I will be accompanying the Center Stage Opera stars of past and present productions at the Tenth Anniversary Gala Celebration. Enjoy a 3 course meal and silent auction along with this wonderful concert!
For more information or to make a reservation click here!
Coming Home with John and Katie Jesensky
My opera-singer wife and I return from Los Angeles to our home state of Connecticut to perform songs inspired by family. We will perform songs ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Leonard Berstein--including many genres of music there will be sure to be something for everyone! The concert will also feature soprano, Megan Sherry and mezzo-soprano, Mia Scarpa.
January 2, 2016
Unitarian Society of Hartford
More details found here!
"The Godfather" Concert in Milan, Italy
I will be thrilled to direct the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi from July 21-24.
Conducting "The Godfather" Concert in San Jose!
I am conducting the brilliant Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA to the timeless Nino Rota score April 8-10. Come out and see the show if you are in the area!
Conducting "The Godfather" Concert in Montreal!
It is an exciting honor to be asked to conduct the CineConcert production of "The Godfather" with live orchestra playing along side the film. After the the wonderful experience engraving the piece, I am thrilled to be able to conduct it with world-class musicians.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage REVIEW!
Reviews of our US tour are beginning to pour in, and the reception has been great!
It truly is my honor to conduct such outstanding musicians with a tour filled with amazing content, beautiful venues, and
a perfect crew!
Click here for one of the reviews!
Conducting CineConcert's "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" National Tour!
January 2016- February 2016
I am thrilled to be conducitng a leg of the national tour of CineConcert's "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert series. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings 50 years of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time ever. The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including favorites from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and much more. This live event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, fans and those looking for a unique concert experience.
For more information click here!