• Mariam Haddad

Day 7: Helen Keller, Hope & Gesù Bambino



Hope [ hohp ]:

The feeling that events will turn out for the best; to believe and to trust.




Helen Keller was born healthy in 1880.

At 19 months old, she fell ill, leaving her deaf and blind. As she grew, little Helen was very sad, very angry and so isolated. She knew only a very dark, very lonely world.


She lived, "at sea in a dense fog."

Just as the sun rises out of the darkness, hope can come in the form of a human being. The day Sullivan arrived at Keller's house, she would forever remember it as "my soul's birthday."


Sullivan found a way to teach Helen. The essence of empathy, she found a way to make the living word awaken Helen's soul, to give it light and hope. As Helen stated in The Story of My Life, Anne Sullivan found the way to "set words free" within her.


Helen Keller became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her voice and strength were given to her campaigning for women's suffrage and labor rights American author, political activist, and lecturer.


Anne Sullivan helped Helen Keller find her way to hope.


Today, we hope that you will allow the music and beautiful singing in today's performance lift your heart and spirits.


Are you ready for some music?



Today's featured artist is bass-baritone, Mr. Ricardo Herrera singing "Gesu Bambino."

Our performance today of Gesù Bambino by Pietro Yon was recorded in New York City with Ricardo Herrera, the Lincoln Center St. Paul Singers under the direction of his friend Anne Holland at St. Paul the Apostle church.

About Gesù Bambino

Pietro Alessandro Yon, was an Italian-born organist and composer who made his career in the United States. He composed Gesù Bambino in 1917.


The gorgeous melody you heard in our performance today was also used by Frederick H. Martens in his English language carol "When Blossoms Flowered 'mid the Snows". The melody and lyrics of the chorus are derived from a Christmas Song you might recognize: "O Come All Ye Faithful."

About Ricardo Herrera, Our Featured Artist

Ricardo Herrera is a very active performer, teacher and stage director who has had performances as a bass-baritone in several opera companies in the USA like San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera, El Paso Opera among others and has sung in Europe and Asia with opera performances and concerts.


In 1999 he was honored with the First Prize Award Winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition in NYC and was also invited to participate in Placido Domingo's Operalia World Opera Contest. His outstanding role of Diego Rivera in the opera Frida by Robert X. Rodriguez has been praised by critics around the country. He has conducted singing master classes at various universities in the USA, Mexico, Spain and China.


Always praised for his excellent teaching and personal skills, he has also been a stage director. He directed, among others, the famous opera-tango Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla, which he produced in Juarez, Mexico, bringing a window of hope to that community which had been beaten by domestic terrorism and crime.


To learn more about Ricardo, please visit:

https://music.illinois.edu/faculty/ricardo-herrera

Lyrics from Gesù Bambino.

TOGETHER: We CAN Raise Our Resonance.

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Credits:

Gesù Bambino


Performance by:

Singer, Ricardo Herrera

Directed By: Anne Holland at St. Paul the Apostle Church

Choir: Lincoln Center St. Paul Singers


Video Production Team: Shafique Pappa


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