Oceans of Living Music

by on January 25, 2017

Enjoy a preview of three songs from my upcoming concert, Oceans of Living Music, Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Church in the Choir Suite. Tickets are $10-$12 available for purchase at Eventbrite. I’d love to see you there! “Under the Night Sky” by James Gibson; and below is today’s post-rehearsal selfie of […]

March 6 Concert Announcement

by on February 25, 2016

Ellena Hogrefe, recital, concert, mezzo-soprano, performance

Singing the World: Life, Loss & Love On our upcoming concert, John King Carter and I will perform arias from Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Verdi’s A Masked Ball, in addition to favorite spirituals, early 20th century popular songs, andBrahms’s Four Serious Songs. Join us for this beautiful evening of music at Lawrenceville […]

Church Soloist Liebau Spiritual

by on February 21, 2016

Today during communion I sang the spiritual “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” arranged by composer Raymond K. Liebau. Here’s a truncated personal story about this superb arrangement: During my DMA dissertation research, I corresponded with a generous composer. He gave me the best arrangement of this spiritual I’ve ever encountered. I’ve been glad to share […]

Animal Blessing 2015

by on October 11, 2015

What fun to be accompanied by dogs barking, cats meowing, and birds tweeting during today’s Feast of St. Francis of Assisi! I sang two arrangements from Southern Harmony by my friend Frank Pesci: “Wondrous Love” and “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” “Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us […]

Multi-Arts Event Announcement

by on August 10, 2015

Auglanta, Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano, multi-arts, world oceans

World Oceans presents Auglanta an inspiring and surprising multi-arts program Saturday, August 22, 2015 7:30 pm Best Western Plus 301 N. Central Avenue, Hapeville, GA 30354 General Admission Tickets $10; Students & Senior Citizens $8 Purchase at www.Auglanta.Eventbrite.com terrific music— songs* arias piano ditties funny stories improv skits movie highlights & more! Featured Artists James […]

Independence Day Recovery Eucharist 2015

by on July 4, 2015

This was a really cool day. I was asked to be the presiding and only musician at the Recovery Eucharist on Independence Day 2015. The service was a special offering from the Diocese of Atlanta during the International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. The service incorporated the 12-step program as part of the worship service. I […]

NuovAtlanta Concert

by on January 23, 2015

NuovAtlanta Concert Announcement I’m pleased to announce my upcoming concert of new music! I’ll be singing 7 songs composed within the past 5 years. The writing is lyrical with soaring melodies, and the poetry is by turns evocative, thought-provoking, and inspirational! Program Steep Trails by Leslie LaBarre features an excerpt from Chapter 11 of “The […]

Westminster Benefit Concert

by on April 26, 2013

Here are a few images from the Westminster Benefit Concert I organized and performed to help rebuild my home church after the tornado of February 2013. Rolando Salazar and I as we walk out to begin the second half of the program at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Looking out at the fantastic audience of friends […]