The Reviews are in for Fiesta Finale 2017!

“Milena Kitic… dazzled the audience with selections from Carmen. Another highlight was the creation of a tableau vivant. Ricardo Chavez, Leticia Jimenez and others filtered onto the stage to recreate John Singer Sargent’s “El Jaleo” painting. Then, in a Profant Foundation twist, the 19th-century Spanish scene came to life through a dramatic flamenco performance. Breathtaking!”   –   Santa Barbara Independent

To read the whole article in Santa Barbara Independent, click HERE
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“Aspiring artists inspire Profant Foundation’s Fiesta Finale gala fundraiser.  Benefit event at El Paseo Restaurant features the Santa Barbara premiere performance of mezzo soprano Milena Kitic.”   –   Noozhawk

To read the whole article in Noozhawk, click HERE

Thank you for supporting Fiesta Finale 2017, “

the “most elegant party,” and a “breathtaking” performance!

On August 6, guests at our annual fundraising gala were treated to a breathtaking tableau and flamenco performance as well as a stunning appearance by International Opera Sensation Milena Kitic. It was an evening full of masterful performances by musicians and dancers, all set in the beautiful and romantic location of El Paseo Restaurant. The open air courtyard restaurant is a fitting venue for this “most elegant party” of Fiesta, since it holds so many memories of Fiestas past.

Here are some comments from those who attended the event:

“The Fiesta Finale Gala dinner and program was absolutely wonderful!” – Blanca B.

“The evening was perfectly lovely”  – Mary C.

“The best Finale yet!” – Jon H.

“I was so blown away by everything… I think it was over-the-top and a huge success!” – Gary S.

“Well done! What a wonderful party, and the performances were incredible! Yes, I plan on attending next year – with tassels on!” – Carol W.

Milena Kitic/Fritz Olenberger

Fiesta Finale 2017

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Sunday, August 6, 2017  5:30 – 10pm
El Paseo Restaurant

Join us as we celebrate Santa Barbara traditions with fabulous cuisine, vibrant costumes, lively music and dancing, all while raising funds for scholarships.

This year we are pleased to feature the Santa Barbara premier performance by International Opera Sensation Milena Kitic !

Milena

Fiesta Costume or Cocktail Attire

General Seating $225 per person

Limited Seating Available  –  Make Your Reservation Today!

(805) 682-8184

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors:

Windrun Vintners,   Bega Lighting,   Fess Parker Resort,  and Home Improvement Center

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Home Improvement Center

Announcing our annual Fiesta Finale Gala for 2017!

This year’s Fiesta Finale evening includes a delicious gourmet dinner and dancing under the stars, accompanied by a program of outstanding entertainment.

Milena

We are pleased to present the Santa Barbara premier of mezzo soprano Milena Kitic, known worldwide for her dramatic and sensitive performances.

Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Kitic has thrilled audiences around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. She now enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of the art with developing singers at Chapman University and USC’s Thorton School of Music, and has just returned from teaching and performing in Rome, Italy.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this renowned voice in the very intimate setting of Fiesta Finale at El Paseo!

Milena Kitc

Once again this year – Art Comes to Life, as Richardo Chavez and his flamenco company help us recreate the beautiful El Jaleo painting by John Singer Sargent!

This interactive technique is the Profant version of ‘living art’ in the tableau vivant tradition, which “marries the art forms of the stage with those of painting or photography.”  Not only are actors posed to re-create an artwork, but musicians and dancers ‘come to life’ for a complete, engaging performance of what might have taken place in Spain in the 1800’s.

"El Jaleo" by John Singer Sargent

Kristen and Serge Chmelnitzki, owners of the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio, will be back to delight our guests with their amazing ballroom dancing, performing a Paso Doble and a Rumba, and will also be available to dance with guests.

Kristen and Serge Chmelnitzki
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Robert Cassidy
Julia Martyn
Jackson Gillies
Alicia St. John
Maya Rouillard

Meet some of our recent scholarship recipients – Robert Cassidy, Maya Rouillard, Jackson Gillies, Alicia St. John, Julia Martyn and Rhyan & Zeyn Shweyk will be available to meet during the cocktail hour.

Dancing in the beautiful open air El Paseo will be accompanied by the Martinez Brothers during the cocktail hour and after the performance.

the Martinez Brothers
Rhyan and Zeyn Shweyk

Please Join Us at Fiesta Finale 2017 – Make Your Reservations Today!

(805) 682-8184

Preview press coverage of the event on Page 14 of the July 20th issue of the Montecito Journal.

Here’s the link…    MontecitoJournal.net

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The Reviews are in for Fiesta Finale 2016!

“Once again, the Profants carried on the family tradition of delivering a superb evening from start to finish.”   –   Santa Barbara Independent

To read the whole article in Santa Barbara Independent, click HERE

“It was a conversation in support of art punctuated with laughter, good will, and community pride.”   –   Voice Magazine

To read the whole article in Voice Magazine, click HERE

Thank you for supporting Fiesta Finale 2016, “the best Fiesta Finale yet!”

At this year’s Fiesta Finale we created a “tableau vivant” of the image below, a 1926 B&W Photograph by J.W. Collinge, which we present through the courtesy of the Santa Barbara Historical Society.  The photograph was hand tinted by Peggy Lindt in 1989.

“Tableau vivant” is not only a wonderful way to make art and history come to life, but it is also a tribute to those who keep our Santa Barbara traditions alive. We were thrilled to have participating in the tableau the granddaughter of one of the musicians in the original photograph, Teresa Terres, as well as Diana Vandervoort, who has been managing the annual Noches de Ronda performance at the Santa Barbara Courthouse for the past several years, succeeding her parents who had run it for decades before that.

We were honored to also have several other distinguished community members among the participants: David Bolton, Ricardo Chavez, Misuda Cohen, James Garcia, Erin Graffy de Garcia, Arleen Hurtado, Gabriela Martinez, Luis Moreno, Amanda Payatt, Richard Payatt, Mark Whirthurst, Thea Vandervoort, and Ben Woods.

Tableau photo credit Jesse Rockwell

Fiesta Finale 2016

Photograph by J.W. Collinge, courtesy of the Santa Barbara Historical Society. Hand Tinting of Photograph by Peggy Lindt ©1989

Sunday, August 7, 2016  5:30 – 10pm
El Paseo Restaurant

Join us as we honor Santa Barbara traditions with fabulous cuisine, vibrant costumes, lively music and dancing, all while raising funds for scholarships.  And this year once again, art comes to life!

Fiesta Finale overhead

The Profant Foundation for the Arts announces their annual Fiesta Finale Gala!

The event features a gourmet dinner, dancing, professional entertainment, and honors a few of the people who have – year after year – supported the organization’s mission, and made the journey possible:  Joyce Shaar,  Craig Case,  Barbara Anderson,  Dr. Herb and Mareva Barthels,  the Wilkie and Henricks Families.

Art Comes to Life – This interactive technique is the Profant version of ‘living art’ in the tableau vivant tradition, which “marries the art forms of the stage with those of painting or photography.”  Not only are actors posed to re-create an artwork, but musicians and dancers ‘come to life’ for a complete, engaging performance of what might have taken place in early California.  The participants include James Garcia,  Luis Moreno,  Erin Graffy,  Diana and Thea Vandervoort,  to name a few.

At this year’s Fiesta Finale we will recreate the Image above, a 1926 B&W Photograph by J.W. Collinge, courtesy of the Santa Barbara Historical Society.  Hand Tinting of Photograph by Peggy Lindt ©1989.

Ricardo Chavez and company will present their amazing Flamenco artistry, and Kristen and Serge Chmelnitzki, new owners of the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio, will perform a Paso Doble and a Mambo, and be available to dance with guests.

Ricardo Chavez and company
Kristen_and_Serge_Chmelnitzki
Gil Rosas
the Martinez Brothers

Legendary pianist Gil Rosas will share anecdotes and his vast repertoire of melodies. Entera The Artist will sketch costumed patrons during the evening. Dancing in the beautiful open air El Paseo will be accompanied by the Martinez Brothers during the cocktail hour and after the performance.

Entera The Artist

Please Join Us at Fiesta Finale 2016 – Make Your Reservations Today!

(805) 682-8184

Catch the whole story on Page 44 of the July 28th issue of the Montecito Journal.

Here’s the link…    MontecitoJournal.net

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